Original WWII German 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by E. & F. Hörster of Solingen with Portepee
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great example of a mid-war production 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger. It is a fine Solingen-Produced example made by E. & F. Hörster & Co Gmbh. The celluloid grip of this dagger is a nice deep pumpkin orange color, and remains in excellent condition throughout. It has a nice slightly tapered shape, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The hilt mounts are similarly great on this dagger. The pommel is crisp and excellent. The swass on both sides are clear, and the oak leaves around it is raised out and heavily hand enhanced. The pommel appears to be solid aluminum, and not plated, so it would not have the blackening seen on plated examples. It does have a bit of wear around the edges.
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. This guard shows some wear and has nice 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 nickel plated brass, and is in excellent condition, having been protected by the Portepee, which is also in excellent condition, and tied in the Luftwaffe style.
This scabbard is a fine, straight example, having most of the original plated finish, with a lovely patina. There are some places where the plating has flaked off the underlying steel. The aluminum bands are well defined and have outstanding hand enhanced oak leaves tipped at a 45 degree angle, with some wear. The throat is retained by two screws, one in each side, and is the wider version seen.
The blade on this example is not nickel plated, which is common for later produced blades. The reverse ricasso is maker marked E. & F. HÖRSTER / SOLINGEN around the company's tradmark downward pointing sword and interlocking HHS initials. E. & F. Hörster & Co Gmbh, is a well-known maker from Solingen, the famous "City of Blades" in Western Germany, which marketed many fine edged weapons.
The blade is in great condition, though it does appear to have been polished a bit, as the factory crossgrain is faint. The texture of the blade does indicate some light staining was present, which was polished out in places. The original leather blade buffer is in place within the deep recesses of the guard.
This really is a really nice 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger, offered in great condition, ready to display!
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