Transitional DLV/1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger w/Retailer’s Mark (#29647)
Transitional DLV/1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger w/Retailer's Mark (#29647)
No maker; Condition: EX+/EX++
No maker. Early nickel-silver hilt fittings show light surface wear/age patina to pommel and crossguard with no damage to the background of the pommel and crossguard gilded swastika inserts. Dark blue leather grip shows light surface wear, but no rips or tears and is complete with triple twisted brass wire wrap. Plated blade measuring 12 ¼” in length grades EX+ showing surface wear/runner marks with a few specks of lifting near the obverse crossguard, but no nicks to cutting edges and is complete with blue leather buffer pad. Reverse upper blade is retailer marked “L.GLADROW GREIFSWALD”. Greifswald is located approximately 160km North of Berlin near the Baltic Sea. Blue leather scabbard without metal base shows light surface wear/minor swelling to leather, but no creases, rips or tears. Dent-free, nickel-silver upper, center, and lower scabbard fittings show light surface wear/age patina and are complete with undamaged retaining staples. The scabbard is personalized with the inscription “O 5519” light scratched on the scabbard throat. The nickel-silver chain hanger featuring 9 upper & 14 lower rings shows light wear/age patina and is complete with early unmarked nickel-silver clip. This pattern scabbard and hanger are pictured and described on page 38 of Exploring The Dress Daggers of the German Luftwaffe by Thomas T. Wittmann. Nice transitional example with retailer mark. EX+/EX++.