The Reichsluftschutzbund or RLB was the official air raid protection group for the state. It was established by Air Minister, Hermann Göring in 1935. RLB groups were kept busy training the German population for civil defense. Beginning in 1936, enlisted members of this organization were issued a dagger.
The dagger had nickeled mounts with black ebony grip and black painted scabbard. The short hanger was permanently attached to the scabbard. The 1st Model example had an applied grip insignia which features the organization's initials, RLB, in a blue enamel superimposed over a silvered sunburst.
The 2nd Model was issued in 1938. It was essentially the same dagger, however, the grip insignia featured a large black-enameled swastika, superimposed over a sunburst. The blades were a plain polished finish variety. The Officers of the RLB initially carried daggers with one scabbard suspension ring with early RLB lettered insignia on the grip. The dagger has silvered nickel mounts with leather covered grip and matching scabbard shell. A 2nd Officer Pattern was introduced in 1938. It was nearly identical to the previous type, except the new insignia of the RLB, a large black enameled swastika grip emblem, was substituted for the earlier RLB grip emblem. Additionally a center ramp was added to the scabbard to accommodate a more substantial two strap hanging method. Many existing 1st Model daggers were converted to 2nd Models during the period.
RLBALL #44144 1st Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
It has been a long time since I have been able to offer a really first-rate 1st Model RLB Officer's Dagger. These daggers are extremely rare and this example has everything. It is a real beauty, and if you are a serious collector I'm sure you will want this piece in your collection.
The dagger is fitted with solid nickel parts. The hilt fittings still have some frosting in the recesses. The pommel remains in very nice condition, being the style that comes to a point at the top. Around the edge of the pommel is a deep groove that retains the original factory darkening.
The crossguard is in very fine condition, with a stubby winged eagle that looks to the viewer's right. The brow, beak, eye, and wings of this bird have been hand enhanced. The bird clutches a smooth wreath containing an open mobile swastika. The crossguard arms are triangular and accented with crisp grooves. The end of the guard has an early stick bird waffenamt, 'WaA 128"; this waffenamt also appears on the scabbard throat. These waffenamts were only used very early on and are a sure sign of an initial production dagger.
The carved wood grip is covered in fine blue Moroccan leather, applied in two pieces as we often see on this type of dagger. The leather remains in good condition, showing only minor wear. The grip button is a 1st Style, with about 90% of the original silvering left on the sunburst. There does not seem to be any enamel in the RLB initials, but perhaps this is the way they were made as the insignia has been heavily darkened.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and it too is covered in deep blue Morcccan leather. This leather remains in perfect condition, with no nips or cuts and even the seam area is good. It is very rare to see leather in this fine a condition, especially on such an early dagger. The scabbard mounts are solid nickel. The upper mount has lots of frosting on the area under the guard swastika and around the carrying ring. The upper mount is in perfect condition and the lower mount shows minor wear. Both mounts are retained by flat head screws, as opposed to the flush types used later on.
Attached to the carrying ring is a very fine original hanger. The leather remains sound, with no dry rot or any problems whatsoever. It is nice to see that on one edge of the leather, cut but the guard but years of in wear friction. The hanger is retained by two oval nickel tabs which have a pair of rivets holding them in place. The snap clip is an early, solid nickel example marked "OLC" on the reverse.
The blade is the best you will see and truly a beautiful example. It is mirror bright with a needle-like tip. This outstanding blade is fully mint, etched with the Weyersberg Sword and Wheat Stalks trademark on the reverse. The original, new-like dark blue leather blade buffer is in place.
A terrific RLB example here, seldom offered in this kind of superb condition. It will complete any RLB collection in the highest style.
Near Mint. $5,995.00
RLBALL #44087C RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
This RLB Officer's Dagger is a late example with aluminum hilt mounts. We see these occasionally and they are just as fine a dagger as those of solid nickel made earlier in the period, and probably superior to one made of pot metal.
The pommel is a nice example, with more a rounded top than an earlier example, and a groove that runs around the edge. The crossguard has a good looking, stubby winged eagle with hand enhancement to the beak and the eye. The both of the wings also have a pair of hand scribed lines. The quillons are triangular and have three accent lines on each side.
The grip is wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This original leather remains in superb condition, with full grain and applied in two pieces. The grip button is one of the best you will ever see, with full silvering on the sunburst and completely intact enamel on the swastika. This is a great looking grip insignia.
The scabbard is completely straight and it too has a fine blue Moroccan leather covering that matches the grip. This leather is perfect, with fine grain. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated steel; the plating remains perfect throughout. Each mount is terrific, retained by headless side screws.
The blade of this example just cannot be beat. It is only of the high quality Weyersberg types, with a mirror finish and a needle-like tip. All of the crossgrain remains and it is easily in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Weyersberg Sword and Wheat Stalks trademark, and the original blue leather washer is in place.
An extremely fine, late production RLB Officer's Dagger here. You will struggle to upgrade this piece.
Excellent Plus. $2,895.00
RLBALL #44089C 2nd Model RLB Enlisted Man's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
The pommel is a beauty, showing little to no wear. It has the equatorial band typical of this style of dagger.
The crossguard features a stubby winged RLB eagle, having good hand enhancement throughout the wings, eye, and beak. The bird clutches a smooth wreath with a mobile swastika set on pebbled backgrounds.
The ebony grip is perfect and looks new-like, with a fine shine. The grip button has an excellent sunburst, only showing tiny traces of copper on the high areas. The enamel swastika looks good but does have a few hits that look like they've perhaps been touched up, but not detrimentally so.
The scabbard is a real beauty and completely straight. The original paint is hard to believe, just about 100% intact and with a fine sheen. The lower mount is a nickel example and is in perfect condition, retained by a pair of flat head side screws. The nickel throat is retained by a single flat head screw on the obverse center.
Attached to the upper scabbard ring is a triangular wire mount, fitted with a leather strap with nickel hardware. The nickel hardware has four small rivets and the leather remains perfect, which is rare to see on an RLB EM. The nickel clip is marked "RZM M5/71 OLC" on the reverse.
Enhancing the beauty of this dagger is a fully mint blade. It has high quality polishing, a needle-like tip, and 100% of the original crossgrain. It is a real pleasure to look at. The reverse is etched with the Weyersberg Sword and Wheat Stalks trademark and the original black leather blade buffer is perfect.
An extremely nice RLB EM Dagger here. It would be fully mint were it not for the touch up to the enamel.
Mint Minus. $2,295.00
RLBALL #43797C 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
The pommel remains excellent, rising to a subtle tip and with a deeply incised accent line. There is no traces of wear on this pommel.
The guard features a stubby winged eagle looking to the viewer's right and clutching a plain wreathed swastika. The triangular quillon arms have three crisp accent lines on both sides.
The grip is a fine carved wood example covered in dark blue Moroccan leather, applied in two pieces as we typically see. The leather on this grip remains in nearly perfect condition, showing only minor traces of hand wear. The original grip button retains 100% of both the silvering on the sunburst and the black enamel in the swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has very fine, original leather. There are some traces of wear but it is free of nips or cuts, and it matches the grip perfectly. The nickel scabbard mounts are toned to match the hilt fittings. These mounts are in perfect condition and are retained by headless side screws.
The blade is nice and bright. It has only traces of the original grain but it remains in a mint state, with a fine tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Sword & Wheat Stalks trademark of the Weyersberg firm, and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.
A very nice, early RLB example here.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00
RLBALL #43828C 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
The pommel remains excellent, rising to a subtle tip and with a deeply incised accent line. It shows some age at the top but the plating remains intact.
The guard features a stubby winged eagle looking to the viewer's right and clutching a plain wreathed, cutout mobile swastika. The triangular quillon arms have three crisp accent lines on both sides.
The grip is a fine carved wood example covered in dark blue Moroccan leather. The leather on this grip remains in nearly perfect condition., with good grain. The original grip button retains 98% of the silvering on the sunburst and 100% of the black enamel in the swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has very fine, original leather which remains in perfect condition and nicely matches the grip. The nickel plated scabbard mounts have no lifting. These mounts are in perfect condition and are retained by headless side screws.
The blade is nice and bright but unfortunately has some age spots. Most of these spots are on the reverse of the blade and although they aren't too bad they do take something away from the blade. The obverse is a bit better, with some spots down near the needle-like. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Sword & Wheat Stalks trademark of the Weyersberg firm, and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.
A good, basic RLB example here. Because of the blade spots it is priced accordingly.
RLBALL #43611C Prototype RLB Bayonet - WKC
This prototype bayonet is the only known example and it was uncovered by Tom Johnson a number of years ago. The bayonet itself is shown on page 81 82 and 83 of Tom Johnson's volume 8. Like many of the organizations perhaps the RLB was looking to give members the option of wearing a bayonet.
The hilt of this example appears to be made of all nickel material. The pommel is in the shape of a standard bayonet with the exception that the silhouette eagle beak is curved more and has a more distinctive graceful look than a standard K98 dress bayonet. The crossguard though is were the bayonet becomes extremely interesting. The crossguard resembles the designs used by the RLB although the eagle itself is more distinctive of Army. The way that the wings are accented however seems to be more in the RLB tradition. The crossguard features an Art Deco style eagle with outstretched wings. The eagle's head faces to the viewer's right and there is an eye punched in to the area. The wing spread is done in a very simple manner with quillon arms going outward and being in a triangular shaped and having 45 degree angles on each side of the quillon ends. The eagle grasps a plain wreath which has a plain mobile swastika raised within. The reverse of the guard has three accent lines that run through the center area which is made to match the quillon arms.
The grip plates appear to be standard black checkered Bakelite. They are in excellent condition and are retained by aluminum rivets. It is interesting that there is no ferrule below the grip plates as they join directly to the upper portion of the crossguard.
The scabbard appears to be a standard short style dress bayonet type. It is straight throughout and bears its original paint. There is quite a bit of age spread evenly throughout the surface except in the area around where the frog would have been once worn. The frog has gone to time.
The blade is a standard short stepped end variety having narrow fuller. It still has bright nickel plating however there is some pitting here and there mostly around the end area and also around the obverse fuller. The blade is stamped on the obverse ricasso with the Knight Head and the WKC firm's initials below. There is also a standard bayonet type blade buffer installed. It is interesting to note that Jim Atwood first discovered the existence of a identical bayonet pictured in the files of the Carl Eickhorn firm. The pictured of this bayonet appear on page 81 of Johnson's volume 8 and you can see by the photos that although the hilt is completely identical the blade of this particular example is highly deteriorated. The whereabouts of this bayonet are unknown.
Prototypes are always interesting items and it goes with the Solingen method of doing business that they were always introducing a possible new sidearm for many of the political and other Third Reich organizations as this was a smart way to keep up with the times and thus stay in business. Since only one of these examples now exists it is doubtful that the design approved or that production went forward. This bayonet does show some usage as the plating shows a but of wear around the center pommel area and also to the nickel around the obverse crossguard.
It you are a fan of these kind of one of a kind pieces this example is 100% original and totally documents by Thomas M. Johnson. A great edged weapon for the collector striving to add interesting pieces to an advanced collection.
RLBALL #43495 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger
The pommel is a plated example and shows a little bit of flaking around the lower obverse rim. It is the standard rounded type with the usual equatorial band.
The crossguard retains 100% of the original plating. It features the distinctive stylized RLB eagle and swastika. There is pebbling behind the swastika. The guard arms are triangular in shape, with the ends cut at 45 degree angles to impart a look of dynamic motion.
The grip is in fine condition throughout, being of fine ebony, with a bulbous center that tapers toward either end. The grip insignia is one of the finest you will see, with nearly all of the original silvering on the sunburst and 100% of the original enamel on the swastika. It is rare to see such a nice, complete insignia on a RLB.
The scabbard remains straight throughout and has outstanding original black paint. This paint is easily 100% intact and has a fine sheen. It is interesting to note that the name "Albert E Morgan" is engraved into the scabbard paint. It is dine in a very fine, professional engraving and most likely is the name of the GI who liberated it from Germany. The throat is a nickel example retained by a single headless screw on the obverse. The lower mount is in fine condition, with complete plating and retained by a pair of headless side screws.
Attached to the standard triangular bracket is the original hanger. This hanger is complete with the nickel tab and has four rivets that act to secure the leather portion. The leather itself remains sound. Attached to the hanger is a nickel plated snap clip, with full plating and marked "A" and "DRGM" on the reverse.
The blade is as nice as you will see, still bright, with all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. This blade remains in nearly mint condition and is quite impressive. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.
A very nice, collectible RLB Dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $1,695.00
RLBALL #43205C Early 2nd Model RLB Officer - Paul Weyersberg
This early RLB Officer is a high quality piece having all-nickel mounts, except for the center scabbard mount which I will discuss further down in the description. The pommel has the design at the top where it rises to a small point. The surfaces show only normal wear. The sides of the pommel have an accent line that runs all the way around. The matching nickel cross guard features the distinct RLB art deco eagle. The eagle has hand-accenting to the beak and also to the stubby-style wings. The cross guard arms are triangular-shaped having three deep accent lines on both sides of each example. The grip is a carved wood base. It has a bulbous design in the center which tapers evenly to the upper and lower portions. The grip is covered with dark blue Moroccan leather remaining in perfect condition. The leather is done in two halves and retains its full grain throughout. The RLB 2nd style grip button still retains its silvered surfaces to the sunburst background. The mobile swastika in the center, remarkably retains 100% of the original enamel surface - nice and very rare to see.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has matching Moroccan, still also retaining its grain, matching the grip. Other than a small nip on the upper left edge, this leather is perfect. The upper and lower mounts are solid nickel and remain in choice condition with headless side screws all present and unturned. The center ramp is produced of nickel-plated steel. This can be a hint that this piece was once a 1st Model, having been converted to a 2nd Model during the period by replacing the 1st Model grip insignia and adding the center ramp. It is also possible that there were many original nickel scabbard mounts available and only the center ramp had to be produced for the new model. I have seen a number of these 2nd Model pieces with the plated center ramp and also having waffenamts on the cross guard quillon end and throat. When this is the case, the piece involved began its life as a 1st Model Officer and would have definitely been a conversion to a 2nd Model, as waffenamts are only found on the earlier 1st Model examples.
The blade is bright throughout, however, I do not see much cross grain. The blade still easily rates in near mint condition, retaining its needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals. They contain the firm's name and location, "Paul Weyersberg & Co./ Solingen". Inside is a downward-pointing sword positioned between two wheat shafts. The original matching blue leather blade washer is in place.
A nice, solid dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,195.00
RLBALL #43018 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
The pommel cap has the usual slight tip to the upper surface. The top is free of any damage and have a nice patination. The pommel has the standard engraved accent line.
The crossguard eagle is the stubby winged RLB type, and looks to the viewer's right. The detailing throughout the bird is all hand done. It clutches a smooth wreath with a "floating" mobile swastika. The quillon arms have triangular ends and fine accent lines on both sides.
The grip is in the standard RLB pattern, with a bulbous center and tapered ends. It is covered in fine dark blue leather, done in two pieces and in perfect condition. In the center is a fine RLB button. The silvering on the sunburst is gone, worn down to the copper and there is some damage to the enamel on the swastika, with some of it actually missing.
The scabbard has solid nickel mounts. The shell is straight and has very nice original Moroccan leather that exactly matches the grip. Other than a small area on the upper left seam where the leather has shrunk slightly the covering remains in nearly perfect shape. The upper scabbard mount is quite interesting in that since the swastika and lower portion of the crossguard eagle it has retained the original shiny finish. It looks quite striking when compared to the other more patinated mounts. The mounts are retained by headless screws in the edges.
The blade of this dagger is a beauty, being completely bright, with a needle-like tip and having all of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the Weyersberg Sword & Wheat Stalks trademark, and the original blue leather blade buffer is in place.
If you're looking for an early RLB with top-notch fittings and good condition, this example will go well with your collection.
Excellent Plus. $2,795.00
RLBALL #42642 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger
The pommel has the standard equatorial band with no wear to the plating on the edges. The nickel crossguard depicts a stubby-winged eagle clutching a smooth-wreathed swastika, with pebbling in the backgrounds. This dagger has some red added to the pebbling; I'm not sure if this was done by the original owner or a collector. It looks good and does not detract from the piece at all. The quillon ends are cut at 45 degree angles, to impart a dynamic look of motion. They are engraved with four accent lines.
The ebony grip remains in perfect condition, bulbous in the center and tapering towards either end. The RLB grip button has deeply patinated over the years but it looks as though some silvering remains on the sunburst. The enamel swastika is quite good, with some minor chipping on the 3 o'clock leg, but the enamel remains intact.
The scabbard is a fine example, with factory bright paint that is nearly mint. It is equipped with a nickel plated lower mount retained by a pair of headless side screws.
The triangular wire bracket is fitted with an excellent leather hanger. This hanger has a nickel tab riveted to the black leather. The leather remains in perfect condition. The solid nickel clip is marked "OLC" on the reverse.
The beautiful blade is as nice as they come, fully mint, with all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. It is unmarked, something we see on these RLB pieces. The original leathe rblade buffer is in place.
An extremely nice RLB here.
Excellent Plus. $1,895.00
RLBALL #41371 Early 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
This early 2nd Model RLB is in extremely choice condition throughout. All of the mounts are solid nickel with fine plating; even the tip of the pommel top retains most of the plating, something that is very rare to see.
The pommel cap has nice, clean surfaces, with the deeply engraved line around the lower area.
The crossguard features the usual stubby winged, Deco style eagle. The bird's eye, beak, and feathering have all been hand enhanced. The quillon arms are triangular, with deeply engraved accent lines.
The grip is constructed of wood, bulbous in the center and tapering towards either end. It is covered with the original Moroccan leather, which remains in beautiful condition. The leather has been applied in two pieces, which was the standard procedure. The grip button is the best you will see, with all of the original silvering and completely intact enamel.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and covered in matching blue Moroccan leather. This leather is also in very nice condition, with only a few normal signs of carrying time and no nips or cuts. The scabbard mounts are nickel, with fine silver plating. These mounts are retained by headless screws in the edges.
The center mount, however, is nickel plated steel, as it was an afterthought when the 2nd Model was produced. It retains full plating, although the eyelet and hanging ring show minor wear.
The blade is a beauty, with a nice bright surface and a needle-like tip. Most of the crossgrain is still visible. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Wreathed Sword trademark of the Weyersberg firm, and the original blue leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for a first-rate 2nd Model RLB Dagger this example is extremely fine.
Near Mint. $3,395.00
RLBALL #38956 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
This RLB EM Dagger is in nice condition throughout. The hilt mounts are the nickel-plated pot metal type. The plating is starting to lift a little bit on the pommel and most of it has gone from the crossguard.
The pommel is in the characteristic derby shape with an equatorial band. The crossguard features a stubby-winged Art Deco-style eagle clutching a smooth wreath and swastika. The quillons are decorated with cut lines and the ends are cut at 45 angles, presumably to impart a look of motion.
The grip is an outstanding ebony example. It retains the original sheen and is in nearly mint condition, with just a minor hit above the insignia. This insignia is the style with a background sunburst. Some of the silvering has worn from the surfaces, revealing the copper base metal beneath. The enamel swastika has a couple of hits to the legs, but I don't see any metal showing so the enamel remains mostly intact.
The scabbard has wonderful, original black paint. This paint is 100% intact and other than some very minor attic crazing is close to mint condition. Attached to the scabbard is the triangular hanger retainer wire. The hanger is attached, with a nickel clip and supple leather. The snap clip is perfectly nickel plated and unmarked.
The blade of this dagger is nice and bright, retaining the original factory crossgrain. There is some minor smudge at the ends of both sides of the blade, but it is not bad. The tip of the blade remains needle-like. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Weyersberg Wreathed Sword logo, and the original leather blade washer is in place.
A good Weyersberg example here.
Excellent Plus. $1,895.00
This 1st Model RLB Officer's Dagger has early solid nickel fittings. These fittings are outstanding throughout. The pommel is the style which comes to a point at the top sloping downward to a flat area having a decorative line running around the circumference. Below the line the pommel slopes to a narrower center area where it rests atop the grip. There are a couple of minor wearing signs around the center edge of the pommel but nothing bad.
The crossguard is also an outstanding mount featuring the art deco eagle in the center having stubby wings and clutching a plain wreath which is pierced with a mobile swastika inside. The crossguards extend outward having decorative lined surfaces on both sides and being triangular shaped. The guards are in excellent condition throughout showing little wear.
The grip is a beauty being a wood base and covered with fine grained Moroccan leather. The grip is bulbous in the center and tapers at both ends. The original leather remains in perfect condition being extremely appealing and being applied with two halves. The center obverse has the first style RLB button. This button presents a sunburst in the reverse and in the center are the enameled initials of the organization, “RLB”. The enameling is still excellent throughout these letters. Beneath the letters is a blue enameled small mobile swastika. The button has about 90% of its original silvering.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout having matching Moroccan leather. This fine grained leather is in perfect condition on the obverse, right edge and reverse. The left edge has a few nips mostly at the lower area. These nips are not serious but they are there. A shame, as the rest of the scabbard is so nice. This early scabbard also features the twin decorative lines which run down the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts are matching solid nickel type. They too are in choice original condition having nice patina exactly matching that of the hilt mounts. These mounts are retained by headless flush mount screws in undisturbed condition. The scabbard throat is marked with a waffenamt. It is a stick bird with the nomenclature, “WaA135”. I looked on the crossguard end for a waffen amt but I do not see it on this piece. Chances are it was just missed at the factory because lots of times we see the crossguards also waffen amt on these early RLBs. There is no hanger on this piece.
The blade of this example, when we first received it had been repointed. A portion of the blade was missing from the end. We added the missing metal through a welding technique and have reshaped, pointed and repolished the tip area to match. This blade still has quite a bit of its original grain which can be seen if you look closely. The blade is mostly bright having a little bit of “smudge” on the surfaces of both sides but it certainly grades at excellent to excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is etched with the early trademark being the larger style scale with the firm’s initials, “ACS” interspersed. The original blade washer is in place.
A very nice first model RLB here having a tip added onto the blade. This restoration of course is reflected in the sales price. An RLB in this same condition that did not have the restoration would sell for $2,500 to $3,000 more than we are asking for this example. A great opportunity here to add an original 1st model RLB Officer to your collection at a reasonable price.
RLBALL #37538 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger
This 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger is an early example that has never been cleaned. I couldn't believe it but a fellow Moorestownian called me up and asked me if I could take a minute a look at the dagger his father brought home from the war. Well, I thought I had cleaned all of the militaria out of Moorestown years ago, but it seems there is always one more stone to turn over. When the gentlemen brought the dagger in it completely lacked leather on the scabbard but the grip leather was nearly perfect. He had explained that it had been around the house for many years and no one cared about it so it was time to put the dagger into the hands of someone who could properly appreciate it.
This piece has an early pommel and crossguard and they have patinated to an almost black color, which is really nice if you like this look. I hope whoever buys this dagger doesn't clean these fittings; it would be a shame. The pommel is a beauty, with no signs of carrying damage and a good, crisp double rim around the center edge.
The crossguard displays the fine, Art Deco eagle. The bird looks to the viewer's right and clutches a wreath with an open, “floating” swastika within. The bird has hand detailing to his brow, eye, and beak. The wings also have two wide enhancements, simulated a feathered look. The quillon arms are triangular at the end, with three deep cut enhancement lines on each side. Like the pommel there is no sign of carrying wear to these quillons.
As mentioned above the grip is a beauty! The grip base is of carved wood, bulbous in the center and tapering towards either end. It is covered in fine, blue-black Moroccan leather which retains all of the original grain. There is a slight bump in the leather on the reverse but it is not bad. The RLB button is a nice one, with just a hint of the copper base peeking through the silvered surface of the sunburst. The enamel surface shows a little surface wear but overall it is in good condition with no breaks.
The scabbard shell is a steel based type. We have access to the original leather that was used to cover RLB scabbards, a fine grained Moroccan made from the skin of baby goats. This leather exactly matches the grip, and and with our professional installation and workmanship, I really would say that it was nearly impossible to tell we'd restored the piece. Both the grain and the color are identical. The scabbard mounts are in fine condition, with the exact same patination as the hilt fittings. These mounts are retained by headless side screws, all of which are in place and unturned.
The blade of this RLB is as nice as you will see. It is mirror-bright and has a needle-like tip. All of the original crossgraining is intact and other than a couple of extremely minute signs of age it remains in nearly Mint condition. The blade is unmarked but we often see this on RLB Daggers. The original leather blade buffer is in place, also matching all of the other leather components.
If you are looking of a first class RLB Officer's Dagger in outstanding, untouched and uncleaned condition, this piece is for you. It is priced somewhat lower than normal to take into account the scabbard recovering, although you would be very hard pressed to discern this repair. A beautiful, authentic example here, right from good ol' Moorestown.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,295.00
RLBALL #37076 2nd Model RLB EM Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
This Paul Weyersberg example is equipped with the later, pot metal fittings. The pommel cap still looks fairly good, having all of the plating but with a little cracking under the surfaces. If left alone there is no problem with this mount.
The same is true of the crossguard. The plating has worn from the eagle and swastika area and also somewhat on the reverse. Most of the plating is still on the quillon arms. The eagle is the typical Art Deco, stubby winged type, clutching a circular wreath with a mobile swastika inside.
The grip retains the original factory shine. It is bulbous in the center and narrows on both ends. It has small repair on the reverse; it looks like a chip came out and someone put it back in. There is also a minor rub on the center reverse. The grip button, though, makes up for a lot. This grip button has 95% of the silvering intact in the sunburst, and there is easily 100% of the black enamel on the mobile, center-placed swastika. So you have a case here of a little but of age on components that were exposed to wear, and lots of preservation in other areas.
The beautiful scabbard shell is completely straight and has outstanding original paint which rates at 100%. The scabbard mounts also have all of their nickel plating, to the throat and to the lower mount. They are in mint condition. The bottom mount is is retained by two flush-mount side screws, while the throat is retained by a center placed headless screw set into the obverse.
Even the hanger is in choice condition on this scabbard. It features a nickel tab that is riveted to retain the original leather strap. This strap is still in outstanding condition. At the end of the strap is a snap clip which is marked “A” and “DRGM”.
Adding to the nice aspects of this dagger is the absolutely pristine blade. This blade has a mirror finish and easily has 100% of the original grain and a fine, needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with a set of double ovals which enclose the firm's name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co Solingen”. Inside in a downward pointing sword placed in a wreath. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.
An interesting RLB dagger here, which shows some age on the guard but is otherwise very choice.
Excellent Plus. $2,195.00
RLBALL #35594C 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger
This RLB Officer's Dagger has had some restoration work but it is still a very collectible piece and is now in very nice condition. The hilt mounts are the early brass based heavy type. The pommel has a good upper surface having a couple of minor signs of carrying but no bad hits along the edges. The groove is cut around the pommel at the center and still has the factory darkening. The crossguard mount features the special art deco style eagle used by the RLB. This bird has smooth surfaces with details cut into the figure to show the eye, brow, mouth and feathering to the wings. The breast, wreath and “floating style” mobile swastika are all plain surfaced. A great look here!
The crossguard arms are triangular shaped and their obverse and reverse sides have decorative triple lines cut into the surfaces. The grip of this example is a wood base. The wood is shaped with a bulbous center and tapers on both ends. The leather has been replaced on this grip. The replacement leather is dark blue Moroccan, being the exact same leather that was used by the Germans back in the 1930s. We replaced the leather by doing it with two pieces, one on each side, with seam edges on the right and the left. If I did not tell you that this grip was recovered I doubt that you would know it as it looks exactly to the specifications of the original.
The grip button has also been restored. This dagger had no button when it was acquired and fortunately I had one that I had bought a few years ago and had restored in Germany. The button originally had very little of the enamel left in the swastika and this has all been magnificently replaced. This enamel is now absolutely beautiful. We also had the starburst in the background silvered so this really highlights the good looks of this enamel button. A good excellently restored hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has also been recovered with Moroccan and also is an outstanding job if I do say so myself. I can hardly see where the seam was made. This leather identically matches that of the grip as far as grain and color. The scabbard mounts are the steel base type having silvered finish. The obverse upper and center mounts are in pretty good condition. The reverse of the upper mount as well as both sides of the lower mount show some age in the plating but this is the way it is and I don’t think it detracts too badly from the scabbard. These mounts are otherwise in excellent condition and all are retained with flush mount headless screws.
The blade is a very fine example still being completely near factory bright and having all of its crossgraining. The blade retains its needlelike tip. This blade has almost no age to its reverse and on the obverse there are a few minor age spots but they are not bad and only appear to be stains rather than pitting. This blade grade in near mint condition. The blade is unmarked. There is a fine leather blade buffer which we also produced from Moroccan leather. Overall a fine restoration here making for a good collectible dagger. 2nd Model RLB's are becoming very difficult to acquire and this is a good opportunity to add an impressive looking example to your collection. Because of the restoration, the piece is priced accordingly.
This 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger, unfortunately, shows some signs of age on all of the silvered hilt and scabbard mounts. The pommel is the style with slight point on the top, and a groove that runs around the edge circumference. All of the silvering is here, but there is some freckling under the surfaces. The same is true of the crossguard regarding the silvering. It features the stubby winged bird in the center, clutching a smooth wreath, with pierced mobile swastika. The crossguard arms have the three grooves on each side, and are triangular shaped. Again, all the silvering is there, but there is age freckling in the surfaces.
The moisture that affected the hilt mounts however, did not seem to bother the grip leather, as this leather is still nearly perfect throughout, being of two piece construction. There is a small patch of leather concealing a flaw at the lower right, but it is not noticeable. Otherwise, this leather is in perfect condition. The grip button still has most of the silvering to the sunburst, but unfortunately, the black enamel in the swastika has taken quite a bit of pounding on the surfaces, as other than the top leg, the enamel is virtually gone from the other three legs.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Like the grip, this leather is still in really excellent condition, and extremely servicable. The scabbard mounts show some lifting to the silvering, more on the reverse than the obverse, and overall the silvering is maybe about 60-70% intact. This is a shame, but apparently this dagger was left in a moist area, and this is the result. These mounts are retained by headless flat screws in the edges, all of which are present.
The blade is still fairly bright, with good, needle like tip. This blade has a mild covering of "smudge", but it is very light, and the blade is only affected slightly. This blade still grades at excellent plus, and perhaps with a little cleaning, could come up even nicer. The reverse ricasso is etched with the dual oval circles which contain the firm's name and location, "Paul Weyersberg/ NCO", and "Solingen". Inside is a downward pointing sword, positioned between two wheat shafts. The original blade buffer is in place. This dagger would be a great candidate if there were someone out there that has the means to properly prepare and silver plate these mounts. Basically, this is a very good dagger with exceptional original leather and good blade, so it is a shame to see the mounts in this condition. A good project here for someone, and the dagger is priced accordingly.
This 2nd Model RLB Enlisted Man’s Dagger has good nickel hilt mounts. The pommel cap is in the style of a derby hat. It has a good crisp rim along the center showing some usage but no loss of plating. The crossguard features the art deco stubby winged eagle which clutches a smooth wreath having a raised swastika with pebble pattern behind the swastika. The eagle has good detail to his eye, beak and wing enhancements. The crossguards are triangular shaped and have triple lines on both sides. Each end is cut on a forty-five degree angle to give a simulation of movement. The grip is an outstanding ebony wood. This ebony grip is bulbous in the center tapering on both ends to a good handhold. The grip shows only normal usage but no chips or problems. Mounted on the obverse center is the second style grip button. This button has the sunburst in the backgrounds showing quite a bit of the copper flash coat with some silvering still remaining in the recesses of the sunburst. In the center, raised out, is a mobile swastika. This swastika has quite a bit of surface damage to the black enamel. It looks as though someone has touched it up slightly in the past. Incidentally, if you have a grip button like this it we can restore it to its original splendor if you want to send it to us.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has its original black paint which shows some spidering to the finish on the obverse and also some wear t othe edges and a few rust spots mostly on the lower obverse. The reverse area also has wear to the edges but the paint is a little bit better. Throughout the scabbard, the paint still shows brightness. This paint grades at about 80%. Attached to the triangular hanger bracket at the eyelet is the original nickel tab which holds a leather strap and snap clip. The leather appears original to this piece. This leather is in good condition. The nickel tab holds the leather with four small rivets. The snap clip at the end is a nickel type being marked, “A” and “DRGM”.
The blade of this example is still nice and bright having a little bit of minor age in the surfaces but not much. The reverse blade still has the same equivalent brightness as the obverse. It is interesting to note that etched into the upper section of this reverse blade is the original owner’s name and his apparent assignment. It is etched, “A. Scharer L.s. Obertrupp m.” It is interesting to see this on an RLB as rarely do we see personalized examples. The reverse ricasso is etched with the knighthead trademark which is positioned above the factories name and location, “W.K.C. / Waffenfabrik / Solingen”. The original leather blade washer is in place. A good RLB here of high quality with its nickel mounts. It is somewhat possible that there could be research on the owner as we do have the name and the group to which he was assigned with the RLB. Either way, an interesting example.