Original WWII German 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by F. W. Höller with Belt Hanger Clip
Original Item: Only One Available. This is part of a small collection purchased from a retiring collector. It is a fine Solingen-Produced example made by F. W. Höller Waffenfabrik, and comes complete with a belt hanger in excellent condition. The celluloid grip of this 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a nice antiqued white color and in fine condition. It remains in nearly perfect condition throughout, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. It has not faded to a different color, which some types of grip material would over the years.
The hilt mounts are similarly great on this dagger. The pommel is crisp and excellent. The gold highlighted swass on both sides are extremely bold, and the oak leaves around it is raised out and heavily hand enhanced. The pommel also has much of the original factory blackening in the backgrounds.
The crossguard is 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 little wear and has excellent 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 and still has a good portion of the original factory blackening. The ferrule looks to be solid nickel silver, and is still excellent.
This scabbard is a fine, straight example, having a good aged nickel plating, with a lovely patina. The bands are well defined and have outstanding hand enhanced oak leaves tipped at a 45 degree angle. The throat is retained by a single steel screw.
The blade on this example is not nickel plated, which is common for later produced blades, and the reverse ricasso bears the maker name of F. W. HÖLLER / SOLINGEN, surrounding the trademark Höller "Thermometer" emblem. This is a well-known maker from Solingen, the famous "City of Blades" in Western Germany, which produced many fine edged weapons. The blade is in very good condition, with a lot of the factory cross grain polish still intact, indicating the blade was never sharpened or heavily polished. There is some light corrosion throughout due to age, but nothing major. There is a nick in the blades edge, and the tip also looks to have been bent a bit. Also, the original pebbled leather blade buffer is in place within the deep recesses of the guard.
Comes complete with genuine original hangers that are in very good condition with no major tears, and great velvet backing. The Buckles are aluminum, the usual material for a Luftwaffe dagger hanger, and the clips are marked D.R.G.M. on the back, indicating they are a trademarked design. The back of the belt clip also has the crossed A logo of F. W. Assmann & Söhne, a well known manufacturer of buckles.
This really is a really great 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger, offered in nice condition, ready to display!
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