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Original WWII German 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by "Siegfried" E. Pack & Söhne with Bent Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely Early Wartime production 2nd Model Luftwaffe Officer's dagger, complete with its original scabbard, which is unfortunately bent. It is a fine Solingen-Produced example made by the well known firm Ernst Pack & Söhne of Solingen. The celluloid grip of this dagger is still the original ivory white color, which is very rare to see! Most fade to yellow and orange over the years due to the instability of the material. It has a nice tapered shape, and is wrapped with bound twisted wires. It does show staining and a few small chips, and the wire wrapping is still bright, though a bit loose overall. The ferrule is steel, and has lost much of the plating.

The hilt mounts are in similar condition with a lovely lightly worn patina of age. The pommel is very good and still shows most of the original detail. 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, which still retains some of the antiquing in the recesses. It does have a bit of wear around the edges, as is often seen.

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. The 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. There is still a good amount of the original antiquing in the recessed areas of the guard.

The blade on this example is not nickel plated, which is common for wartime produced blades, and it is in very good condition, with the original factory final polish cross grain present throughout the blade. This texture is iconic, and is the definitive identifying characteristic for a real WWII German Blade. There is some wear from cleaning and runner wear, and also some oxidation spotting. The edge is correctly unsharpened, and the tip is still intact, but it does have a slight bend around 1/4 inch from the end. Really a nice lightly used blade.

The rear ricasso of the blade is etched with the large "Siegfried" trademark logo of Ernst Pack & Söhne, which is in excellent condition. The mark shows their trademark "Young Siegfried wielding a hammer" Logo, surrounded by a stylized banner. The whole trademark reads:

Siegfried
ERNST PACK & SÖHNE M.B.H. WAFFENFABRIK
(Jung Siegfried Logo)
SOLINGEN
WAFFEN

Per J. Anthony Carter's book GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS, this firm used this trademark on Army Officer swords during before the war and during the early years. They mostly made daggers so there is not as much information regarding the swords. The company survived the war, until it was sold in the 1960s to another knife company from Solingen, and the maker mark continued to be used into the 1990s.

This steel scabbard is in good shape, but definitely took a significant hit or crush of some kind under the second hanger ring. It is dented in and bent at the point, and we can also see some separation on the seams between the two portions of the scabbard at that point. The dagger still does sheathe relatively easily in spite of this. The bands are aluminum alloy, showing hand enhanced oak leaves tipped at a 45 degree angle, with overall wear to the embossed design. The throat is retained by two dome head screws on the narrow sides of the scabbard, and is the narrower style seen.

A very nice 2nd Model Luftwaffe Officer's Dagger, made by a desirable maker and complete with an original bent scabbard! Ready to display!

Specifications:
Blade Length: 10"
Overall length: 15 1/8”
Crossguard: 3 1/4”
Scabbard Length: 11 3/4”

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