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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 #45002 1st Model RLB EM - Gustav Spitzer

This Spitzer made example is of highest quality. it is equipped with all solid nickel hilt mounts with fine perfect plating throughout.

The pommel cap is the usual derby shape having the equator like device running outward from the center. The pommel shows almost no wear at all to the edges.

The crossguard is also in beautiful condition with perfect plating. It features the stubby winged eagle looking to the viewer's right and clutching a circular wreath having a mobile swastika with pebbling behind it. The crossguard arms go outward and end in 45 degree angles. Both crossguards have been enhanced with line designs running their length.

The grip is a beautiful piece of ebony in absolute perfect condition. This ebony wood is bulbous in the center and tapers at both ends> Affixed to the center obverse is an outstanding conditioned RLB button. The button still has all of its silvering to the sunburst background. The RLB letters are crisp in the center positioned over a swastika. It looks to me as though there is a little blue touch up paint in the letters but this is a negligible problem.

The scabbard is straight as an arrow. It is a real beauty having outstanding original paint. This paint is 100 percent and shows only the slightest amount of wear. The scabbard mounts are also in outstanding condition having very fine nickel plated surfaces. The lower mount is retained by two headless screws and the upper throat is retained by headless screw in the center obverse. Attached to the scabbard is the triangular wire hardware to which is connected a nickel tab. The tab retains the original leather with four rivets keeping it closed. The leather is still supple and in good condition. There is an unmarked nickel snap clip at the end.

The blade is as nice as they come easily being in full mint condition. It has all of its crossgrain with needlelike tip. The reverse is etched with the circle having the firm's name and location around it "Gustav Spitzer Solingen". In the center is a prancing lion with with tail curled and his tongue out. The original blade washer is in place.

A very fine example here.

Near Mint. $1,995.00

RLBALL #45037 2nd Model RLB EM

This RLB EM shows a couple of restoration aspects but nothing that is serious. The hilt mounts are the later nickel plated type and in this case the plating is still nearly 100 percent.

The pommel is still in good condition with the vaulted equator like ring that runs around the center. There is not much wearing time shown on the pommel edges.

The crossguard is also in nice condition showing just a tiny bit of thinning of the plating on the eagle but it is still at least 95 percent. The eagle is the stubby wing type which clutches a smooth ring containing a swastika with pebbling around it. The line enhanced crossguards have 45 degree angles that their tips.

The ebony grip is in beautiful perfect condition. It is bulbous in the center and tapers on both ends. Applied to the obverse of the grip is the 2nd Model type insignia. It consists of a sunburst in the background which has most of the original silvering gone show it is now a coppery color. The swastika in the center apparently has some chips in the enamel and I can see where it was touched up at some time. At least it still looks good now.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has outstanding original paint. The obverse still remains at 100 percent and the reverse has a small chip in the paint about two thirds down. Still, an extremely nice scabbard shell here. The scabbard mounts are also in good condition the lower mount is retained by two headless side screws. The throat area is retained by a single screw in the obverse center area.

Connected to the upper ring is the wire apparatus that is used to connect the hanger. Looking at the hanger it appears that the nickel nib which retains the leather is mostly likely a replacement. This nib though is excellently done and is retained in the same way with four small rivets. The leather hanger is in excellent condition throughout and the snap clip is a fine early example that is unmarked.

The blade of this example is extremely bright and in nice condition. It appears to me as though the blade may have been repolished somewhat but if anything it really improves the dagger as it is quite a looker when it comes out of the scabbard. This blade is unmarked and would grade at least excellent plus.

Overall a nice 2nd model piece here with a couple of minor restoration aspects but it is priced accordingly.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

RLBALL #37076 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB 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. $1,795.00

RLBALL #44711C 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger

This RLB is a later example but overall it remains in nice condition. The pommel and crossguard are the plated style but the plating on this example has held up quite well compared to many others I have seen. The pommel plating still remains at 100 percent. The pommel is a derby cap style having an equator like device that runs squarely around the center. The crossguard features the stubby winged Art Deco style eagle in the center. The eagle has hand enhancing to the bird's eye beak and wings. The rest of the bird is plain including the wreath which contains a mobile swastika having a black background. The arms of the crossguard have been hand enhanced with four grooves and the two tips are at 45 degree angles to simulate movement. The plating is also still 100 percent intact on this crossguard.

The grip is a very fine ebony wood being in perfect condition. It is bulbous in the center and tapers on both ends. The 2nd style grip emblem has the starburst background which is down to the copper base. In the center is a fine black enamel mobile swastika. Only the 3 o'clock leg has a small chip in the enamel whereas the rest of it remains in perfect condition. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent original black paint. The reverse is almost perfect having only a little bit of crazing and the obverse has a couple of minor chips in the paint that run along the left edge. The scabbard is equipped with a nickel plated lower mount which is in excellent condition being retained by two headless side screws. The throat is in place being a nickel plated type retained by a headless screw in the obverse center.

Attached to the triangular wire type hardware is a good short hanger. The leather shows usage and most of the original blackening is gone but it is still serviceable. The tab of the hanger is a folded over nickel strip being held by four rivets. The snap clip is a nickel example which is marked on the reverse "OLC". The blade of this example is unmarked but it is still in very nice condition. The blade has some extremely minor surface age on the front and the back but it still easily grades in near mint condition with fine original tip. The crossgrain is also in good condition on this blade. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.

A decent 2nd model RLB here.

Excellent. $1,350.00

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

Excellent Plus. $2,895.00

RLBALL #43797C 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This Weyersberg example has nicely toned nickel fittings throughout and is an example of early production.

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

This Weyersberg RLB Officer's Dagger is an example of late production, with light nickel plating. This plating remain in excellent condition with no problems despite the thin layer.

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.

Excellent. $2,395.00

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.

Excellent. $6,500

RLBALL #43495 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger

This 2nd Model RLB EM Dagger is in nice condition overall.

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 #43018 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This RLB Dagger is a very early example, being complete with fine, solid nickel mounts throughout.

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 #34699 1st Model RLB Officer's Dagger – Alcoso

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.

Excellent. $4,395.00

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.

Excellent. $2,495.00

RLBALL #35415 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

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.

Excellent. $1,995.00