Original WWII German 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by Paul Weyersberg with Belt Hanger and Portepee
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great example of a early-war production 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger. It is a fine Solingen-Produced example made by the well known firm of Paul Weyersberg, one of the many different firms run by members of this family. The celluloid grip of this dagger is a nice pumpkin orange color, having faded from the original ivory white, and remains in very good 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 "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, and not plated, however it still has nice darkening in the backgrounds of the designs. It does some some wear.
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 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 zinc, and much of the plating has worn off. Tied around this is an original portepee, which is in excellent condition, and tied in the Luftwaffe style. As with the other components of this set, it shows only light wear.
The blade on this dagger is a fine early type Nickel-Plated example, something we do not often see! The plating is in great shape, with the usual runner wear, but no major oxidation or staining. The tip is intact, and it still retains the original factory blunt edge, which as never intended to be sharpened.
This great example was made by Paul Weyersberg of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in western Germany. The reverse ricasso is etched with PAUL WEYERSBERG & Co. / SOLINGEN in double ovals around the firms trademark "Sword-and-Wreath" logo, which was the only marking they used during the Third Reich era. This company was one of many in Solingen owned by members of the Weyersberg family. The company survived the war, but ceased production in 1955. For more information please see GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS by J. Anthony Carter.
Above the trademark logo is an early war Weimar Eagle mark with a 5 inside, a common Luftwaffe inspection mark, who continued to use the Weimar style eagle throughout the war. Also, the original leather blade buffer is still present inside the recesses of the guard.
This steel scabbard is a fine, straight example, having most of the original zinc plated finish, with a lovely gray oxidized patina. The bands are zinc alloy, and 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 two dome-headed screws, one in each side, and is the narrower version seen.
Comes complete with genuine original hangers that are in good condition, with wear from service, particularly around the end clip, and on 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 RZM logo next to U. E. 10. "U.E" indicates Uniformeffekten Erlaubnißschein, (Uniform Accessories Licence), 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.
The bullion side of the hanger is retained very well, with light wear on the velvet side. It does appear that the belt end of the hanger did have the straps shortened and re-attached with gray thread at some point.
This really is an excellent 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with portepee and hanger, made by a well-known maker and offered in great condition, ready to display!
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