Original WWII German 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Excellent Unmarked Blade and Portepee
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great example of a late-war production 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger. It is not maker marked, which is not unusual for later war examples. The celluloid grip of this dagger is a nice yellowed ivory color, and remains in good condition throughout, with some scratches and wear. It has a nice slightly tapered shape, and is tightly wrapped with twisted silver-colored wire.
The hilt mounts are similarly in good condition 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, with the usual darkening of the background. It does have a bit of wear around the edges.
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 some wear and has nice 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 top of the crossguard has excellent oak and acorn motifs. The ferrule looks to be nickel plated brass, and is in very condition, having been protected by the Portepee, which is also in excellent condition, and tied in the Luftwaffe style.
This scabbard is a fine, straight example, having most of the original zinc-plated finish, with a lovely patina. There are a few places where the plating has worn through the underlying steel. The aluminum bands are well defined and have outstanding hand enhanced oak leaves tipped at a 45 degree angle, with some wear. The throat is retained by one screw on the back, and is the wider version seen.
The blade on this example is not nickel plated, which is common for later produced blades. The blade is in excellent, nearly unissued condition, with just a bit of runner wear. The factory cross-grain is strong, and we do not see any evidence of sharpening or polishing. The blade is not marked, but was definitely made by a quality producer. The original 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 excellent condition, ready to display!
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