Original German WWII W.K.C. Waffenfabrik Window Advertisement Display Sign - Weyersberg Kirschbaum
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Window Advertisement sign, used by retailers carrying edged weapons made by the Legendary W.K.C. Waffenfabrik (Weapons Factory), otherwise known as Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie. The upper right has the statement BLANKE WAFFEN ALLER ART, or "Blank Weapons of all Kinds", so this was an advertisement for their line of dress swords and bayonets. These were sold "blank", so that they could be personalized with etching and monograms. The sign is made of pressed paper cardboard, and measures 19"H x 12 1/2"W.
The sign has the trademark "Knights-Head" (Ritter-helm) logo in the center over WKC and QUALITÄTSMARKE (Quality Brand), and at the bottom is the firm's full name:
The background shows an ornate "Lion Head" army officer's sword, a 98kDress bayonet, and a simpler "Dove Head" NCO sword. These were the typical weapons that would be personalized for dress occasions.
This company is a famous manufacturer of military swords and cutlery in Solingen, Germany - a city famous since the middle ages for its metal-working and craftsmanship in sword making. Per J. Anthony Carter's fine work GERMAN SWORD AND KNIFE MAKERS, the traditional manufacturing of swords at WKC dates back to the year 1774 when the Weyersberg first registered the ''Kings head'' as their trademark. Later in 1883 the company merged with the Kirschbaums and the company Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie was formed, which continued into the Weimar Period. It then rebranded as W.K.C. Waffenfabrik GmbH, and produced many edged weapons during the NSDAP Period. The company is still in operation today.
A very nice example of a hard to find sign!
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