Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Dagger with Hanger and Portepee by P.D. Lüneschloss Solingen
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice early war example of the typical German WW2 Army Officer dagger with belt hanger and portepee, made by the Solingen-based firm of P.D. Lüneschloss. The pommel of this dagger is in great condition, showing a bit of wear around the rim but nothing bad, and the silver plating is almost completely intact. The standing oak leaves and acorns are crisply detailed and have good black backgrounds.
The crossguard also shows a good amount of plating, and has a fine patination. The details throughout the eagle are exceptional throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. There is a bit of wear through the plating on the edges, and a bit of peppered plating lifting on the reverse.
The grip is is still a very nice ivory-white color, a really nice un-faded celluloid grip from this period. Often these turn orange over the years, but this is still in the original color. This grip is in almost perfect condition throughout, with just a bit of staining and wear. Wrapped around the grip and cross guard is an original aluminum bullion thread portepee (sword knot), tied in the Heer fashion. It is intact, with some light fraying in areas, but nothing through the bullion exterior.
The scabbard is a fine silver-plated example, with a great patina and almost all of original plating intact. There is the expected oxidation in areas near the hangers. This straight scabbard has very crisp, finely pebble-grained panels. The carrying bands have an excellent pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns, with hand enhancing evident on each of the leaves. The throat is the wider style and is held in place by two flush screws on the sides of the scabbard.
Attached to the scabbard is a very good condition belt hanger, with one functional pebbled spring clip, and one with a missing spring. Both have a great patina, and the spring could easily be replaced. The buckles and keepers are engraved with the same oak and acorn motif seen throughout the dagger, and still have great plating. This hanger is really in great shape, with very little wear to the velvet and bullion, and a great condition hanger on the top.
The carbon steel blade is in excellent condition, almost perfect except for some wear on the top of bottom of the tip. There is only one or two small stains, and it is otherwise factory bright, with complete original factory final polish crossgrain throughout. The leather blade washer is still intact and in place, and the needle-like tip is still intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark "Roman Helmet and Short Sword" logo, surrounded by:
Peter Daniel Lüneschloss founded this cutlery business in 1810, in the legendary "City of Blades", Solingen. By 1850, they were making military edged weapons, and even supplied both sides of the U.S. Civil War. It produced weapons throughout the rest of the 19th century, and was still in operation in 1964, two decades after WWII.
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. This early war version is quite nice, and in great shape.
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