Original WWII German 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by Lauterjung & Sohn Puma-Werk of Solingen
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 Lauterjung & Sohn under their label Puma-Werk. The celluloid grip of this 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a nice antiqued white color and in fine condition. It remains in excellent 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 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.
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, which is still clear The ferrule looks to be nickel plated brass, and has lost some of the plating.
This scabbard is a fine, straight example, having a good aged anodized/blued finish, with a lovely patina. The aluminum bands are well defined and have outstanding hand enhanced oak leaves tipped at a 45 degree angle. 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, and the reverse ricasso bears a puma's head in a diamond above PUMA, the trademark of Puma-Werk, a brand name of Lauterjung & Sohn. This is a well-known maker from Solingen, the famous "City of Blades" in Western Germany, which marketed many fine edged weapons. It has been surmised that they subcontracted out much of their blade work to other Solingen-based firms.
The blade is in good condition, with a lot of the factory cross grain polish still intact, indicating the blade was never sharpened or heavily polished. The texture of the blade does indicate some light staining was present, which was polished out in places. Also, there are a few small spots of staining/rust in areas. The original pebbled 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 nice condition, ready to display!
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