CUSTOMS #45427C Land Customs Official by Clemen & Jung
The pommel is nice and smooth at the top with no hits to the edges. It features the standing pointed oak leaves that run around its surfaces. The ferrule below also has the pointed oak leaf configuration.
The crossguard gestures a highly detailed open winged eagle with the wing tips running upward. The eagle has all details to its eye breast feathering and also to the oak leafing around the swastika. All of this work is hand enhanced. The reverse crossguard is nice and smooth showing no wear whatsoever.
The grip is a carved wood base featuring 11 ribs. The grip is covered with dark green Moroccan leather and is in absolute perfect condition. It is wrapped with twisted silver wire.
Decorating the hilt is a post war land customs portepee. It is style with the thicker cord and having aluminum and green alternating yarn like threads at the lower ball. The stuffing is also a green felt. These are the knots that Tom Johnson sold for many years and while they are not original they look great on the dagger so we have chose to leave it in position.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It is covered with matching dark green Moroccan still being in perfect condition throughout. The scabbard mounts have a steel base and they are coated with a nickel plating. The mounts are the type that have the engraved lines only on the obverse. The mounts are retained by flatter head screws on both edges.
The blade is also in very choice condition. Clemen & Jung made their blade with matte finish having the graining running lengthwise down the blade. This one is in the best condition I have seen still being easily mint. The obverse ricasso of the blade is marked with the shield and the Z and the reverse has the firm’s name “Clemen & Jung Solingen”. The original newlike brown leather blade washer is in place.
An extremely nice land customs dagger which is textbook in all areas.
CUSTOMS #45359 Land Customs Official by WKC
The pommel is a good example showing some minor usage signs around the surfaces and featuring the standing oak leaves that run around the circumference. All are the pointed variety and are hand enhanced. The ferrule also features custom style oak leaves with hand enhancing.
The aluminum crossguard has a fine open winged eagle with the tipped up wings. There is quite a bit of hand enhancing evident throughout the wing areas and also pebbling to the beast area of the bird. The wreath also has hand enhanced treatment with a raised smooth swastika. The reverse of the crossguard is in good shape showing minor usage.
The grip has excellent dark green leather showing a little bit of wear but no cuts or problems. It is tightly wrapped with a springy brass style wire.
The scabbard is straight throughout being a steel base. It is covered in matching green leather and it shows a few usage signs consisting of some minor bumps and bruises in the leather but nothing is missing. The leather still retains the grains which match the grip. The mounts are the case aluminum style which have the eyelets built into them. These mounts have the decorative lines that are cut in to the edges on the surfaces only of the upper center and lower mount. The throat is the style that is built in to the fitting.
The blade of this example is as nice as you will see. It is in full mint condition with fine needlelike type. The mirror bright surfaces still have all of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is dark etched with the knight head logo and beneath are the firm's initials and location "WKC Solingen". The large style brown leather washer is in place.
A good land customs here showing minor usage but still in very collectible condition.
Excellent Plus $2,495.00
CUSTOMS #45336C Land Customs Official by Alcoso
The pommel shows only minor usage around the rim and it features the standing pointed oak leaves which run about its circumference. The oak leaves have hand enhancing throughout. The ferrule is also features overlapping pointed oak leaves with hand enhancing.
The crossguard has an exceptionally nice crossguard eagle with raised tips at the wing's ends. The detail throughout is all there with no wear to the breast feathering area nor to the eye and beak of the eagle. The wreath is also extremely well done with enhancement and having a fine raised swastika in the center.
The grip leather is a fine dark green color and still remains in choice condition throughout. This grip leather still retains its original grain and is tightly wrapped with a springy brass wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The shell is a steel base. it is covered with matching green leather also still having the grains which match the grip leather. This scabbard leather is in virtual mint condition showing almost no usage. A really nice scabbard here. The scabbard mounts are the steel base type which are coated with aluminum to match the hilt. The three mounts are in fine condition having the accent grooves cut in to the edges on the surfaces only. The throat is built in to the upper scabbard mount. These mounts are retained by flat head aides screws on the outer edges of the mounts.
The blade is a very fine example showing just the slightest bit of age in the form of a little bit of staining towards the tip but the blade still easily rates in near mint condition. It retains its needlelike tip and all of its crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is marked with the logo used from 1937 to 1938 featuring the arch shaped Alcoso letters over the firm's scales with ACS interspersed. The original large style blade washer is in place.
An extremely nice original example here.
Near Mint. $2,895.00
CUSTOMS #44544 Sea Customs Official's Daggers - Clemen & Jung
It is always a pleasure to offer one of these rare daggers. Sea Customs pieces are most difficult to obtain and also care has to be taken as there are many reproductions that plaque the market place. Sea Customs Officials were in charge of securing the seaports and waterways from illicit traffic. After the war began, their duties also extended to securing the borders against saboteurs, escaped prisoners and defectors. My friend and German dealer Helmut Weitze is established in Hamburg, one of the biggest ports in Germany. Helmut has told me that at any given time during the war, there were approximately only 250 officers qualified to wear this dagger, so this gives some idea of why it is so difficult to obtain original examples.
This example is a textbook Clemen & Jung piece. This form produced a lot of Land as well as Sea Customs daggers, as they must have had a special contract with the Zolldienst. This example is a brass piece, which as far as I know, was the only material used by C & J to produce Sea Customs pieces. I do not remember seeing a gild aluminum example in the past by this producer. (The example in my personal collection is also brass and made by C&J). The fine pommel features standing oak loaves running around the edges. The leaves are the style with pointed tips, a feature of Customs daggers. The upper surface of the pommel is nice and smooth and free of hits along the edges. The matching ferrule also depicts overlapping oak leaves of the same design. The cross guard portrays an open-winged eagle with the wings tipped at the end. The eagle clutches a wreath with swastika. This cross guard shows some mild wear to the breast feathering area and also to the leaves around the wreath, but the wing feathering, bird's head and swastika still have good detail. The grip is a carved wood base containing eleven ribs. It is covered with a dark blue leather. The leather covering remains in fine condition with no cuts or problems. This leather does show mild hand wear only. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire. The hilt is decorated with a fine Naval-style silver bullion portepee. The portepee has turned mostly golden color over the years, but remains in perfect condition with no fray. The ball and slide have "V" designs in the bullion weaving. The lower ball has the "cat's anus" style insert.
The scabbard is straight as an arrow having a steel base, as is normal. The scabbard shell is covered with matching dark blue leather. The leather shows hand wear and has a couple of minor age cuts in the obverse surface and a small nip in the leather on the right edge, just down from the center ramp. If anything, though, this leather really talks to you, giving the look of definite period wear, but no abuse whatsoever. The scabbard shell is fitted with matching brass upper, center and lower mounts. The throat is built into the upper mount. The mounts are decorated on the edge areas with lines that only appear on the obverse only. The center and upper scabbard mounts are equipped with round smooth eyelets that support the matching brass carrying rings. The mounts are retained by headless screws positioned on the right edge of each.
The blade is in fine condition and in my mind being mint. The Clemen & Jung blades in Customs daggers are finished a little different than most, being basically a matte finish with the grain often running horizontal, rather than the usual perpendicular direction. This blade shows no age and is completely clean throughout. The obverse ricasso is stamped with a crown-over-shield, having a "Z" in the center. The reverse ricasso is stamped, "Clemen & Jung/ Solingen". The brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A great original example here missing from most collections.
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
CUSTOMS #44460 Land Customs Official's Dagger - Clemen & Jung
Clemen & Jung made a pretty good percentage of land customs daggers and they were always nicely done. This example is no exception. The hilt mounts are of all aluminum construction. The pommel cap is in nice condition having no hits along the rim and the standing oak leaves running around the pommel are the pointed customs type and each and every one has had hand enhancing to the veins. The ferrule matches the pointed oak leaves on the pommel. The crossguard features a fine open wingd eagle looking to the viewer's left with the wingtips pointing upward being traditional customs. The eagle has good detail to its wings with slight wear to the breast checkering but not too bad. The oak leaf wreath is good as is the swastika in the center. The reverse of the crossguard has the original owner's initials scratched unprofessionally into the reverse which appears to be "JEM". The grip is a hand carved wood example with 11 ribs and it is nicely covered with a darker green leather. The leather is original and still in very nice condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted double silver wire. The scabbard is straight throughout having a steel shell like we want to see on these pieces. The scabbard leather is also in very fine condition with no hits nips or problems. The scabbard mounts are a steel base having a matching aluminum coating. The aluminum coating remains in perfect condition with no bare spots. These mounts have the decorative lines cut into the edges on only the obverse. The eyelets are separately attached as are the ringlets. These scabbard mounts are retained one screw in each of the left side of the piece. The blade of this example is brighter than most Clemen & Jungs. Many times we see Clemen & Jungs were the graining will run vertically down the blade giving them a slightly gray look but this one has been done a lot better. I don't see any crossgraining per se in it but this just means it was finished a little better than most. It retains its original needlelike tip and on the obverse it is marked in capital letters Clemen & Jung Solingen on the reverse it has the tradition crown over a shield having the letter "Z" inside. This blade grades at excellent plus plus to near mint condition. The original leather washer is in place within the crossguard. A good quality nice conditioned original land customs here.
Excellent Plus. $2,695.00
CUSTOMS #33414 Land Customs Official's Dagger - Clemen & Jung
As a rule, the firm of Clemen & Jung did not make a lot of edged weapons, but they were fairly prolific with Customs Daggers. This example features early silvered fittings throughout. The pommel is fairly clean across its upper surfaces, still having a good crisp rim. The standing pointed style oak leaves used by the Customs are hand enhanced throughout. A very nice pommel here. The matching crossguard has a fine eagle featuring tipped wings. The bird shows a little bit of modest wear to the head and the breast feathering and talons, but the eye is still there, as is the cross checkering that was hand done for the breast feathering. The bird clutches a raised mobile swastika in a wreath. This mount is also a fine silvered example. The matching ferrule above features pointed oak leaves around its perimeter, also having hand enhancing. The grip is a carved wood base, having eleven ribs. The grip is covered with a green leather that still is in very fine condition. Some of the graining still shows in the surfaces. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire.>P
The scabbard shell has a steel base and is covered with green leather. The leather shows quite a bit of wear to the surfaces and some old carrying signs here-and-there, but basically it is still all there. The original green color has started to turn a darker tone, but we do see this with Land Customs shells. The shell is fitted with silvered steel mounts. These mounts have decorative lines running across the edges of the obverse only. The eyelets are the type that were applied to the mounts and they are equipped with matching silvered rings. The mounts are retained by headless flush mount screws, all on the left side of the fittings. The blade of this example is a typical Clemen & Jung. The grain shows running toward the tip rather than horizontal. This is an anomaly we see with this company and I have noticed it many times in the past. This blade shows some age and some mild usage, but it is still in pretty good shape being mostly bright. The tip has just a little bit of a ripple towards the end, but it is not bad. Overall, this blade grades at excellent to excellent plus. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the shield, having a crown over the top with a “Z” in the center. The reverse ricasso is stamped in two lines in capital letters, “CLEMEN & JUNG/SOLINGEN”. The original washer is also in place. This washer has a slight green tone to the leather, but it may be just my imagination. A good original piece here that shows wear of the period, but it is still all there and is priced accordingly.
CUSTOMS #42175 Land Customs Official's Dagger - WKC
The pommel is in nice condition, showing few signs of wear to the upper surface. There are the usual twelve standing oak leaves around the edges.
The matching crossguard features an open-winged eagle with wing tips that rise upward. The detailing throughout the guard is exceptional, much better than that seen on the later aluminum examples. The reverse of the guard has some very light freckling but it is not lifting. The silvered ferrule nicely matches the rest of the hilt mounts.
The grip is wood covered in fine green Moroccan leather. This leather remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout , covered in matching green Moroccan leather. Other than some normal wear it remains in nearly perfect condition, with no cuts or nips. The plating on the scabbard mounts has a fine patina which matches the rest of the piece. These mounts are retained by headless side screws and are the style with decorative lines on the obverse only.
The blade is a beauty, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original large brown leather blade washer is in place.
A good, untouched Land Customs dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $2,695.00
CUSTOMS #38330C Land Customs Official's Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
This Land Customs Dagger is one of the initial production types with silver-plated mounts. All of the mounts are deeply patinated and I would say with certainty that this dagger has never been cleaned.
The pommel shows some age at the upper portion but all of the silvering appears to be intact. The standing oak leaves are the style that have the points at the top, a design trait typical of Customs pieces. The ferrule has matching pointed oak leaves.
The crossguard features a Customs eagle which looks to the viewer's left and has upturned wing tips. The detailing throughout this bird are exceptional, particularly to the head, breast and wing feathering. The wreathed swastika is a fine example as well. The reverse of the guard shows a little bit of age but 95% of the silvering remains.
The grip is constructed of wood with has been covered in dark green leather. The leather is in very fine condition throughout, still being mint. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy silver wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has outstanding original leather; it has a few bumps and signs of usage, but is free of cuts. The silvered steel scabbard mounts are also in very fine condition. These mounts have accent lines that run all the way around the fittings; we see many reproductions that have this same trait, but we also now know that some of the early pieces also have these lines running entirely around. These fine mounts are retained by headless screws in the left edge. The throat is a built-in type, and the eyelets are plain with matching silvered carrying rings.
The blade of this dagger is very beautiful, being a high quality nickel-plated type. The plating is in full mint condition and is mirror-bright throughout. The reverse ricasso is etched with Weyersberg trademark; a pair of wheat stalks flanking a downward pointing sword. The original brown leather blade buffer is firmly in place.
A nice, untouched, 100% original Land Customs Dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,595.00
CUSTOMS #36839 Land Customs Official's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
The pommel shows no hits to the rim, and has a good, smooth upper surface. The standing Land Customs oak leaves have hand-enhanced to the veins, as well as to the casting seam on both sides. The ferrule has the same workmanship to the oak leaves that run about the circumference.
The crossguard of this example has the usual raised, open-winged Land Customs eagle; the wingtips of this bird point slightly upward. There is much handwork evident to the both the breast and eye, as well as to the talons and wreath. A fine crossguard here, still in nice condition.
The grip of the dagger is constructed of leather over a base of carved wood. The Land Custom grips actually have more ribs than those of an Army dagger, 11 in total. This particular example has had the leather of both the grip and scabbard professionally recovered. The leather restoration job is truly outstanding; I doubt that you would know it was done if I didn't mention it! The leather has a very fine grain, and appears to be identical to the leather used originally. We did not perform this job in-house, but whoever did the work was truly an excellent craftsman. The grip is wrapped with springy wire, something we don't normally see on an Eickhorn dagger; twisted brass wire is normally associated with Eickhorn pieces. This wire was the thing that initially called my attention to the restored leather work. The wire looks quite good, though, so it is probably best to just leave it alone.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and, as mentioned above, the leather restoration work is absolutely perfect. The scabbard mounts are the aluminum type. The upper and center mount have eyelets which is built into the casting. The mounts have the decorative lines on the edges which meet the scabbard, but only on the obverse facing. They are retained by flush mount side screws. The two carrying rings are also of aluminum.
The blade is a fine example, having a polished surface and a a needle-like tip. This blade shows only the most minor signs of age and is still in good condition. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the 1935-41 squirrel logo. The rodent looks to the left, and clutches a downward pointing sword in this paws. Above the animal is the word “Quality”, and below the firm's name and location, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A really nice Land Customs Dagger here, which if you did not know the leather had been restored would be worth at least a thousand dollars more than our asking price.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,995.00
CUSTOMS #36671 Land Customs Official's Dagger
This Land Customs Official's Dagger is an interesting dagger in that the grip base is not wood, but rather is constructed of shaped aluminum. We see this type of grip used later in the war, used on Helbig glider daggers as well as on swords made by the Clemen & Jung firm. In fact, it is possible that this dagger comes by Clemen & Jung. It is hard to tell though, as the blade is unmarked.
The upper hilt of the dagger is fitted out with standard aluminum hilt components. The pommel is in choice condition throughout the upper area, which shows little to no use. The edges have no hits and are still smooth throughout. The sides of the pommel are decorated with standing oak leaves. As is usually the case, there is some hand-enhancing accenting these leaves. The ferrule is a matching aluminum type, also having hand-enhancing to the leaves that run around the circumference. The crossguard features an open-winged eagle, with his wingtips upward. This bird has nice, hand-enhanced detail throughout. The reverse guard is totally smooth throughout. A good looking hilt here.
The aluminum base grip has been covered in dark green leather. The leather is still in perfect condition, and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.
The scabbard features a steel shell, covered in matching dark green leather with also remains in totally perfect condition. This original leather has fine pebbling throughout the surfaces. The scabbard mounts are of nickel-plated steel. Each mount has the decorative lines cut into the edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The lines run only on obverse facing of the mount. These mounts have separate eyelets with matching nickel rings. The mounts are retained by headless flush-mount screws, all of which are on the left side. The scabbard throat is build into the top mount, as is usual with Land Customs scabbards.
The blade of this example is still nice and bright, showing only the most modest indications of age. It has a needle-like tip, and most of the factory grain is still in the surfaces. The original brown leather buffer is in place, showing some minor age.
A really interesting Land Customs Official's Dagger here, the first I can remember having an all aluminum based grip.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,795.00