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 #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 #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