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Welcome to our WW2 German Daggers

New Stock Added: 20th Apr 2019

I have been interested in all aspects of German militaria for over 30 years. Whilst my interest is broad, it centres on the edged weapons manufactured and carried during the Third Reich period 1933-1945. I must stress that I do not support in any way, the horrendous events that happened during this period. I am an historial collector only.

I am able to share the knowledge of over 30 years as a professional collector. The quality edged weapons I sell are from my own extensive collection and are surplus to requirements. I have supplied to discerning collectors and dealers all over the world. I am always interested in items you may have for sale (for my own collection), as well as anything in particular you are looking for.

Whether you are a fellow German militaria collector or have just inherited a strange sword or dagger and you wish me to help identify, value or discuss, just email me with a description or even better, a photograph.



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NAVY MOIRE DAY BELT WITH EARLY SILVER FITTINGS FOR ADMINISTRATION. Purchased via a contact in Germany, this is another good example of the navy moiré 'day' belt, but unusually is has silvered solid brass fittings. Silver insignia in the navy was for NAVLA ADMINISTRATION and everything they wore on their uniforms was silver, including the buckles/fittings on their dagger hangers and belts. Of the same format as a normal belt, with moiré cloth ribbed material fronts and dark blue thick velvet backing. The bely has been worn and used but is in great condition. The anchor buckle has a little wear to the high points, but has toned to a nice silver colour, especially on the reverse. Both the lion's head silver slider buckles are fine and present. This belt is multi adjustable and has a leather inner strap which the female part of the buckle adjusts on. A very nice belt, and very unusual being administration.
'EDGED WEAPONRY OF THE THIRD REICH' BY ANGOLIA. Following a break of of a large collection, the reference books used by the collector are for sale too. Most of these books are collectable in their own right as they are LONG out of print, having been published in the 1970's! This is a favourite amongst collectors, an original reference book by Major John Angolia who was one of the pioneers of this hobby. In very good condition.
'PRINZ EUGEN' SWORD BY EICKHORN-ONE OF THE FIELD MARSHALL SERIES. As part of their production of many Third Reich dress swords, one of their marketing strategies was the introduction of the "Field Marshall Series". This series of swords consisted of 9 different models, all bearing names chosen from Germany's military heroes of the past. This one is the 'Prinz Eugen' and is one of the few swords that feature an eagle and swastika TWICE in it's design. There is a closed wing eagle on the top of the pommel/knuckle bow and another on the crossguard. The Prinz Eugen sword was not produced until quite late 1938/1939, so is quite a rare pattern. There is also a SS Division named after Prinz Eugen and there is photographic evidence that SS officers adopted this Eickhorn sword and wore it with an SS bullion knot as an 'unofficial' pattern (especially if they were not entitled to a SS dagen!) Eickhorn used a weird type of antique looking fire gilding on this hilt, and it is VERY hard to find one that has not turned very dark or come off all together! This hilt still retains perhaps 60% of this fire gilding, the rest of the surface is perfect, but has just gone very dark. It has an original green leather Wehrmacht officers sword knot tied in the correct manner, looks to have been there a long time. Grip is black celluloid over wood, and the triple aluminium grip wire is perfect. Scabbard has virtually 100% of the original paint. Nice scabbard. There are two very small indentations beside the scabbard hanging ring. The blade is stone mint. Eickhorn heavily nickel plated these blades. The 1938 Eichhorn squirrel is deeply stamped into the riccasso of the blade. The original blade buffer (which is ALWAYS red on these swords) is present. A very nice example of one of the rarer Field Marshall series swords.
'THE DAGGERS AND EDGED WEAPONS OF HITLERS GERMANY' This is another Classic collectors book. Written by James P Attwood, it was one of the first books I managed to buy when I first started collecting. Written in the 1970's it again has been long out of print. In very good condition with original fly-leaf cover.
1936 NSKK OFFICERS CHAINED DAGGER BY EICKHORN. This is a fine, used example of the 1936 chained dagger as worn by the NSKK officers. Introduced at the same time as the SS officers chained dagger and followed similar design traits, with the dagger itself remaining unchanged but the addition of a centre mount on the scabbard and a set of suspension chains consisting of the NSKK eagle design and alternating with a mobile swastika. This particular dagger has been left entirely untouched, and whilst has a little bit of wear here and there, is a 100% text-book example. Later RZM style crossguard are the alloy plated variety and are in great condition with very little plate lifting or damage. The brown hardwood grip is in perfect condition with no damage or cracks. The enamel SA button is fine, and the grip eagle is aluminium and untouched. Scabbard has virtually all of the original factory black paint remaining, a little spidering and some age scratches. All scabbard fittings are again the RZM period being nickel plated steel. The top fitting shows some carrying wear and has lost a little of the plating. Attached to the top and middle fitting is the original NSKK chain. This again shows a little wear here and there, but retains 85% of the nickel plating.The top two links nearest the hanging clip are both stamped. However, the stampings were obviously quite light and age and wear/polishing have made them quite feint. One has the 'NSKK Masterschutz Korpsfuhrung' quite visible, the other is stamped with RZM M5/8, again quite feint, but still there. These two stamped link can appear either at the top of the chain next to the clip, or occasionally at the bottom right next to the dagger itself. Tom Wittmann has an identical dagger to this on his web site, sold @ $2395. Same type and year of manufacture, with the stamped links next to the dagger. Onto the blade...blade is in beautiful shape, with all the original crossgrain polish present. On the reverse the maker is Eickhorn, no trademark but a nice RZM M7/66 1941. A text-book piece, with a little age and character.
8" RARE THIRD REICH NAVY MINIATURE DAGGER. Miniature Third Reich naval daggers are actually really rare. Alcoso made a beautiful bigger size one, which are about £1500 now, if you can find one, and FH Horster made a nice 7.5" version. However, there are others that are not quite such high quality, but nonetheless great little miniatures. Navy miniatures were made in the Imperial period and then into the Weimar era, with flame ball pommels. These usually had no maker and little stiletto type plated blades. These were also made in the Third Reich era, and the pommels were replaced with a tiny eagle and swastika version. This is one of those. Crossguard and pommel are cast brass. The grip is a ribbed section probably made of celluloid or bone. Blade is a plated stiletto type. The scabbard is a standard navy type with lightning body engraving etc., but there scabbard were cast in a period alloy, and not made from brass shells. It was made on a budget and meant to be given away or sold as a souvenir at the time. Dagger is in good condition, has been used as a letter opener I think. The tiny brass eagle pommel has such detail you can easily see the swastika in the wreath! Fun, real miniature. Measures 8" overall.
A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE STATE SERVICE ARMBAND WITH ISSUE STAMP. yellow, thick cotton armband with the outstretched eagle and swastika 'bevo' woven into the cloth itself. Armband is slightly grubby from age and use, but is in good overall condition. To the bottom edge is a nice ink stamp from the Police presidium in Wein (Vienna). An impressive display armband, these were issued and worn by civilians working for the German state.
A LONG POLICE OFFICERS SWORD WITH ORIGINAL KNOT AND UNUSUAL MAKER. This is a great example of the Third Reich Police Officers dress sword. Purchased on my recent trip to America, this is an untouched piece and is exactly how it was bought back as a souvenir. The fittings are nickel plated over a steel base and whist there is a little corrosion in a very few places, the plating is 90% intact. The black wood (ebony?) grip is in excellent shape with all of the silver grip wire intact. The inset Police eagle still has a silver colour to the surface. Wrapped in the correct tie around the hilt and crossguard is a large size Police Officers sword knot in leather. The straps are wider and the ball is much larger on the proper sword knots. It has the silver/red thread running up each strap and the ball has a red/silver infill in the end. This sword knot has been on this piece for ever! In my opinion, for 70 years. It’s moulded to the hilt and would be impossible to remove it without ruining it. Scabbard has nickel plated top and bottom mounts. These have dark patina with age. The scabbard body retains most of the ORIGINAL factory black paint, but has got spidering, rub marks, age etc etc. There is no damage , bends or dents to the scabbard. The blade is bright nickel plating over steel and apart from one small area, is in virtual mint condition. This sword is made by the LUNESCHLOSS company. Their trademark of a fire helmet peirced by a sword, is stamped into the riccasso. You do not come across Polce swords made by them! The overall length of the sword is 39 1/2 ", with a 33" blade.
A NEAR PERFECT EXAMPLE OF LUFTSCHUTZ GLADIATOR HELMET. Whilst this helmet seems to have been used, it has stayed in virtually untouched condition. There are a few age spots to the metal shell, but it still retains 99% of the original blue paint and 100% of the large decal on the front. Given the ‘Gladiator’ name as it looks very similar to Roman ‘gladiator’ helmet worn in the Coluseum etc. Designed for Luftschutz personnel as protection. Was not designed for battle and stopping bullets, just air-raid use. It has the original leather liner and original chinstrap. It also has the original labels stuck on the inside neck. These roughly translate thus...….""sale permitted/according to paragraph 8 of the Air Raid Protection law/highest price 8 Reichsmarks". Size 56. A very good example.
A NEAR PERFECT/MINT FIRE DEPT BAYONET OR SWORD KNOT. Purchased in America, the land of unissued pieces, this is the leather strapped portepee or knot for the Fire Dept dress bayonet. It’s also used on the parade sword. Actually a rare knot to find, especially in this condition. Black leather strap with 3 lines of silver wire running down each strap. Bullion ball consists of alternating red & silver bullion cords. Red insert in the bottom. Seems to have never been issued, certainly never wrapped around a frog! Ideal opportunity to acquire a mint example to go with a mint bayonet.
A NICE EARLY SA DAGGER BY NON-SOLINGEN MAKER ' KOBER' SUHL. Whilst 99% of edged weapons were made in and around Solingen, there were a few other ones dotted around elsewhere. To find any of these is quite rare. The City of SUHL is about 430km west of Solingen, so not really near at all. It's in the district Thuringia and has a history of gun making, so that's why these daggers are made here. This is an early '33 SA dagger with all solid nickel fittings. Nice dark brown hardwood grip with perfect SA button and nickel eagle. Lower crossguard is marked with Gau mark 'Th' for Thüringen!!! Exactly where it was made. Scabbard has lost quite a bit of the original brown anodising, but bout 25% still remains. Scabbard fittings are fine and bottom one is not dented. Blade is very nice. Has most of the original crossgrain polish and the blackening in the Alles fur Deutchland lettering. The Wilhelm Kober & Co logo of a Minotaur is deeply etched into the reverse riccasso.
A NICELY AGED/TONED THIRD REICH BULLION PARADE DRESS BELT WITH BUCKLE. These are very impressive items. All the services had a parade dress belt and most were silver bullion of some design. The navy one consists of a wide woven silver bullion belt with two slides. It has an interwoven dark blue/black design( the Imperial navy one is red/blact etc). This is a lovely example but as there is a very hight silver content, it has toned a little with age, giving it a nice 'antique' look. The navy buckle and keeper are gilded alloy metal, and have toned down too. The buckle is stamped 110 on the reverse?. The bullion belt is backed with a dark blue inner lining. Hidden in the belt are two brass foldaway eyelets, to which the navy dagger hangers clip onto. Very clever. A very pleasing looking belt that would display perfectly with a navy collection/dagger.
A REAL GILDED EXAMPLE OF A LUFTWAFFE 2nd Patt LUFTWAFFE DAGGER. Officially these are not supposed to exist, but to quote from Tom Wittmann's Luftwaffe book "Beyond doubt, there are a few legitimate gilted examples which do reside in collections". This is one of them! A Luftwaffe General was entitled to wear gold trappings, and a few opted to have their standard dagger factory gilded. It was one of the things easily done in the 1930's when craftsmanship for this type of finish was quite accessible. The dagger has considerable gilt left on many places, especially on the reverse scabbard, where it's nearly complete. All other places show a pretty good finish remaining, especially in the recessed parts and places like the pebbled crossguard and eagle wing feathers. The most telling parts that how it's a true gilded piece are where the wear has been protected. Underneath the grip ferrel on the crossguard, underneath the crossguard and inside the pommel screw area. All these have 100% finish remaining. In addition the dagger comes with a pair of hangers in great condition, which have also had the same gilding process applied to the metal fittings. The dagger itself is a nice piece made by Weyersberg. A near mint blade and orange grip. A virtually identical dagger is pictured on pages 314/315 of Tom Wittmann's book. The gilt finish is identical, as are the wear areas on the scabbard fittings etc. This is a gilt wash finish too, and very identifiable from the Third Reich period. This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a unique dagger, one of only a handful known. I would have loved to have seen this dagger when it was new, it must have looked amazing!
A SUPERB NAVAL DAGGER BY EICKHORN PURCHASED COMPLETE WITH ORIGINAL HANGERS, KNOT AND UNDERBELT!!! A 'straight out of the woodwork' naval rig. This is how it was bought back as a souvenir after the war, was apparently taken from the original naval officer in Kiel. Certainly looks that way. Dagger has defiantly been used an worn, but is in superb collectable condition. Dagger itself retains a lot of the original fire guilding over the brass base. This is less apparent on the lower part of the scabbard as it has rubbed off during wear. The very bottom of the scabbard is slightly misshapen, flatter, as it has obviously been caught in wear etc. Very common with 'worn' navy daggers as the brass scabbard is so soft. It is not noticeable though. Pommel and crossguard retain nearly 100% of the fire gilding. White celluloid over wood grip is PERFECT with brass twisted wire wrap. Expertly tied around the grip, pommel and crossguard is the original 42cm bullion knot. It is in the standard naval 'tie', and has been ion this dagger from new, approx. 80+ years. These is some slight 'swing' wear to the knot as it comes out of the tie. The blade has the EICKHORN post 1938 squirrel stamped to the reverse riccasso. The blade is in MINT condition, with 100% grey etch finish to the naval scenes. Super blade. With this dagger are the original Third Reich era hangers. These have gilded aluminium fittings, buckles, clips etc. Buckles are marked with the same casting marks to the reverse of 6 little dots. Black moire fabric fronts are perfect as is the black velvet reverse. Great hangers. It also has the original blue cloth underbelt. This was under the tunic or coat, and the dagger and hangers hug from this is there was no 'outer belt'. A REALLY nice combination, complete rig. Never been in a collection before, and a super bit of German naval history.
ALCOSO MINIATURE LUFTWAFFE SWORD ON PROPELLER BASE. A desirable and rare miniature made by the ALCOSO company. For use as a paperweight and letter opener, This is the beautiful 9" miniature Luftwafffe sword permanently mounted on a steel propeller base. Heavy and impressive on any desk!! Alcoso were the formosr manufacturer of miniature daggers and swords during the Third Reich period. Their quality and attention to detail were second to none. This is an exact, small size version of the Luftwaffe sword in every way. Alcoso produced a definative set of miniatures, which consisted of the RAD Leaders dagger, a navy dagger, Forestry dagger, army dagger, 2nd. Luftwaffe dagger and the Luftwaffe sword. They also mounted the 2nd. Luftwaffe dagger and the Luftwaffe sword on these steel propellers. This has been used exactly as it was intended and the leather on the grip shows some wear. The grip wire is intact. The blade is slightly blunt from openeing all those letters!! The blade is marked with the early style of ALCOSO trademark. These are really nice pieces to display, and do not come along every day.Absolute bargain at this price.
ALL BRASS SA 'YOUTH' BUCKLE. 3rd TYPE. Identical to the larger, adult style buckle. Made of two pieces and soldered on the reverse. This type of youth buckle is 2/3 the size and fits on a nice smaller belt. All brass construction with steel claw and pin. Gilding remaining to the claw part. Really nice youth SA buckle.
AMAZING 1929 OR 1st PATTN NAVY DAGGER WITH KNOT & HAMMERED SCABBARD. I am very pleased to offer this piece of German navy dagger history. Often referred to as the '1st Pattern' navy dagger, it is really the 1929 type. Worn between the wars by the Weimar navy. It changed little into the Third Reich period with just an altered pommel, depicting the eagle and swastika instead. It is quite rare to find these daggers, as the sike of the German navy was drastically reduced by the Versailles treaty. It was also very easy to convert these into Third Reich pieces by just buying a new pommel! Dagger is in virtually mint condition. 98% of the fire gilt remaining on all surfaces. Pommel is known as a 'flaming ball' type, but is actually cresting waves running around it. Wonderful celluloid grip with brass twisted wire. Standard navy Crossguard with push button release. Scabbard is the HAMMERED variety and again has 98% of the fire gilt present. Blade is stone mint. Normal navy stiletto type with twin fullers. It bears no makers marks at all and is completely plain, which is quite common for these daggers. Looking at the fittings on the rest of the dagger, it looks to be of WKC manufacture. There is an original red felt buffer in between the blade and the crossguard. Tied in the correct navy configuration is an original 42cm knot in cream celluloid. Again it looks to have been on there for MANY years and is set in place. This is a SUPER example of a hard to find naval variation. (One identical to this has just been listed on a very popular American site for over $2000.) These are rare things.
AN EXCEPTIONAL TENO MAN'S DAGGER WITH HANGER AND VERY RARE TENO PORTEPEE. I am very pleased to offer this absolutely superb TENO man's dagger. In addition to the dagger being in exceptional condition, it also has the original TENO leather hanger and one of the EXCEPTIONALLY rare multi-coloured TENO portepees! Both the Officers and man's daggers were only made by Eickhorn. Their trademark appears on the blade along with the TENO eagle and an accountability number 1093. This matching number is also stamped into the scabbard throat. The condition of this piece is really amazing, with no discernible lifting or damage to any of the metal fittings, the dull nickel plating is complete throughout. The cream grip plates are perfect. Scabbard fittings are prefect and the scabbard body retains 100% of the original black paint, with the minimal of spidering. The original leather TENO frog is attached to the rear of the scabbard and again is in exceptional condition. Even the narrow retaining strap that goes over the grip and into a button, is present. It is a little fragile, but complete and not broken. What is even more exceptional is the ORIGINAL green/grey TENO 'standby' portepee. There were in fact 8 portepees for the TENO dagger. 4 for the NCO's and 4 for the other ranks (mans'). There is original reference material available in the form of the 1940 colour uniform regulation sheet from the TENO handbook! This portepee is for the 'Allgemeiner Dienst' which is 'general' service. I have seen very few TENO portepees in my 40 years, extremely rare things, and I have seen JUST these change for large sums, on their own. It has a green stem with black above and below on the top of the ball. The rest of the ball is grey, whist the cloth strap is grey with twin black lines. Blade on this dagger is exceptional and retains it's dull surface polish. Overall and wonderful and COMPLETE example. Exceptional price too, for complete and mint dagger/portepee/frog.
BEAUTIFUL ALCOSO MINIATURE RAD OFFICER DAGGER, with ORANGE GRIP and DEDICATION. As many of your you I have had a long association with miniature edged weapons, and still manage to find the odd one to collect. The ‘creme de la creme’ of miniature edged weapon manufacturers was ALCOSO. They made a small range in the largest size. The detail and a quality were superb in every respect. Their rarest types are the RAD officer, the Hunting Association dagger and the naval officers dagger. This is a stunning example of the RAD officer and it’s in mint condition. There is no lifting of the antique silver plated fittings and the Alcoso marked blade is in mint condition. As an added bonus, engraved to the rear of the crossguard, is a 50th birthday dedication. There is no name as it would have been a personal gift. The perfect celluloid grip plates have toned to a medium orange colour. A wonderful miniature 100x rarer than it’s large counterpart.
BEAUTIFUL NAVY DAGGER BY 'ADOLF BRAUN' WITH KNOT. A really nice example of this unusually marked navy dagger. Adolf Braun was not the maker, but a large uniform and equipment distributor in Berlin. They were a retail wholesaler and took orders from service personnel and fulfilled them elsewhere. Looking at the dagger closely, I think this is actually made by Eickhorn, and then marked by Adolf Braun, who's name is deeply stamped into the riccasso. You could virtually order anything from them, so there are many different daggers army, Luftwaffe etc, all stamped by them as supplied. In great condition, this has a cream celluloid grip with twisted brass wire. There is an original 42cm navy knot tied around the pommel and crossguard. Nice brass fittings throughout, with 50%+ of the original fire gilt remaining. Very nice brass scabbard with no damage. Blade is stone mint, with full nickel plated surfaces. Has trade name and BERLIN stamped into riccasso. The blade is a standard, twin fuller type with needle sharp point. The blade is plain with no etching. It's interesting to know that having an etched blade was a COST option, so if you were on a budget and a hard-up midshipman, then you just had a plain blade! A great addition to a navy collection as these Braun marked examples are quite scarce.
BROWN FABRIC UNDERBELT FOR SA DAGGER ETC? Whilst I have had several of the underbelts for the navy dagger, which are usually blue, I don't often get a brown one. More likely associated with the SA or NSKK as they had brown uniforms. It also only has one sliding 'D' attachment, so that would suit a SA or NSKK dagger. Anyway, a decent thing whatever service it was used for. Worn underneath a tunic or coat, this was used to support a dagger, and the strap would have gone through a pocket flap and then clipped onto this belt. Brown cloth belt with leather ends. Steel buckle and leather sliding loop with 'D' ring.
BROWN LEATHER THIRD REICH SWORD HANGER. This is a nice fairly long hanger for a Third Reich Officers sword. Suitable for both Dove head and Lion's head swords. Clips to steel loop on back of scabbard and then attaches to belt. Lighter brown leather in very good condition with steel top clip and steel snap clip. Great to complete your sword display.
CLASSIC EARLY SA BY EICKHORN EX-ROHM WITH EARLY MARK. This is a very good example of an early maker SA dagger that was originally presented by Ernst Rohm. Made by Eickhorn, it has the early small oval trademark used from 1933-1935, and is placed very near the crossguards.This is one of about 8 or 9 very similar trademarks used by Eickhorn at this time.(this one has a smooth upright tail and no eyes in the squirrel) Each one very slightly different. The smaller size a position was to fit in the complete Rohm etching that would have been on the reverse of this blade. As per Hitlers instructions after Rohm was murdered, this Rohm dedication was completely removed from the blade surface. This example has been beautifully factory done, and the blade re-polished. Not trace of the etch remains, but the profite of the blade and thickness has been altered. The dagger is a beautiful example of Eickhorn's quality workmanship and use of materials. Perfect fitting crossguards, lovely wood grip. The lower Crossguard is stamped with the Gau letters Wf for Westfalen . A region in Western Germany with Cologne it's capital. It is also stamped UNDERNEATH the guard with the number 9, known as a benchmark stamp. This would have identified the worker who made it. Scabbard has a pretty good finish, but there is a little wear to the surface of the brown anodising due to probably hand wear when being worn. The blade is a pristine example, with all factory crossgrain polish and the dark burnishing in the motto letters.
COMPLETE ARMY DAGGER 'RIG', HANGERS AND KNOT. This is a very nice looking army officers dagger with a cream celluloid grip. Dull nickel plated fittings to the pommel, crossguard and scabbard. All in excellent condition. No damage to grip, crossguard is the 'generic' type with flat beaked eagles head. There is an original 42cm knot tied in the correct fashion, it's in near mint condition. Blade is completely plain, with no maker. Scabbard is near mint with no dents or plate lifting. There is a nice set of army hangers with this piece. They have seen a little wear, with some slight fraying to the sides but are fine in every respect. These are 'de-luxe' hangers with metal swing tops and 'push in' bottom clips. Green velvet backings. A good, solid army dagger with all accessories.
COTTON 'BEVO' TYPE NSDAP PARTY ARMBAND. You can see this has been removed from a jacket or shirt as there is still most of the thread around the edges! armband is open, ie the ends are not sewn together and it's obviously been removed from something. Red thick cotton body with a circular white cotton centre with the black swastika woven into the white fabric 'bevo' style. In used but very good condition overall.
EARLY DLV FLYERS KNIFE-AS FOUND AND UNCLEANED. Acquired via a contact in Wales, this DLV, early knife has been left in the condition it was found in. I did clean up the leather surfaces a little as there was a lot of dirt on the surfaces. The metal/nickel fittings have been covered in a red type patina. This is all over the dagger and I am sure will clean off, if you so desire. Both crossguard enamel swastikas are 100% perfect with NO chipping! one of the top handle grip rings has broken, but is still there, just split. easily mended or replaced if desired. Scabbard is fine and has all of the original screws etc. The DLV symbol (not the NSFK winged man) is deeply stamped into the scabbard throat. There is a leather hanger and correct snap clip attached to the scabbard ring. It looks to be original to the dagger, but is not the one normally found. It's very old though, so could be a period replacement. Blade is very good, has crossgraining and the SMF logo is etched into the blade. There seems to have been a bit of corrosion around and underneath the crossguard/blade area, but this has been cleaned off. Overall a very presentable flyers dagger, priced accordingly.
EARLY EICKHORN SAWBACK OFFICERS SHORT FIRE BAYONET. This is a very nice example of the sawback version of the Third Reich Fire bayonet. This is the short version apparently worn by senior NCO’s and Officers, whist the Linder one was reserved for Firemen if standard rank. It is quite early and is therefore made of quality materials. The hilt is heavily nickel plated over steel base and the checquered grip plates are black hard wood (not celluloid). The blade is in mint condition and is the shirt carbine type with false edge. One side has the razor sharp machined ‘saw-back’ teeth. Scabbard has a full coating of original black paint and the original patent leather black frog is present. The blade has the stamped smaller oval Eickhorn trademark which dates it from 1933-35. Excellent example of the rarely found saw-back bayonet.
EARLY HITLER YOUTH KNIFE WITH FULL MOTTO-PUMA. A very good example of an early HJ knife with full 'Blut und Ehre' motto etched along the blade surface. The blade has no riccasso, so is regarded to be of early issue and manufacture. Hilt and crossguard are steel with nikel plating. The plating has worn a little where this dagger has been used and there the leather cross strap rubs, but just a little. Perfect grip plates and a nice HJ enamel diamond with just the slightest of wear to the edges.Scbbard is steel with original black painted surface. Most of the original paint is still present. The brown leather belt loop and cross strap with popper are in great, supple condition. The blade has no riccasso, the motto is still very clear. Blade has been slightly sharpened at some time, but then these were supposed to be used!! Reverse of blade has the PUMA trademark of a Puma's head in a diamond. Blade is very slightly loose in the hilt fittings. Brown leather blade buffer is still present, but as these shrink with age, these sometimes cause the blade to be a little loose as they were sandwiched between blade and crossguard to make a tight seal. Nice HJ dagger.
EARLY NSKK DAGGER WITH 'NAME ONLY' ERASED ROHM BLADE. This a great dagger and represents a dark part of German history. Ernst Rohm was head of the SA/NSKK in the early 1930's, but became too powerful and a threat to Hitler, so he had him murdered in prison in July 1934. Hitler ordered that all traces of Rohm to be removed from everything!! This included the SA and NSKK daggers Rohm had given out to 1000's of his followers. The Inscription on the back of these daggers was either removed completely or the name was just taken out. FULL Rohm daggers are now extremely rare, but so are the name only or partial erased Rohm blades, as MOST were completely ground off. This is a great dagger that has not been cleaned in possibly 70 years and has a great patina all over the nickel parts etc, which have gone a dark yellow. The grip wood is a nice walnut colour and has no cracks or slivers missing. The scabbard has been period painted black to designate a NSKK member (scabbards were always HAND painted, they were not factory finished until the later RZM daggers) The paint has flaked in places, but is basically 65% there. Blade is the main part of this and the obverse is very nice indeed with the SA motto still in super shape with all the background burnishing. The reverse has a nice clear and deep Rohm dedication, the signature part has been carefully, but quite crudely, polished out. However, you can still see some of the edges of the signature. The removal process has also taken off 50% of the makers trademark, but you can still see the distinctive form for the EP&S company (Ernst Pack and Sonne). A great example of this historic dagger.
EARLY SA WITH 'LAZY MAN' ROHM INSCRIPTION WITH SHORT HANGER. With the murder of Ernst Rohm in July 1934, Hitler ordered all reference to him to be removed or destroyed. This included the inscription on the 'honour' SA, NSKK and SS daggers that were issued/purchased. A very few were hidden away and over the years these have surfaced, they are highly collected, very rare and hence expensive. The other daggers we see fit into 3 categories. 'erased' 'partially erased' and this 'lazy man' type. The inscription was either removed professionally where you can hardly see it was ever there, or done by the owner either very well or terribly crudely. The 'lazy man' removal, is always a very half-hearted attempt to follow the rules and get rid of the inscription. This is a perfect example of that. The Rohm inscription on the reverse of the blade has basically just been lightly ground off along the spine of the blade. You can easily read the lettering above and below the spine edge and the Ernst Rohm signature is virtually intact!! However, the grinding has caught the makers mark and removed all of it apart from the lower word SOLINGEN. I have handled many 100's of SA daggers, so I recognise the lettering as being from the Ernst Pack & Sonne firm. They seemed to make the lion's share of Rohm inscription daggers. Obverse of the blade is virtually mint, with all crossgraining etc., but the energetic grinding process on the reverse has caught the edges here and there, so you can see a few lines and scratches. The grip of the dagger is a lovely smooth brown hardwood, the SA button and nickel eagle are perfect. There is a tiny chip from the wood on the edge of the lower crossguard, but done a long time ago and very minor. All the solid nickel fittings have a nice yellow patina. Crossguard is stamped with the Gau mark 'No' which is for Nordsee. The scabbard is in very good order indeed. It still has 100% of the brown anodised coppery colour finish and all of the shellac lacquer. However, the lacquer has 'bubbled' slightly with heat and age and is rough to the touch. Attached to the upper scabbard ring is a single leather hanger. It consists of the normal short leather hanger with snap clip. Lower scabbard bottom fitting has a slightly dented ball.A very nice SA dagger with HUGE history to tell. A fine example of a 'lazy man' erased Rohm dagger.
EARLY SS 1933 MANS DAGGER BY KLAAS - WITH VERTICAL HANGER. This was one of the nicer daggers purchased from the collection last year. This has only been in one collection as it was purchased directly from the family in Exeter by the previous owner. A classic early SS piece, made of high quality materials and perfectly put together. All solid nickel fittings have developed a nice yellow patina. Typically the top pommel nut has been tightened or removed with a pair of pliers and it's left a few marks around the edge. So common with vet acquired pieces, where no one knew how to take them apart, and a thin spanner nut was not the first thing that came to mind! Really not a problem, but I thought I would mention it. The solid ebony grip has no shrinkage problems and fits perfectly. There are two small slivers missing from the reverse upper crossguard. Have been gone a long time and are only small. Again a real problem with ebony as it's very hard and quite fragile. One decent 'bash' when being carried and it chips. The enamel SS button has turned slightly, but no damage. The solid nickel grip eagle is perfectly seated. It has a very small 'dent' to the left of the eagles head and breast. Looks as though it's been tapped with something hard. Nothing else! Lower crossguard has the Roman 'I' stamped into the reverse. Scabbard is a lovely 'blued' or 'anodised' example and retains all of the surface finish and is totally original. Attached to the upper scabbard ring is the original vertical hanger used with this dagger. Has solid nickel clip etc which is completely plain. I have NOT removed the hanger, as it's obvious it's sat hugging the dagger for 70+ years. If the next owner wishes to do so, then that's up to them! The blade on this example is a lovely thing, and apart from the usual 'in/out' runner marks is in mint condition with all of the original crossgrain polish etc. The KLAAS trademark and the SS motto retain all of the blackening to the letters etc. A VERY nice SS dagger, with huge amounts of character, just how I like them!
EARLY SS DAGGER AND HANGER - VERY AFFORDABLE. This is a real ‘33 SS mans dagger by HERDER. Complete with a vertical hanger. All nickel fittings and black painted scabbard. However, at some time this dagger has obviously been kept in a damp environment. This has affected it in two ways. Whist the is no material missing the ebony grip has several hairline cracks running its length on both sides. The grip is fine and is in one complete piece, but it has obviously swollen and shrunk again. SS runes button is perfect, as is the nickel grip eagle. Both crossguard are solid nickel. Lower one is stamped with the Roman numeral ‘I’. The blade is entirely complete, perhaps slightly blunt, but the surface is covered with small pitting spots. There is nothing deep. The blade has been cleaned and polished many years ago and actually has a decent finish to it. The SS motto is still quite deep and clear. The HERDER trademark is clear and deep on the reverse. Scabbard is damage and dent free. Has a good coating of black paint. Bottom chape is undamaged. There is a leather vertical hanger attached to the upper scabbbard ring. Overall this is a good looking dagger, and when SS daggers are over TWICE this price,it represents very good value.
EARLY WEHRMACHT MARKSMANSHIP LANYARD FIR 1-3 GRADES. This is an exceptionally nice original Marksmanship lanyard with the earlier type solid shied badge. Nice toned thick bullion thread and backed with silk to stop it rubbing on the uniform. The reeves of the shield part is finished with a piece of green uniform cloth. Has obviously been used and worn which adds to the history. Nice display item.
EARLY, ALL BRASS EICKHORN 'FREIHERR von STEIN' PARADE SWORD. I was really pleased to buy this Field Marshal series Eickhorn sword at the recent fair I attended. A really great, early type, in cast brass. Eickhorn marketed this group of swords under famous Field Marshals from the WW1 period, and all have become very collectable now. Especially if you are missing one from the series! This pattern appears in the Eickhorn catalogue and all the sword reference books. Has a brass 'dove head' pommel and backstrap acast with oakleaves. The crossguard has a beautiful closed wing national eagle and swastika. Under the crossguard is the 'ges gesch' (pattn Pending) stamping. Very nice grip an wire. A great deal of the original fire gilding remaining all over the hilt. Nice long nickel plated blade and undamaged scabbard. Eickhorn trademark f approx. 1938 deeply stamped into the blade riccasso. A really nice sword.
EARLY, RARE MAKER SA DAGGER WITH VERTICAL HANGER. A good example of a nice early SA dagger by a more unusual maker, that of CARL KLOOS-Solingen-Landwehr.(Landwehr is a smaller town very near Solingen) Whilst this rates as a rare maker 8/10, I have also never had one of these before. Solid nickel fittings have taken on a very yellow patina, both on the hilt and the scabbard. The grip in beautiful and is made of a nice 'ginger' coloured hardwood. The SA button is perfect, and the solid nickel eagle has it's own covering of greenish patina! Lower crossguard has the Gau mark Wf for Westfalen which was in the western part of Germany. Attached to the scabbard and through the upper ring is a brown leather vertical hanger with oval cross strap buckle. Scabbard is nice and straight with no damage and has a full covering of the brown 'anodising'. The lower nickel ball is slightly squashed. The blade is very clean and presentable, a nice bright surface with no sharpening or damage. Alles fur Deutchland motto is crisp with still some grey colour in the lettering. The makers name etc is etched into the reverse riccasso. Good looking piece.
EICKHORN COLOURED SALES CARD FOR THE 1693 SWORD. This is a lovely example of Paul Casberg artwork for the 1692 Eickhorn dovehead sword. Would have hung in a retail outlet and advertised their wares accordingly. I have had several of these cards and I think there would have been a full set produced, but I have nver been able to keep them long eoung. Picture of the sword on the front, the revesr has details of the sword, the sizes and details of the Eickhorn company. It is missn the cardboard 'stand' that would have been stuck to the reverse. Other than that this is a great piece of period advertising.
EICKHORN SHOP TRADE DISPLAY/SIZE CARD-SWORDS-SIZES ETC. This is a great piece of memorabilia for any edged weapon collector. This is an advertising/sales card for the Eickhorn series of swords. Would have probably hung in a retail shop outlet or similat. A bit larger than A4 size, this is laminated on both sides. One side shos a selection of swords with their catalogue model numbers, the other shows sizes and lengths. So if you were X meters tall, you needed a sword of X length. A great piece of period advertising.
EXTREMELY RARE IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVAL DAY BELT. By the very nature that this cloth belt is now over 100 years old and completely intact, is a marvel in itself. I have had many of the lovely silver bullion wide parade belts from the German Imperial navy(I have one available elsewhere on this site) However, I have never had on of the Imperial blue moire day belts in this condition. It’s certainly been used and worn as one of the dagger hanger rings shows swing wear, but the condition of the cloth and the velvet backing is amazing. Imperial navy ‘day’ belts are very similar to the Third Reich and Weimar ones. However, they are much thinner, measuring only 1 1/4” wide, tiny! It has a lovely gilded brass buckle and keeper with the Imperial German cypher ‘W’ over an anchor. Above this is an Imperial German crown. The belt has two brass lions head ‘sliders’ to which the dagger hangers are fixed. On this belt the owner has laboriously stitched velvet over the inside of these sliders to protect it rubbing against the uniform. Beautifully done. The fabric of the belt is virtually mint both inside and out. No moth, no wear, nothing. If you collect Imperial naval items, especially daggers and swords, you will NOT find a better conditioned belt than this.
FACTORY PAPER BAG FOR F.W. HOLLER SWORD. This is a brown paper bag, never issued, for the Holler sword /dagger company. This paper bag is for a Holler sword. Has been damp and folded. Never issued, so details of sword are not filled in. No rips or tears.
FANTASTIC 'TRANSITIONAL' SA BY EICKHORN WITH TRIPLE HANGER. A most pleasing dagger indeed! These 'transitional' pieces seem to be very popular with collectors as they are hard to find especially in good condition. This one is lovely! A typical Eickhorn piece in that it is made to very high standards. Perfect wood grip which has a nice SA button and a great nickel eagle (still using up older stock I imagine). Both crossguards and the metal fittings to the scabbard are in wonderful condition, with NO damage or signs of lifting. As this is an RZM period piece, there is no Gau mark on the crossguard. Attached to the scabbard ring is the original 3-piece marching hanger, in the correct colour with RZM marked oval buckle and snap clip. This piece is all the same colour and in my opinion has been on this dagger since it was made. Scabbard body is painted dark brown and remains 100% intact, beautiful coat of factory paint. The blade is a beauty, is 99.99% stone mint and has all the original polishing crossgrain. These are known as 'transitional' as they carry traits of the earlier daggers as well as the later all RZM pieces. The reverse of the blade has the Eickhorn squirrel from the 38-41 period as well as the Eickhorn RZM number M7/66 and the date 1939. Wonderful! A really good example of this type of dagger and would be very difficult to upgrade.
FANTASTIC MINIATURE ARMY DAGGER COMPLETE WITH MINIATURE HANGERS AND KNOT! As many of you know I have also collected miniature daggers for over 30 years and have a fairly definitive collection now, but occasionally I still see something I have not seen before! This is a most unusual miniature army dagger by E.F. Hörster. Hörster were one of the main manufacturers of miniature daggers along with the Alcoso company. Used as advertising gimmicks, letter openers and salesman’s samples. This one has been personalised by the original owner as they have painstakingly made a beautiful set of miniature cloth and silver bullion hangers along with a miniature bullion knot! I have only seen this done once before and I still have that miniature dagger in my collection. This dagger has a lovely deep yellow grip and dark patina on all the silver fittings. It’s also about 1” shorter than similar daggers I have. Both the perfect scabbard and the blade are made to fit. Very clever and perfect workmanship. A unique dagger here and looks so cool! The nickel plated blade has the EF Hörster name etched along the middle. A great, unique little miniature. Fantastic addition to even an advanced collection.
GILDED DE-LUXE LUFTWAFFE DAGGER HANGERS. This set look to have hardly been worn and just kept somewhere to age gracefully. This set has the standard finish to the top of the straps where they are just folded and sewn around the top clip. However, all the de-luxe fittings retain virtually ALL of the original gilded finish. One buckle is a little duller than the other, but otherwise the gilding shines forth! No wear to the bullion fronts and none to the lovely velvet backs.
GREAT EXAMPLE OF AN ORIGINAL EICHORN KUNENDIENST-SALES CATALOGUE. If you are serious about collecting daggers, then you have to own an original sales catalogue, and this is the BEST catalogue ever produced. The Eickhorn company were very serious people, and this is a serious catalogue. It contains in colour and black and white pictures and drawings, ALL of the daggers, swords etc that they produced at the time and you could by. One of these little books would have been available at all, dagger and uniform shops and distributors and you would have placed your order from here. It has red linen bound covers, with the Eickhorn name embossed in gold on the cover and spine. The inside is a treasure trove of information and covers ALL of the weapons available to the different services. Army, Luftwaffe, navy, Police, SS Customs, etc etc etc. At the back is a fold out section in colour, showing the different type of blade etched you could have , as well as Damascus options. Right at the back is another fold out section containing the complete price list of daggers, swords and options. A truly magnificent piece of history for the blade collector. these are VERY rare to find complete and in this condition.
GREAT SET OF DE-LUXE TYPE RAD OFFICERS LEATHER HANGERS. Dagger hangers are always an interest to me and it's amazing to see how many 'variations' there are, just for an ordinary set of hangers. With the army and Luftwaffe hangers, it's possible to have just a collection of them as there are so many different types. RAD officers hangers also come in different combinations, and whilst not as many as army types, there are still differences. This is a great set of the tan brown leather hangers used on ALL RAD officers daggers. Normally they are quite simple with the straps just sewn to the top fittings and very plain aluminium buckles and bottom clips. These have a great pair of 'metal topped' tabs, which have oakleaves engraved on them as well as the DRGM letters. The tabs are riveted to the leather straps and enable the hangers/dagger, to swing when being carried. This alleviates wear and stress on the hangers, and they last longer! The straps are quite long and are in a fairly thick, stiff leather. The pebbled rectangular buckles, slides and bottom clips are in a grey metal alloy, and not aluminium. They are slightly gilded in colour. A very nice looking set, and different from the norm.
GUARD CAT LOOKS AFTER STOCK!! Turn away for one minute and someone sleeps on your stock!! Sadly the old chap is no longer with us...awful and we are very sad. Long live Mojo, best cat in the world!
HIGH QUALITY SS OFFICERS KNOT-REPRODUCTION. With the extreme cost of original SS Officers sword knots, this may suit someone who would just like to dress up their SS or Police sword, without the usual £900 cost! This is a VERY good copy, and is one of the older reproductions and is made with high quality materials. It's VERY good! Unless you are aware of the original, this could fool you. I had to look twice. Bullion strap is just a little too wide, and the main give-away is the woven SS runes on the knot stem. They are not crisp enough, but nearly!! The knot has age to it, and is probably 20+ years old. It is what it is!
HITLER YOUTH KNIFE RZM M7/2. WONDERFUL CONDITION. This is a really super HJ boys knife is wonderful, original condition. M7/2 is Emil Voos. Their trademark is a snake wrapped around a tree stump, but this does not appear on this dagger as it's past 1939. The blade is therefore plain with no motto, as all HJ blades after 1938 were plain. However, the condition and the quality of this HJ is great. It has a heavy alloy hilt, bit the nickel plating is nearly all complete.Great chequered grip plates with a mint HJ diamond set into the grip. Blade has NEVER been sharpened or abused, and still has ALL of the original crossgrain polish. MINT blade. The scabbard has the original black paint, and apart from a little wear to the very bottom, is all there. The black leather belt loop and cross strap with popper is in great, supple condition. These are JUST how I like to find HJ daggers, used, but is FINE condition.
HITLER YOUTH KNIFE-POST 1938 WITH PLAIN BLADE. This is a very good example of a Hitler Youth knife produced after 1938 with no motto on the blade. Has a very nice blade and is stamped with the RZM code RZM M7/13 for Arthur Schuttelhofer. These later dagger were produced with the grey metal alloy, which was then nickel plated. The plating is a little thin due to age on the hit around the cross strap but otherwise fine. Scabbard has a good coating of original paint and the leatherwork, belt loop and cross strap are fine. Nice chequered grips with a perfect enamel HJ diamond.
IMPERIAL DOUBLE ETCHED ARTILLERY SABRE & KNOT. Dating from pre-WW1, probably 1890-1900, this is well preserved example of an artillery sabre with a double etched blued curvd blade. One side is etched the unit 'Field Artillery Regt. No 76' on the other are beautifully etched mounted soldiers galloping along with their guns!! Grip is sharkshin covered, with wire wrap intact. Steel hilt has nickel plating, but age has created a few rust patches, surface only. There is an original leather knot tied to the hilt. Scabbard is black painted steel with single fixed ring. Good looking sword that is over 100 years old.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVY BULLION PARADE BELT. This is the wide silver bullion dress belt worn on ceremonial parade occasions. About 2 1/2" wide, these belts were carried over to the Third Reich era with subtle changes. The Imperial belt has a red line weave running through it, along with an Imperial brass buckle showing the Imperial crown and the W cypher over an anchor. The buckle on this example is lovely, still having most of the fire gilded finish. Unfortunately, the silver bullion belt has toned down to nearly a black colour due to the high silver content of the fibres. The belt is over 100years old after all! The blue wool inner lining is in goo condition with some period repairs around the buckle. Both of the 'hidden' brass dagger hanger loops are present and they hinge out from small flaps in the wool belt.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVY DRESS BELT. After buying the items from Dorking, the gentleman called me the next day and said he found a 'funny belt' in the cupboard the swords and daggers were stored in, would I like it? He kindly sent it and I paid him for it, and low and behold it was this great untouched Imperial German navy bullion dress belt! The belt is now 100 years old and is officially an antique! The belt is complete, but the silver bullion has toned somewhat with age and exposure. There is no oxidisation, it's just gone a little dark, but the red and blue/grey lines running through it are still very visible. The brass Imperial buckle is very bright and has most of the original gilt still left. Both parts of the buckle are still there. The blue cloth backing has suffered a little from age and has some age spotting etc as seen in the photos. However, it's all still there and would display well with an Imperial dagger or sword. Both fold out brass loops are there, where you would attach sword or dagger hangers.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SENIOR FORESTERS ARMBAND. Well I have to say the Germans knew how to make an armband in the WW1 period. No mucking about with embroydery thus wonderful armband features gilded all brass insignia. Made of a heavy ribbed green cotton, the Imperial Forestry motif/insignia is permanently pinned onto and through the cotton. There is another cloth piece stitched behind it to cover the pins etc and prevent it from wearing it catching on a uniform. The beautiful insignia consists of a large stags head (skull) with full antlers, surmounted by the Imperial crown. In the middle is the cross and star. Beautifully preserved considering now well over 100 years old. There are a few moth nips to the green cloth but otherwise in fine condition. If you have a collection/display of hunting and forestry items, both Imperial and Third Reich, this would compliment it beautifully.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TRENCH ART LETTER OPENER MADE OF SHRAPNEL This is a great piece of trench art,made, it seems from a single piece of shrapnel, which is still raw and original and forms the handle. Further down the steel has been formed into the actual knife and blade of the letter opener with an iron cross formed on the top
KRIEGSMARINE MARKED WATER OR SOUP LADLE!!! No, not a dagger or weapon at all, just a bit of fun!! I often come across the cutlery marked with either an army or Luftwaffe eagle, as used in the various messes. However, never had or seen a ladle. Made in stainless steel and marked ROSTFREI on the reverse of the handle, it is also deeply stamped right at the end with the stick like eagle and swastika and a 'M' underneath. It's about 14" overall length, and being stainless steel, is in great condition. Not sure if this would have been used for water, or just a general ladle, soup etc. Anyway, has probably med 1000's of sailors during WW2
LAND CUSTOMS DAGGER COMPLETE WITH STRAPS AND KNOT. These are one of my favourite daggers, don't know why, but the combination of the alloy and green leather really sets them off. I had a decent example some weeks ago, but THIS one is in overall much better condition. Made by Clemen & Jung, their name (no trademark) is stamped into the blade under the crossguard eagle. Clem and Jung made very high quality daggers, but not many of them ,so they are a collected make across the board. All the dagger fittings are brushed aluminium (crossguard and pommel) It has a very nice green leather grip with twin twisted wires running down it. There is an ORIGINAL to the piece 42cm bullion knot tied in the army style. Been on there for ever. I have yet to see a real 'customs' dagger portepee tied on one of these daggers. All the original daggers I have handled, have had a plain bullion portepee, just like this. Scabbard has bright nickel plated steel fittings with very minimal plate lifting of wear. It seems depending upon their maker and time of construction, customs dagger have a mixture of materials in their construction. VERY early ones have heavier nickel fittings, but they are usually like this, aluminium dagger with steel scabbard fittings. The ALL aluminium customs dagger has fatter aluminium fittings on the scabbard, but the dagger is the same as this. Green leather on the scabbard is lovely, with minimum wear, although you can see this dagger has been used and worn. Purchased with the dagger are the ORIGINAL set of customs straps. These have all aluminium fittings, buckles and clips etc., and feature the laurel leaf design. The straps are silver bullion with nice Kelly green strips running up them. The reverse has nice Kelly green velvet backings. The dagger has been worn and used as I said, and this is evident from the reverse tops of the hangers, where they have worn and rubbed against a uniform or coat. Just adds to the authenticity in my opinion! Blade is in very nice shape. Needle sharp point with no bends, nicks or blemishes. A really great complete 'rig'. A very difficult to find dagger.
LOVELY EXAMPLE OF AN EARLY NICKEL LUFTWAFFE SWORD BY SMF. Always a great favourite with collectors as I think their design conjours up medieval and tutonic times. In superb condition overall and very clean indeed. Brass sunwheel swastikas inset to the pommel and crossguard with silver background intact. Fabulous downswept quillions. The dark blue Morocco leather grip and scabbard and in perfect condition. No tears or damage, some slight age bruising. Twin grip wires running around the grip. The original crescent hanger is permanently attached to the top scabbard fitting rings. Blade is heavily nickel plated and in stone mint condition. The SMF ‘seared king’ trademark is deeply etched into the blade surface and the is a nice Waffanampt inspection stick bird stamped into the surface nearby. A wonderful, classic example of an early Luftwaffe sword.
LOVELY SET OF MATCHED THIRD REICH NAVY HANGERS. As those of you who follow the site and my listings, know that I try and buy as many of the original accessories as possible too. Navy hangers are one of my favourites and if I see a nice set, will always buy them. When bought back as souvenirs, hangers and knots were often discarded or lost, as they were not seen as important. They have now become, in many cases, rarer than the dagger itself! There are a really great set of blue moiré material naval dagger hangers. A matched pair, with both lion's head buckles identical. The cloth and velvet backing show no wear at all and are in perfect condition. Nice gilding to the fittings with just some wear to the faces of the lions. These are Third Reich period hangers and ideal for a nice navy dagger of your choice. (see also the moiré day belts I have which would go well with these) A nice set!!!
LUFTWAFFE DAGGER HANGERS WITH GILDED FITTINGS AND METAL TOPS Another nice set of 'different' Luftwaffe dagger hangers. Again this set has the de-luxe embossed fittings, but there is an awful lot of the original gold gilded finish to them. The tops of the bullion cloth hangers have metal 'swing' tops to ease friction swing wear. No wear to the bullion front or the blue velvet backs. Great looking set.
LUFTWAFFE DAGGER HANGERS WITH LEATHER TOPS. I always on the look out for GOOD dagger hangers, and ones that are a little different. This is a very nice set of Luftwaffe hangers for the 2nd. Pattn dagger. In near perfect condition, with no evidence of any wear. These hangers have the de-luxe embossed fittings with oak leaves etc and push in clips. The straps have lovely bullion fronts and perfect blue velvet backs. The tops are reinforced with blue leather tabs. NICE SET!
MATCHED SET OF THIRD REICH NAVY DAGGER HANGERS. I always look for original dagger and sword accessories, as they complete a piece and are also becoming far more difficult to find than the dagger/sword themselves! Here I have a very good, as worn, set of hangers for the naval dagger. These are a little unusual as the construction is a mix of periods. The lion's head buckles are brass but the clips and slides are gilded aluminium. No reason for this apart from a utilisation of parts from one period to another. All have the same colour and patina, and the clips and buckles are all of the same type and casting, so have been together for ever. Good black moire material, with nice dark blue velvet backings. Some slight wear from being used, but that's all. Complete with the retaining chain and hook (which is also brass). A great period set.
MINIATURE ALCOSO LUFTWAFFE DAGGER. I continue to champion miniature daggers, and the ones made by ALCOSO are some of the best around. Nearly 9" overall, these are made in exquisite details and perfectly replicate their bigger brothers. Made for gifts, letter openers, or advertising give-aways, they were also utilised by the Alcoso salesmen as examples of their work. This is a 2nd Pattn Luftwaffe miniature with orange grip. Tiny twisted grip wire. There is a small chip in the grip at the ferrell. Lovely detailed crossguard. Perfect scabbard. Nice plated blade with ALCOSO trademark etched onto it.
MINIATURE GERMAN HUNTING CUTLASS. A pretty little miniature of a German Hunting Cutlass in brass. Very well made. Has nice gilded blass fittings. Stag crossguard and stags head cast into the pommel. real stag horn grip. Scabbard is black leather with brass fittings. Blade is double etched with different hunting scenes each side. There is a round maker mark consisiting of 2 acorns?. A very nice little piece to go with a Hunting or Forestry collection.
MINIATURE IMPERIAL GERMAN 1898 CADET NAVY DAGGER. These were one of the few miniature daggers produced in the Imperial period. A few bayonets, and some swords, but mainly NAVY DAGGERS. This has some good detail and the brass hilt, grip and pommel are cast in solid brass. I imagine that when brand new, the grip would have been painted white, but this has worn off long ago. A faithful miniature reproduction of a full sized piece, it features anchors cast into the crossguard and the ends have a capstan finish, like the big one! The pommel is also highly detailed with an Imperial crown finish, and you can see the alternating panels with a cross and Imperial eagle. Tiny detail! All brass scabbard has lightning bolt design and the scabbard bands are twisted rope design. One scabbard ring has broken away from the body, but the 'ring' is still present and is attached to the brass chain. Blade is needle sharp and some 5" long and in great condition, with no bends or damage. It still has the little felt buffer in place between the crossguard and the scabbard throat. A really pretty miniature, and one of many types you can collect. Would look fantastic with it's full sized counterpart or with an Imperial navy collection.
MINIATURE IMPERIAL GERMAN 1898 NAVAL DAGGER. This is a lovely little miniature of the long 1898 Imperial German naval dagger. This measures 7" overall and is made entirely of brass. The detail on it is amazing and you can see all of the detail on the crossguards and the crown pommel, as well as all of the lightning bolts on the little brass scabbard!! The crown, hilt and crossguard are all cast in one piece, and the grip is made to look like celluloid or ivory by painting it white/silver. This is what they did on this type of miniature. The blade is a stiletto type and nickel plated. It's in near perfect condition with needle sharp point. There is even a little red felt blade buffer in place! There is a post-war little chain attached.
MINIATURE LUFTWAFFE DAGGER BY HORSTER. This is actually quite a difficult dagger to acquire and own. EF Horster were the second most prolific miniature dagger maker during the Third Reich period. This is typical of their size, about 7.5" overall. Thy made a similar army dagger miniature, a 1st Luftwaffe dagger and some swords too. The detail on these miniatures is absolutely superb. Tiny pommel and crossguard, EXACTLY like the large counterpart. Orange celluloid grip, with tiny twisted wire wrap. In perfect proportion. The scabbard is cast in grey metal and again is identical to the full sized version. The blade is nickel plated, has a needle sharp point and the EF HORSTER name is deeply etched along the blade. Great looking piece and ideal to go with other miniatures or beside a full sized piece.
MINIATURE LUFTWAFFE SWORD BY ALCOSO. A very interesting area to collect, miniatures. A sizable collection can be put together, in a very small space. Out of all of the miniature makers, ALCOSO were the best and made the biggest sizes. This is their Luftwaffe sword, and is virtually identical to a full sized version! Only 9" in overall length, all the detail is there. Morocco leather covers the grip and scabbard, and there is even a tiny grip wire running around it. Used for many things, salesman samples, advertising gimmicks or just plain letter openers. This one has probably been used as the latter as there is some wear to the grip leather where it's been used so much. All metal fittings are nickel plated. Detail to the pommel and crossguard swastikas is very good. Both scabbard rings are present. The blade is a normal stiletto type and nickel plated. The ALCOSO trademark of a set of scales and the company name are etched into the blade.
MINT EARLY RLB OFFICERS 1ST Pattn. ARMBAND. This is a superb example of a RLB Officers armband featuring the early RLB symbol of the starburst with RLB letters and the small swastika underneath. Main body of the armband is in blue cotton and the RLB symbol is sewn 'into' the fabric as part of the weaving process, 'Bevo' style. There is two lines of silver tress sewn top and bottom to indicate the senior rank. Reverse has makers name EB&S Barmen and Ges Gesch also sewn into the fabric seam. In perfect, mint condition. A lovely armband.
MOST INTERESTING PERIOD DAGGER/BAYONET LEATHER HANGER. I have seen hangers like this before, they are meant to slip over a bayonet scabbard or similar. Fantastically well made, definitely factory, not privately made. I have shown it on a bayonet scabbard, just to put it into context. It's one of the smaller carbine type bayonet scabbards, but this is also the same size as the smaller, narrow Police bayonet scabbards. Fits perfectly on each. Consists of the two fixed leather loops that fit either side of the bayonet lug. There is a strog support spine and at the top is a sturdy grip retaining strap. This has an aluminium 'button' that holds it closed. Very similar to the TENO dagger strap button. It even has a little strip of leather to protect the grip from the back of the button! Would look very good on a nice police bayonet or similar.
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MOST UNUSUAL EICKHORN CAVALRY SWORD DEDICATED TO FALLEN US SERVICEMAN WHO DIED IN 1944 INVASION. I have never seen something quite like this before. I have had the odd Third Reich weapon that was changed and used as a sports prize in Europe during the occupation. This is entirely different. it's a lovely early Eickhorn Pantherhead sword made by Eickhorn with the earlier 1935 oval trademark. It's a model 1312 and was available with either cross swords or crossed cannons on the langet. This one has crosses swords. The sword itself is in lovely condition with most of the gilt still over the brass fittings. There is a period sword knot wrapped around the hilt. There is no Third Reich eagle and swastika on this piece, and I believe it was chosen because of that. The blade is the most interesting, unique and historical part of the sword. Professionally deeply etched in a panel on the obverse side is the following dedication' IN MEMORY OF PVT.SIDNEY SPECTOR-WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN WWII'. In front of the dedicated panel is deeply stamped in smaller letters 'PRESENTED BY P.C. HERMAN ZEITLIN'. There is enough information here to do a ton of research. I have very quickly ascertained that it seems Pvt. Spector was killed on the 25th September 1944 (end of the Operation Market Garden campaign) He has been listed as missing in action. He served with the 325th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne division, so being in Market Garden sounds correct. This is a fabulous piece of history and completely unique. Perhaps his family is still alive in the USA and can be contacted to tell us more? He was obviously well thought of, as to have this sword dedicated to him, is quite unusual. Who is PC Herman Zeitlin? An individual? A company? A great project, that may lead to even greater finds. Who knows.
NEW GUARD CAT ON THE PROWL! Have waited for a while after the sad loss of MOJO. We now have a Maine Coon by the name of Chewbacca. He has settled in perfectly and carried on the tradition of guarding my stock!!
NICE 1st PATTN. LUFTWAFFE DAGGER BY EICKHORN. A very good, but not mint example of a 1st Luftwaffe dagger with all nickel fittings etc. Its made by the quality maker EICKHORN, the blade has the trademark used from around 1935 to about 1941. As the fittings on this dagger are all nickel, I would judge this to have been made quite early on, in 1935, before materials changed. Dagger has very nice age patina, especially to the hilt and pommel. The brass swastikas on both are still very clear and seem to have the remains of the gilded finish. Original leather to the grip with triple wire wrap. Wire loose in some places, but all there. Scabbard has dark blue leather covering and again solid nickel fittings, including a lovely solid nickel chain and belt clip. Chain has 8 upper rings and 13 lower ones. All scabbard screws are present. Blade is nice and bright, and has the original blue pebbled leather buffer. Blade has been polished over the years, so no evidence of original crossgrain polish. This is a steel blade, not plated so would just have been finished to a high luster, similar to as it is now. A bit of staining around and near the crossguard, but no pitting or damage. A decent Luftwaffe dagger, not unreasonably priced.
NICE EARLY SA BY ROBERT HERDER WITH WINDMILL LOGO. A very decent example of an early SA '33 man's dagger. This is a very uncommon maker and consists of a nice 'windmill' etched into the blade surface. This is a nice early piece and has all of the attributes associated with that period. Lovely hardwood grip with enamel SA button, the grip eagle is very unusual and is slightly larger that most other types found. An early type perhaps? Completely original to the piece and identical in shape and form, just a few % larger! Nickel fittings have a nice patina to them and the lower Crossguard is Gau marked Nrh for Niederrhein district, in North West Germany. Scabbard has all of the original brown finish to the surface and one minor 'pimple' to the front surface. Really nice looking scabbard. Blade has all of the original crossgrain polish and all of the blackening to the letters. However, where the scabbard runners have rested on the blade, there must have been some moisture sometime between them and its marked it's way into the surface on those 4 points. A most unusual SA dagger, of quite early vintage in my opinion, with a rare maker. With the slight blade imperfections, priced accordingly.
NICE EARLY SA DAGGER BY ANTON WINGEN JR. This early example of an SA dagger is by the more unusual maker Anton Wingen Jr SOLINGEN and has their trademark of a standing knight in armour. Dagger has all nickel fittings which have not been cleaned in a long while. There are lots of brown patina residue in the crevices. It looks like this dagger was hung for a long time in a smoking environment. Nice dark brown wood grip with SA roundel button and nickel grip eagle. the lower Crossguard is marker with the Gau 'No' for Nordsee, an SA coastal area in North West Germany. Scabbard has all of the original brown anodising on the surface with no dents. The scabbard fittings are again slightly brown with patina, the lower ball is not dented. There is an original short leather hanger and nickel clip. The blade is really nice, extremely bright and clean with nearly full crossgraining along the complete surface. The Alles fur Deutchland lettering has all of the original black/grey colour. Very appealing SA dagger.
NSDAP - PARTY ARMBAND. TWO PIECE CONSTRUCTION. This is a completely original, but quite grubby, NSDAP or Political armband. Worn by MANY areas of the political party, SA, NSKK, and the RAD to mention just a few. This one has a red cotton body with a separately applied white circle with black 'bevo' embroidered swastika in the centre. No rips, tears or moth, just quite dirty! Priced accordingly.
ORIGINAL EICKHORN SWORD SALES/STOCK TAG-UNISSUED! From my stock of 'interesting things'. This is the white thin cardboard tag that would have been tied to any of the Eickhorn swords when sold new, or when they came from the factory. Never been issued, it has details to put the item/sword number cod or type and the length of the sword overall and the length of the blade. A great piece of original sales paraphernalia. If you have an unissued or mint sword, this would go perfectly.
PERFECT 42cm BULLION KNOT FOR NAVY DAGGER. A terrific example in virtually mint condition, of a 42cm aluminium bullion dagger knot for the Third Reich naval dagger. Lovely thick cord, which will tie in a great knot. Slightly larger acorn ball with a 'stuffed anus' type finish in the bottom. If you have a mint of near mint dagger without a knot, this will be perfect. Super knot.
PERFECT CONDITION 23cm BULLION DAGGER PORTEPEE. Whilst this should be one of the most common of portepees, trying to find a REAL original one in perfect condition, is pretty difficult. Used primarily on the 2nd. Patty. Luftwaffe dagger, was also used on the 1st. Patty. and TENO Officers, amongst others. In lovely condition. Has been on a dagger at some time. If you need one for your near mint or mint dagger, this is for you.
PERFECT SET OF RAD OFFICERS LEATHER HANGERS. A very elusive set of hangers to find, not supposed to be terribly rare, but I just don’t see nice original hangers for sale anywhere. These are a lovely set, finished in the normal tan brown leather with aluminium buckles, lower clips and slides. (There are some ‘de-luxe’ variations with metal swing tops and different lower clips, but these are even harder to locate) However, 99% of RAD Officers hangers are like these. The top clip/fitting is very wide and is made of nickel and also stamped with the ‘A’ for the Assmann accessory company. Leather straps themselves are in great condition with no cracking or damage and still nice and supple.
PERHAPS ONE OF THE RAREST SWORD KNOTS? CUSTOMS!!!!!!! I enjoy collecting swords still, and I am happy to say a lot of my customers do too! They are great value for money still, they are not reproduced and the variety is huge. Having a nice parade sword, complete with all the accoutrements, knot and hanger is very enjoyable. Like with daggers, some of the accoutrements for the swords are now very hard to find and in some cases, very expensive (SS sword knot for example). I found THIS knot in Germany recently, and whilst the dealer DID know what it was, it's such a rare knot, I thought it was worth the asking price. This is the sword knot for the CUSTOMS parade sword!!! A most unusual thing. Leather strap is dark green/black with 3 silver bullion wires running through. The actual ball of the knot has alternating silver and green threads.
PERIOD MADE SA DAGGER STYLE KNIFE. Purchased in Germany at a recent market, I have no idea what this is, but it's made like and with bits of an SA dagger. Could be a one off, could be theatrical? Has long 11" steel blade. Crossguard and pommel fittings like a SA dagger, grip is a modified SA dagger grip with no insignia. Weird thing, looks great!
PORTEPEE/KNOTS FOR THIRD REICH POLICE BAYONET. A good, original example of the knot used on the Third Reich police bayonets. Suitable for any of the bayonets used by the police from 1933-45, either short or long, with and without clamshells. Cloth strap with red and silver lines, green and silver ball. Has been on a bayonet. I have several of these.
RARE 'PIONEER' LONG DRESS BAYONET BY PUMA WITH FROG. Whilst I have had these 'pioneer' dress bayonets before, I have only had them made by Eickhorn and WKC, never by Puma. The term pioneer is actually wrong as these bayonets had no designation, they were just another variation offered by the Solingen makers. They did not prove to be very popular, so hence the scarcity in today's market.
RARE AND ELUSIVE LUFTWAFFE FORESTRY BAYONET. This is a premium example of the Luftwaffe Forestry bayonet. A strange sidearm as it's not a bayonet at all, but a knife with a stag grip and carbine type blade, but no means of attaching to a rifle at all! Carried by members of the Luftwaffe divisions, under the command of Goering, who was a huge hunting association/forestry follower. . These 'bayonets' are all identical and all made by the same company.Luftwaffe Forestry contingents. Blade is deeply stamped with the distributor one side WAFFEN-LOESCHE BERLIN. The reverse riccasso is plain on this one (not unusual) but they are made by Anton Wigen Chromolit-Besteckfabrik company. Beautifully shaped stag grips which are held in place with 3 removable bolts. Steel crossguard. Black steel scabbard with 100% black paint. A near mint piece.
RARE PATTERN THIRD REICH OFFICERS SWORD BY ALCOSO. Sword collecting is extremely rewarding, as apart from the size and display issues, you get a lot for your money and the variations are huge. This is a RARE Officers sword by ALCOSO, it features in John Angola's sword book on page 69 and it's the only one I have ever had of this type. Unattributed (no model number known) it a a lovely design, but has no eagle and swastika present. Laurel leaves feature on the front langet and are in great releif detail. Celluloid grip with 3 strands of perfect twised wire. . Hilt still has the original leather finger loop, which is most unusual. Hilt has a ronded pommel, not a dove head, and is quite unique in the design. Hilt is solid brass and has perhaps 85% of the original fire gilt present. Blade is STONE MINT and has the Alcoso scales trademark under the crossguard. scabbard is undamaged, and has most of the original paint, with the surface rough with age and some suface rust. A really nice sword and if you collect by pattern, one I guarantee you will not have. THIS IS A RARE SWORD PATTERN.
RARE SPECIALIST LUFTSCHUTZ/WERKSCHUTZ ARMBAND. Part of an large armband collection, this is a Luftschutz armband for the ‘MESSENGER’. In sky blue rayon/cotton, similar to the RLB types, this has a white ‘BEVO’ letter M woven into the fabric. Presumably worn by a Luftschutz member acting as a messenger during air raids etc, when other forms of communication were unavailable. In near perfect condition, also has a little bevo 'No.5' woven into the seam on the reverse. Most unusual armband.
RARE THIRD REICH SWORD KNOT-WATER CUSTOMS!!! This is a beautiful knot, is unissued, but of the Third Reich period. Has gold bullion ball, with black leather strap and triple gold lines running through it. Still tied in the original packing string, I regard this knot as 'new-old stock'. The water Customs sword is terribly rare, I have only ever had 2 in 40 years, so the knot is 100X rarer! however, if anyone has a sword and needs the knot, this must be an opportunity not to be missed. I obtained it from a good contact in Germany, who just had this knot amongst a pile of common ones. He had no idea what it was. I have never seen another,
RARE ‘PIONEER’ LONG DRESS BAYONET BY WKC. I was lucky enough to be offered three of these unusual examples at the last big fair I attended. The type and form of dress bayonet is commonly referred to as the ‘Pioneer’ type. To date no period reference has been uncovered to actually associate them as such, and it’s much more likely it was just a design variation. It appears in major manufacturers catalogues but just designated with a number. I have shown a page from the exact WKC catalogue.It appears in the WKC one as No.91 and is this EXACT BAYONET!. The design was not popular and didn’t sell well, so has therefore become a rare commodity on the collecting market. This one is in near mint condition throughout. All the nickel plating is 100% with no wear. The blade is stone mint. It is a carbine type blade with a false top edge, very unusual for a long dress bayonet blade. It seems to have had a frog at some time as it’s rubbed the scabbard paint a little. Other than that, this is a perfect bayonet. Personally I love the design, very streamlined! I will supply copy of the page in the WKC catalogue as it's a great reference to go with the bayonet.
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RED CROSS MAN'S DAGGER -NICELY RESTORED. A standard Red Cross man's dagger but this has been sympathetically restored in the following ways. All metal parts, which are usually finished in a mid-grey coating, have been properly nickel plated. The scabbard has also received a coat of new black gloss paint. It actually looks quite good, and certainly different. The blade is a standard finish and in very nice order, with razor sharp teeth to the sawback edge. I would imagine if this went into an auction, no one would be the wiser and it would sell for between the £400-£500 mark. You opportunity to buy a real example, but 'blinged up' and very reasonable!!
REICHSDIENSTFLAG (SERVICE FLAG) 1.5x 2.5. A good sized Dienst flag in good condition. Measures 1.5m x 2.5m and is marked on the white cotton rope sleeve. No other makers marks. It has ‘CuxHaven’ hand written in ink also on the hem. This is the place where it was liberated from and is on the North German coast.iFlag has very good colours, seen flying edge and reinforced corners by the rope sleeve. There are a few age holes or small tears. Mainly from vermin/mouse when stored. A good quality display item.
RLB ARMBAND WITH LATER MOTIF. This is an all cotton, light blue RLB armband for non-officers, featuring the 2nd style of RLB insignia. Light blue cotton bas with a 'bevo' machine weaved RLB sunburst with swastika in the centre. In virtually mint condition. Would make a great addition to any RLB collection or a backdrop to a RLB dagger.
SA SINGLE SHORT DAGGERS HANGERS & TRIPLES. I have a number of the short, snub nosed, leather dagger hangers for the SA and NSKK daggers. I have both solid nickel varieties for the earlier dagger and the plated ones usually attached to the RZM period daggers. The RZM period hangers seem to all have RZM or maker marked clips and RZM stamps to the leather. I also have 2 sets of the triple hangers which incorporate the rare small leather loop that goes around the dagger grip. I have pictured all the ones available and they are priced from £70- 195 for the triple hangers. All are in good serviceable condition.
SENIOR FORESTRY BULLION/GREEN DAGGER KNOT. This is the CORRECT portepee or knot which is worn on the hilt of the Senior Forestry Officials cutlass. Worn with the cream celluloid hilted cutlass and tied in the same way as a parade sword. These are hard originals to find and really complete a Forestry Cutlass. Silver bullion ball/acorn, with green bottom insert. Flat bullion strap has twin solid green lines running the length. Platted slide is twisted green/silver. In near perfect condition, has been on a dagger, but no wear or damage.
SENSATIONAL ORANGE GRIP NAVY DAGGER WITH HAMMERED SCABBARD, ORIGINAL STRAPS AND UNDERBELT. An absolutely wonderful example of a WKC navy dagger with EVERYTHING you need, the COMPLETE RIG! According to the original family owners, this was exactly as their Grandfather bought it back as a souvenir, and it looks as though the navy officer just took the whole thing off and gave it to him! Unlikely, as in 1945 no one was wearing dress daggers, especially to surrender. It was probably discovered in a building, or a house, or perhaps even a ship, but just kept as it is. Dagger is a classic WKC piece, and retains 95% of the original fire gilt. The beautiful grip has toned to a mid-tangerine orange colour. Wrapped around the pommel and crossguard and in the correct naval 'tie', is a really thick, gilt coloured bullion portapee. It has been on this dagger for some 70+ years, and you can see the slight fraying wear to the cords, where they come out of the crossguard tie. Fantastic looking knot. Scabbard is the 'extra cost' hammered type and again has 95% of the original fire gilt. One VERY slight indentation to the bottom, hardly noticeable. Blade has the normal dolphins and anchor etched panels, and the etch is in the original dark charcoal colour. The WKC knights head trademark is deeply stamped into the riccasso. The original red felt blade buffer is present. With the dagger are it's original set of gilded aluminium daggers hangers with lion's head buckles. Both straps are in excellent condition with virtually no wear. The straps are attached to the blue naval under-belt, which was worn under the tunic to suspend the dagger from. So there you have it, a complete 'rig', as it would have been worn, and with a fabulous ORANGE grip navy dagger!!
SHORT HOLLER ETCHED 'MEMORY OF SERVICE TIME' DRESS BAYONET WITH STAG GRIPS. A lovely little piece! These were purchased by family members or the soldiers themselves as recognition of their service in the armed forces. Most dagger manufacturers offered them in their catalogues, and they were obviously a popular money maker for them. This particular type of dress bayonet is made by HOLLER and features in the original, period HOLLER catalogue. It's also shown in the etched bayonet book by Wayne Tychet. It has the added option of real stag grip plates. The bayonet slot has a green felt insert, and combined with the stag grips, this probably was for a soldier in a Jager Regiment. Hilt parts are all nickel plated and just have the slightest lifting and age in places. Stag grips. Black painted scabbard in virtually stone mint with 100% original black paint. There seems to have been a frog on the bayonet at some time as the paint under where one would have rested is completely smooth, whereas the other half of the short scabbard has some age 'spidering' to the exposed surface. No damage, chips or dents. The blade is spectacular, and stone mint in every respect. The quality of original, period etching on these bayonets is actually a work of art. The detail is razor crisp, perfectly executed and deeply etched. this is the 'memory of my service time' etch with a closed wing Wehrmacht eagle and swastika at each end. The short carbine blade is perfect. The FW HOLLER oval trademark is stamped into the reverse riccasso. There is a black leather blade buffer.
SMF LUFTWAFFE 2nd Pattn DAGGER WITH OWNERS INITIALS - COMPLETE RIG. This is a very nice piece indeed and is totally complete with original 23cm bullion knot and original set of straps. With a perfect light orange solid celluloid grip and bright aluminium fittings, this Luftwaffe dagger by SMF really looks the part. Has springy aluminium grip wire, mint original 23cm knot. Both the reverse of the Crossguard and the top of the scabbard have been nicely personalised by the original owner with his initials ' V D '. Whilst there must be quite a few Luftwaffe personnel with these initials, a research project could work. Scabbard is a lovely nickel plated variety and is dent and damage free with full plating coverage with no lifting. The blade is stone mint, and is exactly as it left the factory i.e. with the SMF logo still UNDERNEATH the Crossguard eagle and swastika. (after 40 years of handling 1000's of daggers, the 'untouched' ones, those straight out of the woodwork etc., inevitably have the blades like this, with the maker mark underneath the crossguard eagle. No idea why as you would have thought the logical place is visible on the other side, but that's what I have observed) So the SMF 'seated king' logo is there along with the stamped Waffenampt inspection mark. The blade is a nickel plated variety with needle sharp point. The dagger also has the benefit of the original hanging straps. These are in great condition and are the standard type with plain aluminium fittings and clips, which all work well. Bullion straps are blue velvet backed. There is a little period repair/strengthening to the top of one strap where is rubs against the top clip. A really nice, complete dagger.
SOLID GREEN KNOT FOR FORESTRY CUTLASS. Similar to the one listed earlier, this is a slightly different version of the green portepee or knot that's worn with the subordinate Forestry or Hunting cutlass. In green cotton, the green straps are completely one colour and match the ball. This again is totally made in green cotton twisted cord, and along with the green step, completes this knot. I have included a picture of this knot being worn on a cutlass. In very good condition with some very slight useage wear.
SS NCO'S DRESS SWORD, LONG BLADE - NUMBERED. A really good example of the parade sword as worn and possibly issued to SS NCO's. As a general rule most SS personnel were chosen for their physical attributes (height), amongst other things, so their swords are usually pretty long! This is the case with this one, and it has an overall length of 37.5 " with a 32" blade. The blade is devoid of any maker, very common with SS officers and SS NCO's swords, but it has an issue number '121' stamped into the riccasso. Blade is matt polished and I near perfect condition. The original cream (now dirty) blade buffer is in place. Hilt fittings are all nickel plated steel and in very good condition. The pommel displays the deeply cast SS runes. Sword grip is dark hardwood and painted black. Paint is still 75% present showing a polished wood elsewhere. Scabbard is lovely with no dents or bends, has virtually all of the original black paint. Top scabbard shows great detail and has the SS runes or SS-Kulturzeichen stamped into the scabbard throat. There is no bottom scabbard fitting on SS NCO's swords, just a steel drag. A really nice example of a SS NCO's dagen.
SUPER AND VERY RARE 'USED' CUSTOMS THIRD REICH SWORD KNOT The Third Reich customs service had their own, specific, designated dress dagger, but not an 'actual' sword. They used several varieties, and the Eickhorn catalogue mentions that there was a type authorised as a Customs sword, and also a pattern sword appears in the Third Reich era WKC sales catalogue as Model Nr. 1016 “Zollbeamten Sabel” (Customs Official’s Sabre).However, both of these swords would have had THIS specific sword knot tied on the hilt. An incredibly rare knot to find on it's own, and if you have one of the swords, this needs to go on it!! Wide black leather strap with triple silver wires running down the length. The ball has a plain stem, but the acorn has interspersed green and silver weave. This knot has been on a sword and has a little wear to the strap. Needs to go back on a sword!!
SWORD PORTAPEE/KNOT IN GREEN LEATHER-NEAR MINT. This is the standard, smaller sword knot worn with ALL Third Reich Wehrmacht parade swords. In beautiful condition, this knot has been on a sword and remains in a 'ghost' tie! So would be easy to slip back on a lions hear of dove head sword. It's in remarkable, mint condition. Perfect green leather and twin bullion wires running the length. Nice bullion acorn ball.
TENO OFFICERS DAGGER WITH ORANGE GRIP & KNOT. A very good example of the fabulous TENO Officers dress dagger. Both of the TENO dress daggers, man’s and Officers, were only made by EICKHORN, so are very consistent in quality etc. The crossguard and pommel are cast in aluminium and then nickel plated. There is then an artificial ‘blackening’ aging process applied to the complete dagger which gives it an antique look. Some daggers still have this finish remaining but most TENO Officers pieces have had it removed or polished off! This is the case with this dagger and it has lost most of the blackening, it is only evident in the crevices and hidden areas. The pommel features a cogwheel, the crossguard is a styalises eagle and swastika incorporating the TENO symbol. The solid celluloid grip has turned a deep orange. Like many other daggers with celluloid grips, environment and exposure change the colour. This one was yellow and has darkened to orange. There is a short 23cm original knot tied around the grip. Scabbard is silver/nickel plated, and has lost most of the chemical blackening. It is still evident in the recesses etc. All TENO officers daggers are numbered and stamped into the blade surface is 0737. This is repeated on the scabbard throat, 737. The blade is a super plated variety, with the etched Eickhorn squirrel and the TENO eagle. Blade is in near mint condition.
TERRIBLY RARE LONG BULLION SWORD KNOT FOR IMPERIAL NAVY SWORD. This is a knot you just won't find! There really do not turn up on their own, and if you have an Imperial naval sword without one, here is the opportunity. A long knot, over 44cm in length and made of thick bullion cord. Due to it's age (over 100 years) it's darkened down somewhat, but ideal for a 100 year old sword! The bullion has turned a golden colour and the black and red flecks are quite noticeable along the thread. The large ball is silver bullion and the 'stuffing' at the bottom is red and black cord. Ready to tied back on your Imperial sword! Don't miss this.
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THE RARE LUFTWAFFE FORESTRY BAYONET COMPLETE WITH ORIGINAL BROWN FROG. After not finding one of these for years, this is the second acquired in 6 months, but it came as a part exchange from an existing customer, so was not in the 'marketplace'.This is a Luftwaffe Forestry "Waffen-Loesche" Bayonet w/Frog. Marked Ch.A.W., (Chromolit-Besteckfabrik, Arthur Wingen, Solingen). These dagger are ONLY made by this company. Several good theories exist as to exactly who wore these and why, but senior Luftwaffe NCO's seconded to Forestry duties, seems the best one. They are always slightly different in the extra markings some have, added numbers or letters stamped on the blade or crossguard etc. This one has a very nice pair of rounded stag grips with steel slotted bolts holding them on. Polished steel crossguard. Bayonet style scabbard with single long tab. This type of dagger is mentioned in the book 'Seitengewehr: History of the German Bayonet 1919-1945'. Scabbard body is painted black. There is an original Luftwaffe brown leather frog which matches the dagger. This is how they were carried and sometime with a green Forestry knot too. Lovely frog is near perfect condition. It's slightly smaller and narrower, especially for this dagger. It would not fit a K98 bayonet scabbard. Blade is a standard 'carbine' type common to all these daggers. Stamped on one side 'Waffen Loesche-Berlin' and on the other 'Ch. A.W.'. At some time, either period (or probably later) the blade is in very good condition, but has some very slight 'pits' on the surface towards the bottom, otherwise fine. These are VERY rare daggers now and so difficult to find. A nice thing!
THIRD REICH 'BEVO' ARMBAND FOR THE DEUTCHES ROTES KREUZ. This is the classic type of armband seen in nearly all of the pictures of war-time German nurses or medical personnel. Worn with a uniform on the left arm.This is a white cotton/linen base with a central red cross in 'bevo' cotton. In a circle around this are the 'German Red Cross' lettering. A little grubby, has been used. Sewn together as issued.
THIRD REICH 'OTHER RANKS' PARADE SWORD + KNOT. Not commonly seen as thy were very plain and uninspiring, they also did not depict any eagle and swastika either. This is a standard, plain issue Other Ranks 'walking out' or parade sword. I am pretty sure the issue and wearing of these was dropped pretty quickly in favour of the standard dress bayonet, but there are many early photographs of enlisted men wearing the dress/parade sword. This is a pretty long sword measuring 41" o/a. Would mean the original owner would have been just under 6' tall. Big in those days. Hilt is a very plain dove head affair, which was nickel plated over steel. Most of this has worn off now. Black celluloid grip has triple brass wires. There is an original enlisted man's portepee wrapped around the hilt. Green with thin silver wires. Shows age commensurate with the sword condition. Blade is nickel plated and 34" long. It's in near perfect condition and is deeply stamped with the maker RICHARD HERDER SOLINGEN. Scabbard is a standard black painted single hanger type, it is missing the throat at the top, but fits perfectly and the runners are still inside. An interesting sword, not in the best of condition externally, but with the mint blade and knot, easily worth the money!
THIRD REICH ARMBAND FOR ARMY RECRUITMENT OFFICER. This is perhaps one of my favourite armbands, as it looks so good! A closed wing Wehrmacht eagle on a white background. Very stylistic and a great display piece. The black closed wing eagle is sewn through the white cotton/linen body 'bevo' style. Armband shows some overall age 'spotting', but no damage or wear.
THIRD REICH ARMBAND FOR ARMY RECRUITMENT OFFICER. Purchased with a similar armband, this particular is in white 'rayon' material instead of the cotton/linen variety. Everything else ids the same. Wehrmacht style, closed wing black eagle is sewn through the fabric 'bevo' style. Amband is a bit grubby overall, but other than that is in perfect condition.
THIRD REICH ARMY OFFICERS SWORD KNOT. This is the normal, standard sword knot that is found (or should be) on nearly every WW2 German Officers dress/parade sword. In green leather with twin silver bullion lines woven into the strap. Silver bullion ball. This knot has been on a sword and is a little freyed but not damaged, would slip nicely ont an exisiting sword. Difficult to find and will finish off a sword nicely.
THIRD REICH ARMY SWORD KNOTS - PORTEPEES. From my source in Germany I have obtained a selection of the green leather knots or portepees that are tied to lion's head and dove head parade swords. Virtually ALL swords would have had these for parade purposes and in my opinion a sword does not look complete without one. They really add to the appearance of a nice sword. These are all basically the same, but all slightly different due to manufacturing differences. Green leather straps with bullion twin lines running the length. A green/bullion braded slide and a bullion acorn ball. All have been on swords at some time and will tie back into their assumed position. All show a little use, but none are broken or cracked and will enhance the appearance of your sword.
THIRD REICH FIRE BAYONET/SWORD KNOT. These are a popular portepee/knot to find and this is one of the few I have left in stock. Used on all of the Fire Dept bayonets and also on the Officers sword. Black leather strap with silver bullion thread running down each side. The ball is made with interspersed silver bullion and red bullion cord. This has been on a dagger and tied accordingly, there are a few of the silver threads which are loose etc. Once tied back on a dagger, will look fine.
THIRD REICH FIRE OFFICERS PARADE SWORD - EICKHORN -WITH KNOT. As pictured and listed in the Eickhorn catalogue, this is the plain gilt hilted parade sword carried by Fire Officers. It has a plain, rounded dove-head hilt, with no engraving. Completely smooth. No political or military affiliation so no swastika on the piece at all. The hilt is gilded aluminium, but the gilt has dulled down to a brass like finish. Black celluloid grip with thin twisted grip wires. There is an original to the piece, Fire sword portepee. If you peek under the knot at the hilt, you can see the protected surface and rub marks. Scabbrd is black painted steel. The blade on this piece is marked with the post 1938 Eickhorn squirrel. Blade has a steel finish reather than a nickel plated on and is quite dull in places, but would certainly polish up. No damage or pitting though. If you have a Fire bayonet, dagger collection, they certainly wore this sword too!
THIRD REICH FIREMAN'S BRASS PARADE SWORD-EICKHORN. In addition to the fire parade bayonet, all enlisted men also had a parade sword. It was usually a very plain, unadorned piece, with smooth brass finish. This is exactly that. All brass fittings, with absolutely plain surfaces. Nice black celluloid grip with twisted wire. No damage. plain nickel plated blade with STAMPED post 1938 Eickhorn trademark under langet. Scabbard has all original paint, but has been used for sword fighting!!! So has bumps and nicks on the lower edges. A standard no nonsence sword. A FIRE sword is quite a rare beast.
THIRD REICH GREEN LEATHER WEHRMACHT OR's SWORD OR BAYONET KNOT. This is the 'green' leather knot used on the other ranks parade sword or dress bayonet. Quite plain, consists of green leather straps with bullion ball with interspersed green silver cords. Nice thing.
THIRD REICH OFFICERS SWORD KNOT. This is the standard sword knot as tied and worn to 99% of Third Reich army officers parade swords. Green leather strap with twin silver wire lines and silver bullion ball. In near perfect used condition, this has been on a sword at some time, so will go nicely on your lion's head or dove head sword. IN HAVE 2 NEARLY IDENTICAL
THIRD REICH OFFICERS SWORD PORTAPEES. An important accessory for your Third Reich Officers parade sword. Were worn on all 'lions head' or 'dove head' swords, from senior NCO upwards. These knots/portapees were all basically the same construction. A green leather strap with twin silver lines running their length in silver bullion wire. Green leather braided slide and solid bullion acorn type ball. There were many manufacturers making these, so there are subtle differences in construction, especially how the space inside the bottom of the ‘ball’ was finished off. I have listed all these 4 together. Finish off our sword with one of these.
THIRD REICH PARTY ARMBAND. This is a normal style 2-piece NSDAP party armband worn by MANY of the Political organisations during the 1930's and early 40's. This one is of red cotton construction with an applied 'bevo' type white roundel with black swastika. This is machined onto the red body. Evidence that this has been sewn to a jacket or shirt. A little grubby from age, but overall very good condition with no moth/damage. This was a very common souvenir for the troops to bring home.
THIRD REICH SHOOTING ASSOCIATION DIRK/DAGGER. The heritage of shooting in Germany goes back 100's of years and the Hunting, shooting, forestry communities are all intertwined. The shooting association existed before the Third Reich and there are daggers on the market that reflect this. It was incorporated into the Third Rich era in about 1935, but dues to many things, did not exist very long and was absorbed into other para-military organisations. Therefore the Shooting Association dagger is not very common. This is a standard example by EF HORSTER. It is very unusual in the fact that is does not have the brass crossed rifles insignia on the grip, never had it either as there are no holes where is could have been. The celluloid over wood grip is 100% perfect, no cracks, no damage at all. The clamshell below the crossguard is the only place where there are two tiny swastikas in the enamel around the edge writing of DEUTCHE SCHUTZEN VERBAND. Nickel plated fittings for the pommel and crossguard are quite heavy and not the later aluminium types. Blade has the Horster trademark, plus the standard 'shooting etch' all the way down both sides. The etch on Horster daggers is slightly different to that on say an Eickhorn dagger. However, both (and all genuine shooting blades) have a weird polish to the metal which extends for a few inches from the hilt. The blade surface is polished across the crossgrain, rather than just being polished all the same way. No idea why it was done like this, but 99% of the daggers I have ever seen are like this. Scabbard has two nickel plated fittings, which are fixed to the scabbard with staples. They also have matching numbers stamped into the metal UNDER the staples, looks like 17. Scabbard is a hard black leather and in excellent condition. This dagger was carried in a bayonet type frog attached to the upper fittings, and they also word a solid green portepee. A very good example indeed. Strange that there are no crossed rifles on the grip, but it is what it is and 100% original.
THIRD REICH SHORT PRIVATE PURCHASE POLICE BAYONET. Acquired along with the Weimar Police bayonet listed below, this is a further advancement and journey into the world of Police bayonets! Made by LUNESCHLOSS (unusual maker) Identical in size and shape to the Weimar one, but with no clamshell. This lovely little Police dress bayonet has all aluminium hilt/pommel fittings, making it really light. Nice detail to the pommel birds head and crossguard. The lighter stag grips have an aluminium police eagle pinned through. Grips are held together with aluminium rivets. A nice black leather scabbard with nickel plated top and bottom mounts, which again have matching casting numbers. The blade is a shorter bayonet style with single edge and single fuller. Blade is in mint condition. The Luneschloss trademark of a medieval plumed helmet with a sword, is deeply stamped into the riccasso. The officer purchase smaller police bayonets are very hard to find now, this is only the second one I have had in 2 or 3 years.
THIRD RIECH ARMBAND FOR CIVILIAN WORKERS IN THE ARMY (WEHRMACHT) . A classic WW2 armband. Worn on left arm by civilian men in ordinary clothes whilst working for the German army. White cotton armband with black printed letters (always printed). Translation means 'worker in German army'. In near perfect condition. Inside along the seamed edges you can see where the dotted lines where on the much bigger printed sheet, and these showed where to cut the cloth!
UNDER TUNIC SWORD HANGER. This the fabric and leather arrangement for suspending a sword (or dagger) from underneather an uniform. Canvas type strap with brown leather tear-drop and nickel clip. In excellent condition and would finish off a sword rig very nicely.
UNISSUED - STONE MINT 23cm BULLION PORTEPEE. A beautiful, unissued and still with factory tied string, 23cm aluminium bullion portepee for the Luftwaffe and TENO daggers. Mainly used on these, but does appear on others. This is as it was made some 75 years ago. If you have a mint or unissued piece, this is the knot for you. These 'new-old stock' items still trickle out of Germany etc when they are found. Lovely accessory.
UNISSUED THIRD REICH NSDAP GILT BUCKLE AND GILT 'D' RINGS IN PACKET. Survived all these years as 'unissued' stock, here is a NSDAP gilded officers claw belt buckle complete with the paper RZM label still attached. Would have gone on an officers brown leather belt. Gilding is still 99% mint with one small area of corrosion on the reverse. Buckle is stamped in tiny letters RZM M5/71. This was for Overhoff and Cie..Ludenscheid. They made many metal uniform accessories. Along with the buckle are an unopened packet of NSDAP gilded 'D' rings. There are 12 in the packet. It is slightly split open on the reverse so you can see inside at the 'D' rings! Otherwise completely mint and unissued. A great talking point. Both new 'old' stock, saved for 70+ years.
UNTOUCHED & UNCLEANED EARLY LUFTWAFFE SWORD-PERSONALISED/INITIALS. This, in many cases is how I like to find 'souvenir' edged weapons. This was obviously stored in an attic or loft, not inside in a nice cosy environment! This early all nickel Luftwaffe Officers sword has a nice coating of patina all over the fittings, I think it looks fantastic, but if you choose to clean it off a little, I am sure that's fine too! The pommel and crossguard are quite dark, but the swastikas and the nickel finish are all there underneath. Dark blue leather grip has a little wear to the surface, but the triple wire wrap is completely present. Scabbard is great and has a super finish to the leather, no bends or damage to the scabbard body. The top scabbard fitting has a beautifully jeweller engraved set of initials right in the middle. It's HP (or could be PH?) I am never quite sure which is the dominant initial when they are intertwined like this. Wonderful workmanship. Attached to the top scabbard rings in the dark blue crescent shaped hanger with metal box clip. Blade is near mint, heavily nickel plated and in virtual mint condition. The makers logo SMF, a seated king, is deeply etched into the surface. There is one 'tiny' edge nick beside the logo. perhaps the result of 'play sword fighting' many years ago. There is no sharpening to the blade and no lifting to the heavy nickel plating. A super looking Luftwaffe sword, with great character.
UNTOUCHED EARLY SA ERASED ROHM DAGGER BY EP&S WITH HANGER. I was lucky enough to be contacted recently by a man who's father had bought this dagger back as a souvenir, along with 2 NSDAP armbands and a book of Third Reich postcards. The dagger has remained in his family for the past 70+ years and left entirely alone. The nickel fittings have a nice dull patina on all surfaces. The scabbard has 95% of the original lacquer over the brown anodising. The original short leather hanger is attached to the scabbard ring. The grip is a lovely colour wood and is perfect, along with a the grip eagle and SA button. Lower crossguard has Nm 'Nordmark' Gau markings from the northern part of Germany around Kiel. The blade is most interesting as it once was a full Rohm presentation, so this dates the dagger from around 1933/34 as Hitler had him murdered in June 1934 and all traces of his removed from everywhere! This included the dedication on the SA blades. This one has been 'energetically' done by the original owner and the grinding marks extend right down the back of the blade and even to the tip area, when it's caught the edge of the blade. The obverse of the blade is unaffected and just has some age smudges etc on the surface. The grinding has just touched the top of the EP&S logo, but it's still possible to see a tiny portion of the original dedication etch further down the blade. A good looking piece with history. Competitively priced for a nice early SA with ex Rohm inscription.
VARIOUS ORIGINAL ARMY DAGGER HANGERS. I have several sets of original army dagger hangers. All in good serviceable condition, and with variations of hardware.De-luxe tops, plain clips etc etc. Priced from £125 upwards. Please contact me for a choice.
VERY EARLY 1st LUFTWAFFE DAGGER WITH MATCHING FLIGHT GROUP ISSUE MARKINGS. This was a nice surprise to find as I had just purchased this as an early 1st Luftwaffe dagger. Stamped into the blade and aslo into the scabbard throat are matching issue and accountability numbers. They read III/Fl. 154 26...…..this translates as follows "The Roman III shows that this dagger was from the 3rd Gruppe of a unit numbered Fl. [=Flieger/flyers] 154 and the individual weapon number was 26. However, the only Luftwaffe unit I can find numbered 154 was Fliegergruppe Fassberg from the 1st of April 1934, which then became Kampfgeschwader 154 based in Hannover from the 1st of April 1936, but this bomber unit didn’t have a third Gruppe. This unit then seems to have been dissolved and/or renumbered 157.". A dagger with history and traceability! It has all nickel fittings which are in very good condition. Brass inset swastikas in the crossguard and pommel. Blue leather grip has a triple wire wrap, blue leather scabbard. Both are in excellent condition. Long nickel chain with 9 upper rings and 14 lower rings. One small link has been period repaired with thin wire. Blade is a nice example and is a nickel plated variety. The maker is WEYERSBERG and this is etched deeply into the upper blade area.In addition, a virtually identical dagger is pictures on page 96 of Tom Wittmann's Luftwaffe book. His dagger and this one came from the same Luftwaffe group, just the individual weapon number are different. A really nice example of a traceable dagger in great condition.
VERY NICE EARLY NAVY MOIRE DAY BELT WITH BRASS FITTINGS. This is a smashing naval dark blue moire day belt, and an early one too. Would have been after the Imperial time as the belt buckle is different, and before Third Reich as the fittings are solid brass. What also gives away it's age is the velvet backing to the belt is dark purple not blue. Usually this colour was only used/found on Imperial navy dagger hangers, so this belt could be late 1920's even. Anyway the design of these belts were the same from post Imperial, through the Weimar navy and into the Third Reich era. A very nice belt, quality material, with heavy sold brass fittings, buckle, sliders etc. It has the original owners name inked inside the back of the buckle. In great condition, with a tiny patch of wear to the moire material just beside the buckle. Hard to find, and if you have an nice early navy dagger with a set of early brass dagger hangers, this will compliment them perfectly.
VERY RARE EARLY SA MAKER BUT TOTALLY INCLEANED DAGGER!! It is quite unusual to find a SA dagger in this totally incleaned state. I think it must have been hung in a smoking environment for MANY years! It’s dark yellow patina covers the whole dagger and has toned down the nickel crossguards to a nearly black colour. Amazing. The added bonus is that the blade has remained protected and it’s also made by one of the rarest makers listed. Etched in an oval with a castle like structure in the middle. This is by EUGEN SCHEIDT OHLIGS SOLINGEN. Rated as a 9-10 in the scarcity ranking (SA book by Ralf Siegert ). Dagger seems to never have been apart as the tang nut and patina are not disturbed. Nice dark wood grip with S.A. button and dark yellow grip eagle. Grip has tiny piece of wood missing between the S.A. button and the top crossguard. This is the narrowest part of the grip with smallest piece of wood between the two, so is it’s weakest point. Patina has covered this too so it’s just not noticeable. Solid nickel crossguards are covered in the yellow patina but are in good condition. The lower crossguard has a Gau mark Nm for Nordmark. Scabbard again is covered innpatina but still has full covering of the brown anodising. Bottom scabbard fitting is basically indamaged. The blade is a fantastic BRIGHT RELEIF compared to the outside. Has remained protected inside the airtight scabbard and is in near mint condition. Apart from some in/out marks and very light surface scratches where a rough rag has been used to wipe it down, all the original crissgrain polish is present and the motto and trademark retain their background etched colours. A most interesting S.A. dagger. A very rare maker and in untouched condition. Would it clean up? Yes, with care and the correct products, it would. However, my advice would be to leave it as it is as a testament to history and time!
VERY RARE MAKER - LONG SENIOR FORESTRY CUTLASS BY RARE MAKER EP&S. Forestry and Hunting daggers are always a favourite of mine, and I will always look for something unusual. Whilst this is a very nice Senior Forestry cutlass, the maker makes it really unusual. It's by Ernst Pack and Sonne, EP&S. This manufacturer made most of the common daggers, including SS, they are really not found a lot, so they have become very collectable. This Forestry cutlass has a gilded aluminium hilt, with either bone or ivory cream grips. The grips are very 'slab sided' and quite thick, unlike others which are very rounded off and smooth. All 6 gilded acorns are present in the grip. Fluted clamshell. Black leather scabbard with gilded fittings. It is with the blade where the most differences are seen. All Forestry and Hunting cutlasses usually have beautifully etched blades, with forestry and hunting scenes. This is no exception, but the WAY the etch is constructed and laid out is totally unique to EP&S. It has a panel running around the whole thing and then is divided into smaller panels at the top and bottom. Top has a beautiful stags head and the bottom has a German wild turkey. Etched into the riccasso is the EP&S trademark. Apparently there are 4 different designs for this dagger marketed by EP&S, whilst this is not the most ornate version, it is one of the hardest to find.
VERY RARE ORIGINAL LARGE TYPE SS NCO'S BULLION SWORD KNOT. This is the large, all bullion sword knot that is virtually identical to the SS Officers sword knot, but lacks the woven SS runes on the knot stem. There has been a little confusion over the years where these were actually worn as they have turned up on bayonets as well as swords. I recently found an original period portrait photo of two brothers in the LAH posing in their full black SS uniforms. Both were NCO's. One is holding his SS Nco's parade sword and as clear as day, the large bullion SS knot (without runes) is shown tied around the hilt. I have included a copy of this picture. This knot is in virtually mint condition. Thick wide bullion straps with the twin black lines running up each side. The large bullion ball has alternating black and silver threads on the ball and the crown. The stem and slide have a 'zig-zag' black and silver weave. The bottom of the ball has a section of the strap material inside. An absolutely super knot, and in my opinion as rare, if not rarer than the Officers version. This came back from the SoS in the US and was the ONLY example I could find there in 1700 tables!! If you have a mint or near mint SS NCO's sword, you have to have this knot.
VETERAN SOUVENIRS-3 DIFFERENT THIRD REICH FLAG CENTERS. I was contacted recently by a relative of WW2 soldier who served in the Ox & Bucks Light infantry. He was in the airborne landings on D-Day +1. They had a few of his souvenirs and wondered if they were worth selling. Apparently he just loved to collect flags and the centres of them! He had a lot more than I purchased originally, but these had been lost or given away over the years. These last 3 had been in a cupboard under the stairs. They consist of a large swastika cotton center about 3’ across. A smaller centre about 18” across and another similar sized centre still stitched to the remains of the red cotton flag. Interesting items, good fir a display, or you may have a flag without them.
VOLKSSTURM COTTON ARMBAND. A perfect example of a Deutschland VOLKSSTURM Wehrmacht armband. Issued and worn in the last year of the war by pressganged civilian ‘volunteers’ who ended up fighting with the army and SS units protecting their towns and cities.( I have included a picture of them wearing the armband) A one piece printed armband they are all very utilitarian in construction and were quickly and cheaply produced in their many, many thousands. Once very common, these armbands in good condition have become more scarce. This is a very clean example.
WONDERFUL ALCOSO 9" MINIATURE HUNTING CUTLASS. As many of you know I have been a long time collector of miniature daggers, have been lucky enough to own some beauties. ALCOSO produced, in my opinion, the best quality ones available. Their detail is amazing and they are the largest sized miniatures produced. They only really made 6 examples, Army, navy, 2nd Luftwaffe, Luftwaffe sword, Hunting Association and a RAD officer. The two versions which are hardly ever encountered, are the navy miniature and the Hunting Association dagger. I was pleased to buy this Hunting Association miniature recently, and it's a super, untouched piece. It's an exact miniature copy of the very rare full sized Hunting Association dagger made by the same company. So if you are lucky enough to own a full sized one, here is the perfect compliment to it. Overall length is approx. 9". Exquisite detail to all the parts. Perfect stag grip with oak leaf pommel and tiny acorn as the pommel nut (same as the large one). Clamshell depicts a resting stag with antlers and his doe beside him in a forest clearing! You can SEE the detail in casting. Scabbard has nickeled silver fittings which show a little age and patina. Tiny acorn frog lug. Bottom scabbard fitting is ornately decorated and cast with a standing stag! Ornate bottom scabbard button tip. Scabbard is covered in perfect dark green Morocco leather. Blade is a JEM and in stone mint condition. Dark blue felt/velvet blade buffer. ALCOSO scales trademark etched into blade riccasso. Both sides of the blade are deeply etched with perfect hunting and shooting scenes down both sides, again exactly the same as the full-sized version. A miracle of detail and workmanship. A really great miniature, worthy of ANY collection.
WW2 HUNGARIAN 'PARATROOP' DRESS DAGGER WITH STRAPS. As most know, I do, from time to time buy the dress daggers of the German Axis forces. Usually Italian, but I have had a couple of Bulgarian ones recently. This one comes from the HUNGARIAN forces, and although I have done a bit of research on it, I can't find too much about it. The 'standard' Hungarian dress dagger is very similar to this, and I have had a few of them in the past. This is slightly different, as the main crossguard features an additional piece that in the shape of outstretched wings and a parachute surmounted by a grinning scull with crossed swords. Scabbard and grip are the same as the army version, but the blade has a specific etch which mirrors the crossguard with a parachute and scull. Deeply stamped in the riccasso is the makers name MESZAROS LAJOS-BUDAPEST. Above that is the Hungarian flag stamped into the steel and the number 11. This number 11 appears elsewhere on the dagger so it seems each part is also marked 11 to aid assembly. Black ribbed wood grip with an eagle pommel. The quality of the dagger overall is pretty good, but does not match the quality of German daggers. With this dagger are a set of black leather straps with gilded fittings and oakleaf buckles etc. All the fittings on the hangers are German WW2 army, so I have no idea whether these were made at the time, or made up after to go with the dagger. The straps show age and the adjusting eyelets are all covered in green patina. An interesting dagger, displays well.
WW2 KRIEGSFLAG - NICE SIZE BY GERMAN MAKER. Always a popular flag with collectors, this is the last flag I purchased in America. A smaller sized 80cm x 135cm, it comes with the integral rope lanyard stitched into the hem. Along the hem, printed in black ink, are the size and the maker. This one was made by Lonenz Somme & Sohne in Oberkotzou. This is a town in Upper Franconia Bavaria! The colours on this flag are very bright and clear and is made of the very smooth, fine cotton/linen. There are a couple of small areas of damage, either insect or just age. One has been period repaired with a matching red cloth, the other is just left as a 1” approx area. I have shown these on the pictures. Certainly does not detract from the flag and it displays well. Ideal display picece or backdrop/drawer liner. Nice flag