Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Dagger with Hanger and Portepee by Weyersburg Kierschbaum & Co.
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example of the typical German WW2 Army Officer dagger with belt hanger and portepee, made by the famous Solingen-based firm of Weyersburg Kierschbaum & Co. The pommel of this dagger is in nice condition, showing some wear around the rim but nothing bad, though a lot of the plating on the cap is missing. 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 characteristic WKC eagle are exceptional throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The grip is has faded to a nice orange color, typical of celluloid grips from this period. 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, though worn, and there is some fraying in areas.
The scabbard is a fine WKC example, with a great patina and a bit of the original plating intact. 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. There is some corrosion where the plating has fallen off, and it can be seen that some of the plating is lifting. The throat is the thinner style and is held in place by a single flat head screw on the reverse side.
Attached to the scabbard is a good condition belt hanger, with functional pebbled spring clips with a great patina. The buckles and keepers are engraved with the same oak and acorn motif seen throughout the dagger, and are marked DRGM on the rear. This hanger is nice, but does show a good amount of wear on both sides. It apparently saw much use, and may have been taken into the field as a good luck charm. There is some rust around the buckles, and the plating has worn off on many parts of the hangers.
The carbon steel blade is nice and partly bright, with areas of light pitting and staining, while most of the surface is clean. It still has a good amount of the original factory final polish crossgrain, especially near the crossguard. The needle-like tip is still intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and a large size leather blade washer is in place. The logo reads
Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co is a famous manufacturer of military swords and cutlery in Solingen, Germany - a city famous since the middle ages for its metal-working and craftsmanship in sword making. The traditional manufacturing of swords at WKC dates back to the year 1774 when the Weyersberg first registered the ''Kings head'' as their trademark. Later in 1883 the company merged with the Kirschbaums and the company WKC was formed as it exists today.
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.
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