Item:
ONSV24DWG127

Original WWII German Miniature "Salesman's Sample" 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger Marked to Motor Parts Store by SMF with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a "Miniature" 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger, which have been observed from several different makers. It is a fine Solingen-Produced example made by the well-known Solingen-based firm of Solinger Metalwaren-Fabrik Stöcker & Co.. Often referred to as "salesman samples", there is definitely debate over the purpose of these miniature daggers, which are quite useful as letter openers as well. They are constructed much as the full size daggers, but the idea of a miniature dagger to be used as a sample by sales staff seems somewhat suspect, as the real thing isn't excessively large. We have uploaded a photo of this item next to a full size dagger (not included).

The celluloid grip of this miniature dagger has faded to a lovely caramel color, and remains in good condition throughout, with the original wrapping still present. There is some staining on the grip, and also a bit of cracking near the ferrule. The hilt mountings look to be of all aluminum construction, very common for use on 2nd model Luftwaffe daggers. Aluminum 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 crossguard has the iconic Luftwaffe eagle perched on a swas (hook cross), with the bird looking to the left, with the rear side pebbled. The cross guard is definitely loose, possibly due to the damage on the grip.

This example was produced by Solinger Metalwaren-Fabrik Stöcker & Co. GmbH, also known as SMF, who were one of the major producers of this knife during WWII. Their "Seated King" over SMF / SOLINGEN trademark is seen on the reverse base of the blade. They were one of the major suppliers of edged weapons to the Luftwaffe during WWII. As the name implies, they were located in Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in Western Germany. For more information, please see J. Anthony Carter's fine work GERMAN SWORD AND KNIFE MAKERS. Below to logo is D.R.G.M., indicating that the miniature dagger is a protected / patented design.

The blade itself is nickel plated, and still in very good condition, with some scratching and scuffing to the finish. There is however no plating loss or oxidation, and the blade has a lovely attribution marked on the blade:

PHILIPP GATHER, DÜSSELDORF
KRAFTFAHRZEUGTEILE-GROSSHANDLUNG

The second line translates to "Motor Vehicle Parts Wholesale", so we assume this was given as some type of gift to the company owner for opening letters. They may have supplied a good number of parts to the Luftwaffe. Definitely some nice research potential here!

The scabbard for this miniature dagger looks to be made from two pieces of cast iron / steel, which were then plated. It looks to originally have been zinc plated, which has now oxidized to a gray patina. It fits the blade on the miniature dagger well.

A very interesting miniature 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger, made by a well-known Solingen maker. Ready to add to your collection!

Specifications:
Blade Length: 5 1/2"
Overall length: 8 3/4”
Crossguard: 2 1/16”
Scabbard Length: 6 1/2”

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