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The DLV (Deutscher Luftsport Verband) was organized in 1933, as a para-military sports organization for Germans to fly limited motor-driven airplanes, gliders and ballooning.

DLV Officers wore a very long dirk, measuring 55cm. The dirk design was a cruciform, consisting of cigar-shape ribbed wood grip, covered with blue leather. The round nickel-silver, flat-surfaced pommel and matching downswept winged crossguard were inlaid with gilded brass sunwheel swastikas on both sides. The long scabbard was a composition base material, covered with matching blue leather. There are three nickel scabbard mounts which are retained with staples. A chain hanger is affixed to the upper two mounts. The long blade is a nickel-plated example. Transitional DLV and 1st Model Luftwaffe examples exist which are shortened DLV examples, or examples having early composition scabbards and staple-held fittings. The 1st Model Luftwaffe evolved from these daggers.

The 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger, although still a fairly long weapon, was a shorter variation of the previously carried DLV Officer. In 1935, Hitler unveiled the "secret" Luftwaffe to the world, defying the Versailles Treaty. It became the third fighting branch of the German Wehrmacht, and was headed by Hermann Göring as Commander-in-Chief. Initially, only Luftwaffe Officers with flying status wore the new Fliegerdolch. Later, regulations were relaxed and other Officers were permitted to wear the "flying dagger". After 1937, Officers were required to wear the newly introduced Offizierdolch or 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger.

The 1st Model, from that point on, was worn by high ranking NCO's, not officers. Initial patterns of the early Fliegerdolche were constructed using heavy solid nickel materials for hilt and scabbard mounts. Gilded brass sunwheel swastika inserts decorated the pommel and crossguard. The cigar-shape, wood-based grip and scabbard shell are covered in a rich Moroccan blue leather. A chain hanger with snap clip is attached to the scabbard. Examples produced after 1938 have aluminum fittings. Late examples were produced of nickel pot metal hilt fittings with plated steel scabbard fittings. Blades were usually quality nickel plated.



LD1 #45735 Mid-Period 1st Model Luftwaffe - Anton Wingen, Jr.

This 1st Model Luft' remains in untouched, uncleaned condition. The hilt is the mid-period variety where the base medal used was pot medal, being silver-plated. Both the pommel and the cross guard are highly patinated. The sun wheel swastikas, being the style that are built-into the mounts, have toned the same patina color has their surrounding parts. Overall all, though, in spite of the deep patina, these mounts show little usage. The grip is a carved wood base, being covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather remains in perfect condition, still having excellent grain. The grip is tightly wrapped with brass triple wire, the center being twisted. The built-in cross guard butt plate is the thicker type we see on this vintage dagger.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It too, is covered with choice blue Moroccan leather. The leather shows only nominal usage signs, but no cuts or bruises, still remaking perfect. The grain is also all there. The shell is fitted with three mounts, being a steel base, and having nickel-plated surfaces. The mounts also have patinated, matching the hilt mounts. The mounts are retained by headless side screws. The chain is an aluminum example. It has six upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. The chain is connected to a matching aluminum snap clip being "OLC" marked.

The blade is a highest quality example having heavily nickel-plated, mirrored surfaces. This blade easily is in brand-new, full mint condition. It is a real head-turner as it is removed from the scabbard with its patinated mounts. The dagger reverse ricasso is etched with the small knight logo. Above the figure are the Wingen initials, "A.W. Jr.", and below, "Solingen". The original blade washer is in place.

A good untouched representative of a mid-period piece.

Excellent. $895.00

LD1 #45715 Mid-Period 1st Model Luftwaffe - WKC

This 1st Model remains in uncleaned, untouched condition. These mid-period types have hilts that were produced of a pot metal base, lightly silver-plated, and having the addition of gild sun wheel swastikas to the pommel and cross guard. The pommel and cross guard both have remains of the silver frosting, and also there are minor remains of the gild to the sun wheels. Both of these parts show little usage with both having crisp edges. The grip is a carved wood base having a fine covering of blue Moroccan leather. The leather remains in absolute perfect condition, still having 100% of its original grain - this piece was not used much. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple-brass wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is covered with matching blue Moroccan leather. Like the grip, the scabbard leather is also perfect throughout, retaining its original full grain - nice. The scabbard mounts are of steel, being nickel plated. There are a couple of lifting signs in the plating, but overall, the plating is still good, being deeply patinated. All original headless side screws are in place. The chain is a fairly rare type having nickel ringlets, matched up with a pot metal clip, having the letters "DRGM" built into the clip casting. This is the same snap clip used on Chained NPEA Leader daggers and also Postal Official daggers. Like is often found on these clips, the "push-in" part is slightly sprung and it is best to leave it alone, as pushing it in can risk breaking the back portion of the clip since it is pot medal and not malleable. The chain has nine ringlets at the upper, and the lower chain has fourteen ringlets.

The WKC marked blade is one to write home about. A real beauty here having deluxe nickel-plated surfaces. It is mirror mint. The ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark, and beneath are the initials, "WKC. The original blue blade washer is in place.

A good piece here representative of the mid-period types.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

LD1 #43413 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe by E. & F. Horster

This early 1st luft appears to be of initial production. It has fine nickel silver solid mounts throughout. The pommel sunwheel as well as the crossguard sunwheels appear to have all of the silvering still intact between the legs.

The pommel edges are in good shape with only mild usage signs. The crossguard wings are nicely patinated being the three section type flowing downward.

The grip is a carved wood base covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather appears to be in perfect condition. It is wrapped with triple brass wire the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent matching blue leather still having good grain. The leather remains in perfect condition throughout. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel silver and all three are in good condition the lower mount showing some usage signs but no real problems. These mounts are retained by headless side screws.

Attached to the upper and center ramp is a fine Luftwaffe early chain. The chain has 9 upper ringlets and 14 lower ringlets with all connectors in good condition. The two chain are equipped to an unmarked solid nickel clip.

The blade of this example is very fine having high quality bright nickel plated finish with needlelike tip. This blade remains in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location E. & F. Horster Solingen. In the center is the large H letter with a smaller H and S letter in between being pierced by a sword. Below the maker marking is an early waffenamt featuring a stickbrid eagle with number 5 in its belly. The original blue washer is in place.

A nice untouched 1st Model early Luftwaffe here.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

LD1 #45623 Late 1st Model Luftwaffe by F. W. Höller

This Luftwaffe is the later type having the pot metal hilt mounts. On these later types the sunwheels are built in to the casting of both the pommel and the crossguard area.

The pommel has that gray metal look as does the crossguard. Both mounts are in good condition showing no hits.

The grip is a carved wood base being covered in Moroccan blue leather. The leather shows some usage but overall it is in good condition and is wrapped with triple brass wire the center wire being a springy type.

The scabbard is straight throughout having all original leather. The leather has a couple of cuts and usage signs but overall it is not too bad and is reflective of the history of the piece. The leather still has most of the grain. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition being the nickel plated steel type. The lower mount has patinaed darker than the other two but that is what time does with things. The lower mount does have the two screws but the screws are set below the holes so there is a little wiggling there and if someone wanted to unscrew the screws a bit to pull them out a little bit it would probably solve the problem. The scabbard is equipped with a fine aluminum chain. The chain has 6 upper links and 7 lower links. These links are connected to a matching aluminum snap clip which is marked on the reverse “OLC”.

The blade is a nickel plated example which is still bright throughout with needlelike tip. It shows some mild usage signs mostly along the edges and a little bit at the lower area center ridge but overall the blade is still in fairly good condition rating certainly excellent plus plus. The reverse is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location F. W. Höller Solingen and inside is the familiar thermometer. The original leather buffer is in place showing some usage signs but it is still all there.

A decent 1st Model Luftwaffe here for someone that is looking to fill a space in a collection or someone who is on a budget.

Good Plus. $695.00

LD1 #32914 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in an untouched state and does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. The mounts are the early nickel type. The pommel, as well as the crossguard swastikas, appear to show some wear between the sunwheel legs, but there is so much patination throughout the surfaces, it is difficult to tell. The brass sunwheels, though, look pretty good against the dark backgrounds. The crossguard arms are still fairly crisp and are in good condition. The grip is a carved wood base, being covered with Moroccan leather. The leather has a couple of scrapes on some of the ribs, revealing the wood beneath. This can be easily covered with some meltonian shoe cream available in good shoe stores, or you can google them on the Internet. The leather is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has matching Moroccan leather and the leather is in good condition overall, showing usage signs in the surfaces. Unfortunately, the leather has pulled back a little at the upper left edge, where the seams come together. The area, though, is quite dark and, therefore, is not very noticeable. The scabbard mounts are also uncleaned and have a dark patination throughout. They al seem to be in good condition, and they are retained by headless flush mount side screws. The matching nickel chain is equipped with 8 upper ringlets and 13 lower examples. They are connected to an unmarked matching nickel snap clip. It is interesting to note that the scabbard throat is marked with the number “84”. The blade is also numerically marked with the number “5”. I do not know why the numbers do not match, but with these type of accountability numbered Luftwaffes, we often see this as the daggers were probably issued to flight candidates, and chances are the scabbards frequently got mixed with other daggers.

The blade is a fine nickel-plated type. It is nice and bright and still remains in mint condition, having only runner marks in the center. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co/Solingen”. In the center is a downward pointing sword positioned between two wheat sheafs. The original blue leather blade buffer is in position. This is a good dagger for someone who likes to clean things up. In the case of this example, the patination is really not even throughout, so it wouldn’t hurt to clean this dagger if the next purchaser is of that mind.

A good, sound early example of the type here!

Excellent. $1,295.00


LD1 #45366 Aluminum 1st Model Luftwaffe by WKC

This aluminum example shows some usage of the period but like we often see with this aluminum mounts they still have their original brightness.

The pommel shows a few signs of wearing but no severe hits or scratches. It also retains 100 percent of its original gilt surface on the sunwheels.The crossguard sunwheels also have 100 percent coverage. The crossguard arms are in excellent condition with their three downward flowing segments.

The carved wood grip is covered with blue Moroccan leather. This leather is in excellent condition throughout, with no cuts or problems anywhere. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is in good condition throughout and is also covered with matching blue Moroccan. This leather shows some usage but there are no cuts nips or problems anywhere with it. Most of the grain is also still there nicely matching that of the grip. The aluminum scabbard mounts also show some mild usage in the surfaces but they are still in good condition. They are retained by headless screws in the sides.

There is an aluminum chain equipped with six ringlets at the top and eight ringlets at the bottom. The connect to a OLC marked aluminum snap clip. Attached to the snap clip is the original teardrop hanger which was worn with this dagger. The hanger is a dark blue leather having a D ring fitted to a leather strap. The strap shows some wear but everything is still intact. This accoutrement is a rare item to find. The reverse of the teardrop has a gray felt covering showing some age but still in pretty good condition.

The blade is a very fine example having highest quality nickel plated surfaces. This blade remains in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the knight head trademark with the firm’s initials below “WKC”. The blue leather blade buffer is in place.

It is also interesting to note that WKC has had a practice of using wood runners in their scabbards and that is the case with this example.

A nice dagger here showing some usage of the period but nevertheless still in fine collectible condition.

LD1 #45246C Later 1st Model Luftwaffe

This latr period 1st model Luftwaffe has pot metal based hilt mounts. They were nickeled at one time but do show wear.

The pommel still has the nickeling between the built in sunwheels but the surfaces of the sunwheels and those of the other pommel areas reveal the base metal. The same is true of the crossguard example. There still is silvering that remains on much of the crossguard arms however.

The grip is a carved wood base covered with Moroccan leather. The leather is in good condition on the grip showing only minor usage. It is wrapped with a single silver style wire. I have not seen this type of wire before but it is absolutely original.

Wrapped about the hilt is an original to the piece 23cm Luftwaffe. The portpee shows a little bit of fraying where it comes out of the knot but otherwise is in good condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has fairly good leather throughout with no cuts but does show signs of wear particularly at the upper area where the handhold would have been. The mounts are of steel construction being nickel plated. The plating is still in good condition. These mounts are retained by headless side screws.

Attached to the scabbard is an aluminum chain. The upper chain has six ringlets and the lower chain has 8 ringlets. There are connected to an OLC marked aluminum snap clip.

The blade has good nickel plating throughout and has a little bit of wear usage towards the tip area but otherwise still remains bright and is in otherwise good condition. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place.

Excellent. $750.00

LD1 #30560 Late-production 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Alcoso

This late-production 1st Model Luftwaffe has the pot metal zinc based hilt fittings. You can always tell these at a glance as the butt plate below the crossguard area is thicker than the other types that you will see. Unfortunately the silvering or nickel usually didn’t hold up to well on these zinc based fittings and rarely do you see any gilding remaining to the sunwheel swastikas. On this example both the pommel and the crossguard show a bit of patination and there does seem to still be some silvering there. The pommel has crisp edges and the sunwheels are still quite prominent but blend into the rest of the patina. The crossguard seems to also have quite a bit of the original finish remaining. The reverse crossguard has good sunwheels whereas on the obverse the sunwheel swastika has turned green probably from some moisture that accumulated near it. The grip is the standard wood base type. This grip has outstanding Moroccan blue leather. This leather still has its original graining and is in near mint condition. This leather is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has outstanding original blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows only the mildest of age but still remains in perfect condition with no hits, nips or problems. The scabbard mounts are the silvered steel base type. They have patination matching the hilt fittings. These mounts are in perfect condition throughout and they are retained with flathead flush mount screws. The chain is the aluminum type. This chain has six upper and ten lower ringlets. They are connected to a “Ges. Gesch.” marked matching aluminum clip which is also maker marked “OLC” in a diamond.

The blade of this example is a fine one. It has outstanding mirror finish nickel-plated surfaces and retains its needlelike tip. This blade is in full mint condition. It is marked on the reverse with the scale trademark used from 1937-1939. It exhibits the scales having the firm’s initials interspersed and above these scales in an arch shape is the block lettered name, “Alcoso” and below the location of “Solingen”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place. A decent example here probably produced as the war was beginning in 1939.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

LD1 #44593 Early, Numbered 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - E. & F. Hörster

This initial production Luftwaffe example has fine solid nickel mounts throughout.

The pommel is in nice condition, showing little usage and retaining the original silvering between the legs of both sun-wheel swastika.

The same is true of the sun-wheel in the guard center block. The quillon arms are the standard tripartite "wing" type, and each remains in crisp condition.

The grip is carved wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in completely perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being twisted.

The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow and covered in matching blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows some mild wear but it completely free of rips, nips, or other problems. The nickel scabbard mounts are in fine condition and have toned to match the hilt fittings. These mounts are retained by headless side screws.

Attached to the scabbard is a fine, early nickel chain, with nine upper and fourteen lower ringlets. These ringlets are attached to an unmarked nickel snap clip.

The blade of this dagger is a real beauty with high quality nickel plating and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Höller H trademark as well as a stick-bird "5" waffenamt.

It is interesting to note that right above the trademark is the number "205". Examining the dagger I was pleased to find this number on the reverse of the scabbard throat. This is the first time I have seen these small numerals placed on the throat edge and the blade.

The original blade washer is in place and in perfect condition.

A very fine, early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

LD1 #38989C 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a mid-period example, with hilt mounts of silvered pot metal and scabbard mounts of silvered steel.

The pommel is in good shape, with no hits to the rims. The raised sunwheels do not have any gilding left on them but remain crisp.

The same is true of the crossguard sunwheels. The guard arms are the segmented, “winged” type which curve downward.

The grip is of carved wood covered in original Moroccan leather. This leather is in excellent shape, showing some wear but free of nips, cuts, or problems. This grip is tightly wrapped with a skein of three twisted brass wires.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It retains the original Moroccan leather covering which is in very nice condition; it shows traces of wear but it too is free of problems. The scabbard mounts are silver plated steel, the upper mount and center mounts showing slight wear to the plating. The lower mount has all of the silver and just some mild age in the surface, but nothing too bad. These mounts are retained by flat head screws, a bit in unusual as most pieces of this type have headless screws. There is a screw in the right upper portion, the right lower portion, and one in the center left.

The attached aluminum chain has six ringlets making up the upper chain and eight on the lower. These two chains are attached to an aluminum snap clip marked “OLC” and “Ges Gesch”.

The blade of this dagger makes up for many of the minor flaws on the outside. It is a high quality, nickel plated example that remains in mint condition. This beautiful blade is unmarked and retains the original blue leather blade washer.

A good, basic starter example here, priced reasonably.

Excellent. $850.00

LD1 #35378C 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Double Etched Blade – Carl Jul Krebs

This Krebs 1st Model Luftwaffe is easily one of the rarest pieces that could have been ordered if the pocketbook would permit. The dagger is of the mid-period vintage having pot metal mounts which have been silver-plated. Usually the silvering comes right off of these pot metal mounts but fortunately in the case of this fine example, the factory must have given some extra plating as the silvering is still pretty much all there. These pot metal mounts are the type where the sunwheel swastikas were part of the casting. The surfaces were gilded by the factory and normally the gilt pretty much disappears but again, there must have been some extra care done and although still somewhat light the gilt finish is still quite nice across the pommel and crossguard sunwheels. The pommel shows very little usage around the rims and still remains crisp. The crossguard is also a fine example having crisp edges to the three segments that flow downward in the shape of wings. The grip is a carved wood base having outstanding original Moroccan leather covering. The dark blue color is still nice and vibrant and the grain is still in the leather. This fine grip is tightly wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted for contrast.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and also has outstanding original Moroccan leather. This leather is about as good as you’ll ever see and still be original. There are virtually no flaws on this leather only just the slightest signs of usage. It is doubtful that the original owner of this beautiful dagger carried it much. The scabbard mounts are the mid-period type also being of steel base and having good silver plating. The silvering is still nearly 100% throughout all of the mounts showing just a little bit of age and some slight signs of lifting on the reverse of the center mount. The mounts, though, are very clean showing little usage. These mounts are retained by flathead flush mount screws in the side edges. The chain is the normal type we see on mid-period piece being the aluminum variety. This chain consists of six upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. The two chains are connected to a standard aluminum clip being marked “OLC” within a diamond on the reverse and the registered trademark stamping “Ges. Gesch.”.

The best part of this dagger though is the blade. If you don’t smile when you see this blade coming out of the scabbard you need to go into stamp or coin collecting. This full mint blade is astounding. It reflects a heavy quality nickel-plated surface easily being in 100% condition and retaining its fine needlelike tip. Etched onto the panels is the design that we frequently see on the Voos model 2nd Luftwaffes, only in the case of this 1st model all of the designs have been enlarged slightly. Both blade sides are etched with arabesque floral designs having 100% frosting in the backgrounds. This intact frosting accents the relief of the designs. The reverse blade is totally etched with floral designs and the obverse blade has a panel in the center. The panel portrays an outstanding Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer’s right. This eagle has terrific detail to his feathering as well as to his eye and beak areas. He is grasping a mobile swastika in his right talon and it dangle nicely just below his tail. Under each wing is a branch of laurel leaves complete with little berries.

I can not over emphasize the quality and detail that can be viewed in the etch on both sides of this blade. The maker of this example is the Carl Jul Krebs firm. They made a lot of good stuff as we all know and in this case probably took an order from a good customer and had the same etching company that was probably used by Voos to do this etch. Their trademark is the small single oval which inside has the name of the firm and location, “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. In the center of the oval is the crown oval positioned over the letter, “K”. The original blue blade buffer is in place and in this case it looks slightly fatter than the normal leather buffer. Perhaps Krebs wanted to make sure that this area of protection could be adequate considering the quality of the blade etch. A truly magnificent 1st model Luftwaffe here being only the second or third that I have seen in my career. This is a superb piece for the advanced collector or for someone who is looking to invest some money for a future retirement. It would be hard to believe that the desirability of a dagger of this caliber would not increase as the years go by.

Mint Minus. $19,995.00

LD1 #32914 Untouched Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in an untouched state and does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. The mounts are the early nickel type. The pommel, as well as the crossguard swastikas, appear to show some wear between the sunwheel legs, but there is so much patination throughout the surfaces, it is difficult to tell. The brass sunwheels, though, look pretty good against the dark backgrounds. The crossguard arms are still fairly crisp and are in good condition. The grip is a carved wood base, being covered with Moroccan leather. The leather has a couple of scrapes on some of the ribs, revealing the wood beneath. This can be easily covered with some meltonian shoe cream available in good shoe stores, or you can google them on the Internet. The leather is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has matching Moroccan leather and the leather is in good condition overall, showing usage signs in the surfaces. Unfortunately, the leather has pulled back a little at the upper left edge, where the seams come together. The area, though, is quite dark and, therefore, is not very noticeable. The scabbard mounts are also uncleaned and have a dark patination throughout. They al seem to be in good condition, and they are retained by headless flush mount side screws. The matching nickel chain is equipped with 8 upper ringlets and 13 lower examples. They are connected to an unmarked matching nickel snap clip. It is interesting to note that the scabbard throat is marked with the number “84”. The blade is also numerically marked with the number “5”. I do not know why the numbers do not match, but with these type of accountability numbered Luftwaffes, we often see this as the daggers were probably issued to flight candidates, and chances are the scabbards frequently got mixed with other daggers.

The blade is a fine nickel-plated type. It is nice and bright and still remains in mint condition, having only runner marks in the center. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co/Solingen”. In the center is a downward pointing sword positioned between two wheat sheafs. The original blue leather blade buffer is in position. This is a good dagger for someone who likes to clean things up. In the case of this example, the patination is really not even throughout, so it wouldn’t hurt to clean this dagger if the next purchaser is of that mind.

A good, sound early example of the type here!

Excellent. $1,295.00