Original German WWII Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger
This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger despite the fact that it does not have a maker mark. The hilt fittings are the solid nickel type having fine brass inset medallions. The silvering appears to be mostly intact between the legs of both of the sunwheels. Both rims of the pommel are free of dings and with only modest signs of use. The cross guard quillons are in the characteristic down swept tripartite design, evoking a pair of wings.
The grip is of carved wood, bulbous in the center and tapering towards the ends. It is covered with excellent blue Moroccan leather which shows typical wear. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The Moroccan leather covering the scabbard nicely matches the grip and is in nearly perfect but for a couple of very, very minor openings along the area where the seam was made. They are barely noticeable, however. This scabbard has steel mount brackets, however all of the original silvering is intact over the steel base and is nicely patinated exactly matching the hilt mounts. These mounts are retained by headless flush mounted side screws.
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 is a real beauty, a polished type instead of being nickel plated. Much of the crossgrain is visible in the blade and it is mirror bright throughout, retaining a needle-like tip. It is in full excellent condition.
A very nice, early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.
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