Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger (#26861)

Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger (#26861)

Maker: Seated king over SMF Solingen TM. ; Condition: EX+

$1,295.00

Presented for our customers this week is an attractive “all nickel based” 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger. Beginning about 1937, the quality nickel base metal used for the 1st Model Luftwaffe fittings was discontinued. A pot metal base was substituted for most/all fittings. By 1938, lightweight aluminum metal was also used to produce all fittings. Given this time-line early, all nickel produced specimens are, indeed, very uncommon. An excellent example for even the most advanced collectors. 

Seated king over SMF Solingen TM.  Uncleaned nickel-silver hilt fittings show surface wear/age patina to pommel, upper and lower ferrules and crossguard with loss of plating to the background of the pommel and  crossguard swastikas.  Dark blue leather grip shows light wear to the leather with a few small nicks to leather, and is complete with tight, triple-twisted, silver wire wrap. Plated blade grades EX+ showing light surface wear/runner marks with minor gray shadowing and one tiny nick to the left cutting edge but, no lifting or pitting, and is complete with blue leather blade buffer pad.  The blade is not Waffen amt stamped. Blue leather covered scabbard shows wear and age to leather with nicks and an area of missing leather on right edge between the upper and center scabbard fittings. Dent-free, uncleaned, nickel-silver upper, center, and lower scabbard fittings show age patina matching the hilt fittings and are complete with all  five flush-mounted retaining screws present. The nickel-silver chain hanger featuring 9 upper and 14 lower rings with early nickel-silver clip shows light age patina with no damage to the rings or connectors and is complete with an early, unmarked nickel-silver upper clip. EX+ (26861)