Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Dagger by Paul Weyersberg with Belt Hanger and Portepee
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Army Officer's Dagger, produced by the Solingen-based firm Paul Weyersberg & Co.. The pommel of this dagger is in good condition, showing wear through the plating in many areas, so the zinc base metal is visible. It has a nice aged patina throughout, and the standing oak leaves and acorns are crisply detailed and have good backgrounds.
The plated crossguard has fared better, and is in very good condition, with lots of the original plating present, with an aged patina.. The details throughout the eagle are great throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The grip ferrule is also silver-plated, and is in very nice condition, having been protected by the portepee.
The grip is has faded to a nice deep pumpkin orange, typical of celluloid grips from this period. This grip is in very good condition throughout, with just a bit of staining and wear, and some chipping near the ferrule. Wrapped around the grip and cross guard is an original aluminum bullion thread portepee (sword knot), tied in the Heer fashion. It is in excellent condition as shown, with just a bit of staining.
The scabbard is a fine example, and is plated steel. This straight scabbard has very crisp, finely grained panels. The zinc carrying bands have an excellent pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns, which are nicely enhanced, but also show some wear. The throat is the thinner style, and has one securing screw on the front side of the scabbard. The finish looks to be silver or nickel, and has a lovely aged patina. There is flaking of the plating on the sides, so there scabbard does have some oxidized steel visible, and there are also some small dents visible.
Attached to the scabbard is an excellent condition belt hanger, with functional pebbled spring clips with a great patina. The clips are the more desirable "sliding" type. The buckles and keepers are engraved with the same oak and acorn motif seen throughout the dagger. The hanger straps show almost no wear, with little fading on the bullion side, and great velvet backing. The hardware is marked D.R.G.M, indicating that these were registered in the German trademark office.
The very nice blade actually nickel-plated, something that we do not see very often on these daggers. The plating is retained quite well on about 90% of the blade, with the expected runner wear from the scabbard. The tip of the blade however has been modified somewhat, probably from a broken tip, so the profile has been changed a bit, as shown. The plating is also missing from that area. The reverse ricasso is marked PAUL WEYERSBERG & Co. / SOLINGEN in double ovals around the firms trademark "Sword-and-Wreath" logo, which was the only marking they used during the Nazi era. The original leather blade buffer is in place within the deep recesses of the guard.
The German Army (Heer) first carried a dagger beginning in 1935. The weapon was worn in lieu of occasions not demanding the wearing of a more formal sword. The dagger design was quite attractive featuring silvered heavy fittings with white or colored grip. The crossguard depicted a Wehrmacht open-winged eagle clutching a wreathed swastika.
The pommel depicted oak leafing around the outer circumference. The scabbard had panels of pebble designs. Later produced examples were plated with nickel, and late war-made pieces were unplated, finished in a gray color metal. These daggers are often encountered with an aluminum portepee.
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