Original German WWII 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by P.D. Lüneschloss with Hanger & Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of mid-war production 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger. It is a fine Solingen-Produced example made by the well- known firm of P.D. Lüneschloss, Fabrik blanker Waffen (Factory of bare weapons). The celluloid grip of this dagger is a nice amber color, the color of aged stained ivory. It has a nice tapered shape, and is tightly wrapped with twisted wires. There is no cracking we can see, just some minor scuffs.
The hilt mounts are in similar condition with a lovely patina of age. The pommel is very good and still shows most of the original detail. The "mobile" swass on both sides are clear and the oak leaves around them are raised out and heavily hand enhanced. The pommel appears to be solid aluminum, which was given a dark finish overall, with the raised areas polished.
The crossguard is also made of Aluminum, which was an "Air Age" material, which was used to make most airplanes. It was considered fitting and desirable for the eagle-shaped guard to be made of this material. The front side is an eagle with a breast and talon area that is vaulted out much more so than the crossguards seen on other types of daggers. The guard shows little wear and has great feathering on the eagle. The bird, of course, flies to the left and grasps a mobile swas in his talons. The reverse panel is decorated with small pebbling, which is still clear. The ferrule looks to be plated steel, and has a lovely light oxidized patina.
The very good condition blade is mostly bright throughout, showing most of the original cross grain. There are just a few areas of staining, and the blade looks to have been cleaned over the years, which has made the cross grain a bit faint. The tip is still intact, with no bending, just some light wear. There also is the usual runner wear on the blade surface, however this is present on just about every dagger out there. Definitely a great blade. The original leather blade buffer is absent in the recess on the guard.
The ricasso is stamped with the P.D. Lüneschloss trademark oval logo, mostly hidden by the cross guard:
P. D. LÜNESCHLOSS
(Roman Helmet & Sword Trademark)
This well-known company was founded in 1810 by Peter Daniel Lüneschloss, and produced numerous edged weapons, both for domestic and foreign contracts. They manufactured many private purchase officer's swords and blades for the U.S. Civil war. This logo was particularly used during the Third Reich period, per J. Anthony Carter's work GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS.
This steel scabbard is a fine, straight example, having much of the original zinc plated finish, with a lovely lightly oxidized patina. There are no major dents that we can see. The bands are aluminum, and are well defined and have outstanding hand enhanced oak leaves tipped at a 45 degree angle. They do show wear, as the softer alloy was more easily worn away. The throat is retained by two flush-mount screws on the narrow sides of the scabbard.
Comes complete with genuine original hangers that are in good condition, with wear from service, particularly on the back. It looks like additional holes / slots were made for length adjustment. Also the initials W V were stitched to the back. The Buckles and other hardware seems to be zinc, and the clips are marked D.R.G.M. on the back, indicating they are a trademarked design. The clips are the more desirable "sliding" type. The back of the belt clip also has the D.R.G.M. mark as well as an RZM logo next to U. E. 10. "U.E" indicates Uniformeffekten Erlaubnißschein, (Uniform Accessories License), and the manufacturer’s numerical code, "10". It appears the combined RZM/U.E., markings were utilized circa May 1933 to March 1935. These were used when the RZM was still being officially organized. There is unfortunately no listing of the early RZM makers.
This really is a great 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with scabbard and hanger, made by a desirable maker and offered in great condition. Ready to display!
Blade Length: 10"
Overall length: 15 1/8”
Crossguard: 3 1/4”
Scabbard Length: 11 3/4”
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