Original WWII German 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by Rare Maker Anton Wingen Jr. with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of an wartime production 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger. It is a fine Solingen-Produced example made the rare maker Anton Wingen Jr, Stahlwarenfabrik of Solingen. The grip of this dagger, unlike most we see, is white enamel painted wood, instead of the usual celluloid over wood. Due to this it is still the original ivory white color, though it has checked and flaked overall, typical for enamel finishes of the period. It has a nice slightly tapered shape, and is tightly wrapped with twisted wire.
The hilt mounts are in very good condition, and are definitely an interesting configuration. The pommel looks to be copper plated aluminum, which had a blacked finish applied. The plating is almost fully retained, and all of the details are still present. The "mobile" swas (hook crosses) on both sides are clear, and the oak leaves around them are raised out and heavily hand enhanced.
The crossguard is also made of blacked 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 (hook cross) in his talons. The reverse panel is decorated with small pebbling, which is a bit worn. The ferrule looks to be plated steel, and it is still in very good condition.
The blade on this example is not nickel plated, which is common for the 2nd model dagger blades. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the Anton Wingen Jr. "Standing Knight" trademark logo:
A. W. JR
Anton Wingen Jun., Stahlwarenfabrik was a cutler and metalsmith company first founded in Solingen, Germany in 1888, and was formally registered in late 1901. They first came to prominence during WWI with their high quality hunting and combat knives, which were popular with troops. They acquired the "Knight" logo from Clauberg in 1920, and continued using it through the Third Reich period. This particular trademark was the style of logo they used on smaller knives, such as the HJ knife, per J. Anthony Carter's work GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS. The company continued operation well after the war, finally closing in 1997. The original leather blade buffer is in place within the deep recesses of the guard.
The very good condition blade is partly bright throughout, showing almost all of the original cross grain. The tip is still intact, with no bending, just some light wear. There is some light staining on the front of the blade about 2-4" from the tip, most likely from water exposure. There also is the usual runner wear on the blade surface, however this is present on just about every dagger out there. The edge has not been sharpened, as is correct for these dress daggers.
This steel scabbard is in very good condition, dent free and with much of the original zinc plating intact, now faded to a dark gray patina. The hanger bands look to be zinc, and are well defined and have hand enhanced oak leaves tipped at a 45 degree angle. The throat is the narrower version seen, secured by a single flush screw on the back of the scabbard.
This really is a very nice 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger with scabbard by a rare Solingen maker. Offered in very good condition and ready to display!
Blade Length: 10"
Overall length: 15 1/2”
Crossguard: 3 1/4”
Scabbard Length: 11 3/4”
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