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NM- 2nd Model Luftwaffe General's Degen
by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen
with Original Portepee and Storage Bag

With a change to the Officer's dress image in 1937, the Luftwaffe decided to design a new pattern General's degen as well. As the leading manufacturer of Third Reich edged weapons, the firm of Carl Eickhorn was once again given the initial order for the production of this new sword. It was featured in the 1938 Kundendienst as Model "Nr. 1732" with Eickhorn's title "Stichdegen" which translated best describes the degen as a "lightweight, straight-bladed, thrusting sword". The basic design is similar to the 1935 model with the same pommel, D-guard, and reverse folding clam shell. Some of the changes include the addition of a yellow trolon/celluloid grip with a double twist gilt wire rap, and a frosted silver 2nd pattern Luftwaffe eagle in flight mounted on a slightly larger, and folding obverse clam shell...which was exquisitely hand enhanced and finished with a gold gilt. The blade saw some minor changes as well, most significantly was the change to the reverse inscription which now reads "Der Oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe" followed by Göring's facsimile signature which remained the same. The change to the inscription reflected Göring's elevation from Reichs Aviation Minister to the Commander in Chief.

This incredible beauty is an exquisite example and may very well be the finest degen of it's kind known to exist. In fact, my TR edged weapons guru, and the consignor of most of the other edged weapons listed on TRD, was blown away by it's beauty and claimed this is indeed the "mintiest" example he's ever seen. The consignor inherited this sword from his father, so I believe he's primarily responsible for the unbelievably well kept condition. I won't include his name or any personal information here, but I'm sure he'll be more than happy to chat with you if you're serious about purchasing this rare treasure.

The only flaws I was able to find on this piece is a 50% loss to the rhodium finish on the eagle, which is not unusual, some minor wear to the gilt finish where the near mint aluminum portepee is tied, and a tiny patch of discoloration on the reverse blade just below "Göring". This reddish patch looks a bit like rust in my photo, but I can assure you it's just a flaw in the bluing that has probably been there since the sword was manufactured. The leather scabbard is in amazing condition as well with no major wear or damage other than a few tiny nicks in the finish where it has dried out a bit after 70 years of exposure to the air. There's some green corrosion and minor wear under the frog lug on the upper fitting so I'm sure it had a frog at one time, but unfortunately it's long gone. The original wool bag is in amazing condition with no mothing and only a slight musty smell...undoubtedly one of the primary reasons this beauty is in such amazing condition...that and the consignor's exemplary care.
NM Luftwaffe Officer's Sword with Genuine Damascus Steel Blade.

This exquisite and incredibly rare sword was "veteran acquired" by the consignor, who happens to be a dear friend of mine, and my "dagger guru"...and a few other TR edged weapons collector's guru as well I'm sure. He purchased this beauty directly from the capturing vet around 1973, and it's been in his collection ever since. This simple fact makes this sword that much more desirable and valuable... because it's history is known to the consignor and easily traceable. It's never been circulated in what has become a very corrupt and fraudulent collecting community. It's been in the hands of just 3 owners....the Luftwaffe officer who owned it for the least amount of time during the war, the US Veteran who brought it home and treasured it for at least 23 years, and the consignor whose owned it for approximately 35 years. For those of you who can afford to add a treasure like this to your collection, you have to ask yourself how many times you'll get an opportunity like this again. The sword is still at home with the consignor so all you have to do is email or call me and I'll provide the information you'll need to contact him yourself. He'll be more than happy to answer all of your question, provide as much information about it's history as he can, and discuss payment options if you're serious about acquiring a once in a life time Damascus treasure. And yes, it really is in NEAR MINT CONDITION!!!!

The blue leather on the grip and scabbard is near perfect with only a few very slight blemishes. If not for these subtle signs of age, the leather would be rated 100% mint! The seams are still tight and well preserved with no damage or signs of neglect. The grip features an aluminum wire wrap, but the sword and scabbard have nickel fittings with a heavy silver plating, 99% of which is still intact. These features date this sword to a time of production around 1937 when the transitional fittings came into play, and just before they were produced with all aluminum fittings. All four swastikas on the pommel and cross guard retain 99% of the bright gold finish...they're truly stunning. All of the silver plated fittings retain an incredibly rich age patina that bring out the true beauty of this unbelievable sword.

The most obvious and appealing feature is the Damascus blade, which is as near perfect as you could ever hope to find. It's never been polished, cleaned, or tampered with so it retains the original and truly wonderful rich age patina to the carbon mix. It's very rare to see this on true Damascus blades found in this state of preservation. Most dealers clean and even polish their blades to make them more impressive and sellable. Looking at the consignor's photos you'll see that the blade and all of the internal parts are stamped the same, and the tang is marked to the Master Damascus smith Paul Hillmann...who trained Master Smith Carl Wester. Hand assembled and precisely fitted, this sword only goes together one way.

The attached sword hanger is original to the sword and in near mint condition, but the consignor added the belt strap hanger about 30 years ago to make it more complete.

The consignor told me there are only 10 known examples of this sword to have surfaced since the war's end. This sword would be the panicle of anyone's collection bar none!
NM Damascus Luftwaffe Sword with the original leather hanger!

Real Damast Wield pattern blade, incredibly fine construction. The tang is marked Damast and #1 on one side, the other side has a "D" visible with dark black and red rust remnants. This hard and soft carbon mix rust shows it has been there for a very long time. No "age" tampering as we've seen on some of the Damascus for sale these days! Early type blade, 1936-1938, is 28 1/2 inches long and finely smithed small "rosebud and maiden hair" Damascus pattern. The tip has a very small "burr" on it from some minor "filing", you need a loop to see this small imperfection. Possibly period done, it's not "shiny" so certainly wasn't done recently. I can't say enough about this blade, when you hold it- it talks to you and leaves no "speculation" about it's authenticity! The blue leather grip has a darkly tarnished twisted brass wire wrap, alternating single and double "turns" every other "valley", minor wear scuffs but mostly on the rear. The fittings on both the sword and scabbard are heavily silver plated with 99% remaining. The upper scabbard fitting has been rubbed where the original hanger was and the tip has a small ding on the rear. 99% of the gilt remains on the 4 swastikas on the hilt and pommel with minor wear on back from use. The original hanger is still intact, but one loop has been torn off, so it's attached to just one side. The inside of the lower cross guard and grip base are stamped "1", the original upper pommel fittings lost it's stamp in the fitting process. This is all original! The fittings have suffered a "cleaning" but it was very well done and definitely years ago because they are very tarnished again. The left wing of the cross guard has "35" neatly engraved, significance of this # is unknown. This piece is 95% overall and a 100% original period piece. 9 of these are known to exist to date! Very Rare and desirable piece that comes with a letter of authenticity. Chances are slim to ever see another for sale!
E++ 1st Pattern (Nickel) Luftwaffe
Officer's Degen by SMF of Solingen
(Solinger Metallwaffenfabrik Stoeker & Co.)
NM- 2nd Pattern (Aluminum) Luftwaffe
Officer's Degen by F.&A. Helbig

NM- 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger by SMF of Solingen (Solinger MetallwaffenFabrik Stoeker & Co.)

This is a very early 1st model Luftwaffe dagger in pristine condition, an absolute beauty that would be very difficult to upgrade. It still retains all of the original blue leather which remains in near mint condition with no major damage other than a few minor nips. The solid nickel fittings are near mint as well with some faint scratches and dings, a mild tarnish, and 99% of the original heavy plating still intact. The early small link chain shows the most tarnish which is due to exposure. At first glance it appears to be rust, but I can assure you it's not. The links are 100% nickel with an orange colored tarnish that could be removed with a silver polish if desired. The swastikas on the pommel and lower cross guard are brass, but they have turned the same orange color from exposure to humidity. This dagger was found wrapped in the small Kriegsmarine battle flag PC307 listed on my "Miscellaneous and Accoutrements" page. The capturing vet's family said it was stored wrapped in the flag since 1945. The dagger it's self was well covered and protected from humidity, but the chain was exposed so it's covered with an orange colored patina. The blade is still bright with 100% of the polished nickel plating still intact, but there are some very faint scratches from being pulled from the scabbard. Please keep in mind that they're not near as bad as they appear. Minor wear and scratches are very easy to see in my photos because the light beam on my scanner tends to exaggerate the tiniest of flaws. The worst of the wear is right at the SMF logo on the reverse where the blade rubs on the scabbard which has a nice tight fit. If you look at my close up of the logo you'll see a tiny Waffen Amt style eagle just below the factory's location in "SOLINGEN".
NM Damascus 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger.

Exquisite, finely smithed "rosebud and maiden hair" pattern Damascus blade that has never been cleaned and stinks of German cosmoline! One side of the tang is stamped "2" and the other only has the "D" of Damast left, the rest went with the fitting process. Aged black and red rust is present showing it's true age. There are no "tampered" with "parts" that you commonly see these days. This piece "speaks" to you when you hold it, leaving it's authenticity unquestionable. The deep orange trolon (aka celluloid) grip is a feast for the eyes, showing it's original lighter color on both the top and bottom where the fittings have protected it from time. It has a "sponge" wire wrap that is early copper with a heavy 800 silver plate over it, 80% of this plating remains and has turned completely black! The finely hand detailed upper and lower grip fittings are aluminum with a beautiful grey background burnishing. The swastikas on the pommel look to be fired guilt, visible under a tiny scratch in the uncleaned aged patina. The top of the lower cross guard has fine oak leaf hand detailing, and the lower grip ring is heavily silver plated. This matches the early, heavily silver plated scabbard with 99% of the original factory lacquer remaining. The only places worn through are on the back from being worn by it's owner. The lower oak leaf and acorn panels have been beautifully hand enhanced! This piece came out of the woodwork in 1968, it's present owner earned it by shoveling snow and raking leaves for over a 1 year period for an elderly couple. There are quite a few "parts" Damascus daggers out there. This is 100% original and an early 2nd pattern period piece! 99% condition overall! One of those items you've been waiting to see, well here it is, another beauty!
NM 2nd Model Luftwaffe Officer's Dress Dagger by Pumawerk (Lauterjung & Sohn) of Solingen.

This near mint beauty was produced by the "Puma" firm who known as a very RARE maker of the 2nd model Luftwaffe dagger and others. This example features highly detailed WKC style fittings with a "blued" or "airplane gray" finish and gilt swastikas on the dark gray pommel cap. This small firm and others like them were known for buying their parts from major firms like WKC. It's quite normal to see WKC fittings on daggers like this, along with what is referred to as a "generic" style scabbard that we also tend to attribute to the same WKC firm. The matching cross guard and ferrule ring retain 100% of the airplane gray finish and show exquisite detail. The feathers on the eagle's wings and the relief-style oak leaf design on the top of the cross guard arms are recognized as one of the more common WKC designs. The blued finish on the scabbard is a perfect match to the other fittings and remains in near mint condition despite some very minor carbon spotting on the obverse chape (tip). The plated steel shell is in perfect condition with no dents with a standard throat which is retained by two flush head side screws. The darkened fittings set off the light orange solid trolon/celluliod grip which is in perfect condition and sports a bright aluminum, tightly wrapped springy wire. The mirror finished blade is in excellent+ condition with some minor carbon spotting and a few subtle scratches from being handled. The reverse ricasso is etched with the later style Puma trademark which retains all of the original frosting with no signs of polishing. The original reddish/brown leather buffer pad is still intact and tucked neatly into the cast cross guard. Over all an honest example of a rarely seen maker, purchased from the capturing vet's daughter "Mary" who came to me with the SMF(D228) and the unmarked(D235) 2nd model Luftwaffe daggers listed below. Unfortunately their scabbard tips were covered with rust...along with several black wound badges and a pile of tinnies that were basically a wad of rusted metal in the bottom of her father's wooden chest. FortunatelY this treasure and an Eickhorn RZM etched SA dagger sporting an optional "Oak Leaf Motif" scabbard for an SS Honor Dagger were spared and suffer no damage other than the carbon spotting referred to in my description. The SS scabbard was sold separately for obvious reasons, so I'm seeking a painted scabbard with plated fittings for the SA dagger before listing it. After discussing this with Mary and Bruce Petrin, we came to the conclusion that Mary's father must have picked these daggers up at a "depot" or dump site for confiscated weapons.
E+ 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger F.W. Höller D342
E- 3 piece Luftwaffe Carving Set by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen.

This set is a rare find indeed. A bit worn, but beautiful non the less and an awesome edition to any Luftwaffe dagger collection. All 3 pieces are stainless steel with beautifully aged solid trolon (aka celluloid) grips and nickel fittings. The pommel caps resemble dagger grip rings trimmed with oak leaves while the hilt fittings are stamped with a floral pattern. The service fork is near mint with no damage other than a few age spots on the grip. The steel shows a bit more wear with several small chips in the grip. The knife shows the most wear and appears to have been repaired. The grip has one chip on the reverse and doesn't sit tight in the lower fitting. The blade shows a lot of use, but it's still fairly sharp with a couple dings near the ricasso. The Eickhorn trade mark squirrel is stamped into the blade on the reverse. It's so worn you can barely see it, but if you look hard you can see the outline of his tail and a few letters in "SOLINGEN"
NM Luftwaffe Paratrooper Gravity Knife
by SMF of Solingen
(Solinger MetallwaffenFabrik)

This is an amazing example in near mint condition with nickel plated hardware throughout. The blade activation lever functions perfectly and is stamped "959" in 2 places. The marlin spike is marked with a Waffen Amt stamp....a tiny and somewhat abstract National Eagle with a "5" in the center of his chest. The medium/light brown wood grip plates are near perfect with no damage other than subtle depressions and faint scratches from being handled. The blade is absolutely pristine with no signs of use with all of the cross graining intact. The SMF "seated king" trademark, "SOLINGEN", the city where the factory was located, and "ROSTFREI" (stainless steel) are crisply etched into the reverse with all of the gray frosting intact.
E DLV-Deutscher Luftsport Verband (German Air-sport Association) Dagger.

This is a very clean starter piece with nickle plated dagger and scabbard fittings. The lower cross guard has been repaired. One of the swaz roundels was re-soldered and the other has a very minor ding. The lower beauty ring is cracked, unfortunately all the leather has been replaced very professionally though! The rare belt loop is still attached, The blade shows minor buffing but still has 75% of the cross graining with 2 tiny rust dots. There's a nice DLV winged motto stamp on the throat of the scabbard and a "K" stamp on one end of the lower cross guard. The re-furbish job is very high quality and has made this a very attractive dagger. Priced right and well worth it!
E++ Hungarian M-32 Air Force Officer's Dagger.

I can't put into words how finely detailed this piece is. The dagger fittings are cast from brass with beautifully hand carved/engraved detail. The eagle head pommel cap faces left as does the lower cross guard eagle which has a full wing spread entwined with the cross guard with turned quillion ends. The hand fluted ebony wood grip is perfect. The blade is marked "22" with the Hungarian National Shield and maker "Meszaros Lajos Budapest" The underside of the cross guard is stamped "22", and the scabbard throat "44" with another national shield on the face. Nice WWII period dagger!!
E+ Kreigsmarine Presentation Sword by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen.

As Eickhorn's "Flagship Naval Sword" (model # 1670), this rare beauty features an artificial Damascus blade, a genuine ivory grip, and raised gold and blued panel overlays. As you review my photos please keep in mind how difficult it is to photograph a 3 foot sword with so much detail. I did my best to give you an accurate representation, but I have to admit that my pictures don't do it justice. This is one of those pieces that you have to hold before you can truly appreciate it's beauty. There is some very minor damage due to it's age, but what do you expect from a 65+ year old sword that has yet to fall into the hands of one of the big dagger dealers who would destroy it's character by restoring it....and for what purpose? So they can jack up the price so no honest Joe collector could possibly afford it. The consignor of this beauty has offered some incredible Damascus blades on The Third Reich Depot in the past, but this one tops them all.

The blade is truly breath taking and still in near mint condition despite the natural age that we expect to see on true pattern weld, and artificial damast blades. It features a medium to large rosebud format with a fine maidenhair pattern running along the spine. The detail is still strong and crisp despite some minor age issues and some very tiny spots of rust...evidence of natural aging that can't be faked.
The overlay panel designs are Eickhorn's standard format seen on most of their etched Naval blades. However, these are "overlays" that have been applied directly to the blade rather than being etched into the surface. This process required a great deal of extra cost due to the countless hours of labor and hands-on craftsmanship. The overlay design was done with a pale brass/gold finish as all pre 1945 German swords and daggers with this type of embelishment should have...not to be confused with the bright yellow "Rolex" gold color we so often see on countless refurbished SS and SA Honor Dagger blades as well as the fakes that have recently flooded the market. Dagger fakers have mastered many construction techniques, but they will never be able to recreate finishes like this with 100% accuracy.
The front panel features a flower motif framing a banner that reads "FESTEN MUTH IN STURM UND GEFAHR" which translates: "FIRM COURAGE IN STORM AND DANGER". Below this is a National eagle with down turned wings and a swastika in his talons superimposed over a large anchor. This is the only style eagle known to have been used on Third Reich period Naval swords. Both panels feature an old style battleship at the base, with masts and steam rising from the stacks. On the reverse panel you'll see a similar flower motif with "In Dankbarkeit und Treue Die Kreigsmarine" in the center which translates: In Gratitude and Loyalty, The Navy." Below the panel on the reverse is a very crisp 1935 style Eickhorn squirrel with "ORIGINAL" above and "EICKHORN SOLINGEN" below. This too is an overlay that was applied to the blade at the buyer's request and expense. That's was not free. If you wanted the Eickhorn squirrel on you're damast sword, you had to pay for it yourself.
The hilt is truly my favorite feature. It sports a genuine ivory grip with a 3 strand, double twist wire wrap...that the consignor claims is the best he's ever seen. After 65+ years the ivory has turned to a warm cream color with golden striations caused by hand oils that have been absorbed into the porous material. There are several natural age lines as well, which are common to natural materials like ivory and wood. The ivory actually shrunk a tiny bit, but you have to expect this with 65+ year old natural materials. (Keep this in mind next time a "dagger expert" tells you the SS dagger you're about to purchase from another dealer is a fake because the grip doesn't fit snug with in the he tries to convince you to buy his mint and "unissued" beauty instead....and for only a few hundred dollars more!!) If you look closely at my photos you'll notice some of the wire wrap has broken away. This is a very common side effect seen on original edged weapons with wood and ivory grips. As natural and man made materials age, they tend to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. In a cold dry winter ivory will actually shrink a little, creating surface cracks and stress on the aging and brittle brass wire wrap as it looses it's support from underneath. In the heat and humidity of summer, ivory will expand or swell, adding even more stress to its self and the aging brass wire wrap. As the years of expansion and contraction break down the integrity of the materials, they begin to crack and even break, as is the case with some of the wires on this grip. This is a natural phenomenon that can controlled, but only if the piece is stored in a controlled environment most of it's again, keep this in mind when ever you examine historical artifacts that show no signs of age what so ever. So in other words..."always buy mint" isn't always the best advice...especially when you're dealing with items that are easily reproduced.
The cast brass hilt is incredible with hand enhanced details on the lion's mane, the D guard, the folding guard, and the ferrule ring. The lion features a red eye on the left, and a green eye on the right...more "extra cost" features that really add to the overall look of this exquisite piece. 75% of the fired gilt finish is still intact with traces of clear lacquer clinging to the areas protected from wear. Looking at my photos you'll see a lot of green material in the recessed areas. This is a natural occurrence with copper based metals like brass. It could be cleaned away restoring the material to it's natural color, but in cases like this I prefer to leave it in "as is" condition as it adds to the overall beauty of the naturally aging material.
And finally, the original leather scabbard is in unbelievable condition considering it's age with no major damage, but the upper fitting is slightly loose after years of use. The leather is a little dry showing minor age ravages to it's outer surface, but it's all there and has been well maintained with minimal cracking and most of the black finish intact. The leather has naturally contoured its self to match the curve of the blade, proof that it is the original leather that has been protecting the blade since day 1. The upper half of the scabbard interior is lined with brass runners while the exterior is fitted with 3 fire gilt brass fittings that retain 75% of the original gold finish, and 60% of the protective lacquer over coat. Each piece features a simple design with some hand enhanced stippling inside the designs at the base of the drag.

Over all, this is with out any doubt, the finest piece of steel ever offered at the Depot. An honest piece, with honest wear, and minimal age issues. This is the "real deal" so if you're looking for something that's been refurbished, perhaps you should spend your money else where. Please note the buffer pad is not original to the sword and was put there by the consignor to protect the hilt and scabbard throat. If you want a leather pad you can purchase a nice post war example from Thomas Johnson for about $10.00.
NM- Kriegsmarine Dagger by WKC.

This is an exquisite textbook mid period Navy Dagger with a few options that were extra cost items. The consignor purchased this piece from the estate of deceased WWII Veteran Sheldon Campbell. The Pommel and cross guard still retain 98% of the original gold finish with outstanding crisp detail. The only visible wear is found on the eagle's outer wing where a beautiful mild plum patina has formed. The trolon (aka celluloid) grip is magnificent with a burnt-orange patina and a perfect double gold wire wrap which retains all of it's finish, the correct gauge wire for a WKC dagger. The grip has a tiny chip at the top where the wire starts, a couple of short hair line cracks on either side, and a few minor chips on the back, the color below has darkened significantly indicating that they have been there for a very long time. Over all the grip is still in excellent condition and a real beauty. The mid period WKC leather washer is still intact although shrunken, making the spring release button stiff in it's action, typical of an authentic, un-altered veteran found Navy dagger that hasn't been restored. The lightening bolt style scabbard retains 98% of it's rich gold finish with a superb deeply aged patina that just can't be duplicated by the fakers. An added cost extra to the scabbard can be seen on the mid period production high off the surface fittings with straight sides. There are little oak leaves carved into the fittings at the rings, quite rare for a WKC, 99% of them were just standard daggers with no extra embellishments. Overall the scabbard is near mint with mild wear on the backside and again that same mild plum patina as seen on the dagger fittings. The double etched blade is just shy of mint. The tip has a very minor bend/twist that is barely noticeable but we felt we should mention it. The consignor could have fixed it, but felt it was best to leave it this way since this was the condition it was in when he received it. The burnishing in the etched panels is still 99% with very crisp detail, and the nickel plating is retains a perfect mirror finish. Over all a rare and untouched treasure in awesome condition coming from the consignor who purchased it directly from the vet who brought it home.
E+ 2nd Model Kriegsmarine Officer's Dagger with Double Etched Blade by W.K.C. (Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co.) Waffenfabrik of Solingen-Wald.

This is a beautiful untouched example of an early period W.K.C. Naval Dagger, complete with the original portapee and hangers. The solid brass dagger fittings on this piece are textbook W.K.C. with approximately 80% of the fired gold gilding intact. The brass scabbard is typical W.K.C. as well, with thicker oak leaf bands and a motif that starts lower on the throat than Eickhorn's or Höller's "lightening bolt" scabbards. It's straight and dent free with no damage other than wear, but 30% of the protective lacquer has either flaked off or lifted an turned so the brass appears almost silver in my scans. The blade is in near mint condition despite some very minor scratches and faint carbon spotting on both sides of the ricasso. The etched panels feature the "fouled anchor" motif with all of the frosting intact, but there are some faint dark spots along the edge on the reverse. These spots look much worse in my scans because the light beam tends to exaggerate tiny flaw like this. You'll need a jeweler's loop to see them since they're very difficult to see with a naked eye. The off-white celluloid over wood grip is in pristine condition with no damage or cracks, just some soil under the tightly wrapped double twist brass wire and aluminum portapee. The hangers are the nicest I've seen in some time. Complete with all of their original aluminum hardware with 90% of the gold wash intact.

It's rare to find a German Naval dagger in this condition, and even more unusual to see one that still sports it's original accoutrements. You'll have a very difficult time finding another example at this price, and will you'll probably have to pay a lot more if you try to piece one together yourself.
M- Damascus Wehrmacht Officer's Dress Dagger with Genuine Ivory Grip.

This is with out any doubt the finest piece of damast steel ever offered at the Third Reich Depot...or and other dealership for that matter. In fact, the consignor proclaims this to be by far the best dagger of it's type yet to surface. Other than some natural age patina and very minor wear to the accoutrements...which we expect to see, this beauty is as close as you can get to STONE COLD MINT. It's in "untouched" condition having never been cleaned or tampered with, purchased with the original accoutrements in Raliegh NC from the estate of former US Army Officer George Smith.
Complete with the original near mint hangers, and portepee, this beauty features heavily plated silver type 2 Eickhorn fittings with hand enhancements and a consistent age patina from the top of the pommel cap to the scabbard chape. The grip is mint- with the correct ivory grip profile, and carved from the most incredible piece of ivory I've ever seen. Unfortunately my scans don't do it justice so you'll just have to believe me when I tell you it has plenty of color and intense graining with no age cracks or damage...guaranteed!
The blade is stone cold mint and a sight to behold in it's self. An absolute masterpiece of German craftsmanship, it's never been cleaned, re-dipped, or tampered with in any way. In fact, it still reeks of German cosmoline, a product that hasn't been made in Germany since the 1940's. The pre 1945 wield damast is the exact same pattern as those pictured in Wittmann's Army and Luftwaffe reference guides. The early tapered tang is stamped "DAMAST" on the obverse and "CW 1" on the reverse. Both markings are a little faint having been slightly ground off during fitting to the grip and cross guard.
The consignor has given me a little room to negotiate price on this piece so I'll consider authentic items as a partial trade to cover my commission, and I'll discuss what I feel are reasonable offers and or trades with the consignor.
E++ Damascus Wehrmacht Officer's Dress Dagger.

This is a beautiful piece with type 2 Eickhorn style fittings and scabbard. The cross guard and pommel have incredible hand enhanced detail with a thick silver plating that is nearly black from age. The deep orange grip is nearly perfect with minor age crazing. The original portapee is still there as well as the original hangers. The bullion straps are a little worn and about 70% of the silver wash remains on the silver fittings. The wear is consistent with the dagger/scabbard wear. The blade is just astonishing! Fine maiden hair and rosebud pattern with the best "flow" down the entire length I think I have ever seen. I love real Damascus and have quite a few pieces myself. This one takes the cake! The silver scabbard is straight with no blemishes and has turned the same patina as the fittings. The top of the throat is the original untarnished silver color as the day it was made. The tang has a "D" "A" and "T" visible but the other letters are very faint. The hard 60+ year old rust covers them. This is all original never screwed with by those "Parts" guys!!
E++ Personalized Double Etched Wehrmacht Officer's Dress Dagger with Deluxe Hangers by Emil Trademark.

This is an early example with all of the typical Voos characteristics including a lower panel to allow room for the trade mark and a double line at the top. (see pages 134 and 135 of Thomas Wittmann's "Exploring the Dress Daggers of the German Army" for specifics, or his web site for an identical example.) It's fitted with an early type "A" cross guard and pommel cap which is common for all of the double etched blades with and with out the Voos trade mark. They're both cast from a non magnetic alloy with a heavy silvered plating and minimal wear. The cross guard is personalized with the owner's monogram "EB" hand etched on the reverse. The plating is beginning to bubble a little around the quillion ends, but it's 100% intact with no flaking. The ferrule ring is plated steel with some very minor flaking on the reverse. The steel scabbard is straight and dent free with a single set screw on the obverse at the scabbard throat which is a bit unusual. The generic scabbard it's self is typical of the double etched Voos, but the flush set screw should be on the reverse so the bands were obviously installed backwards. This is nothing to be concerned about, just a minor mistake that reminds us that they were assembled by human beings who were capable of making minor mistakes like this. The near mint blade is straight with a bright plating and all of the etch frosting intact. No damage to speak of but there are some very minor runner marks visible at the tip. The solid celluloid type "B" grip is absolutely stunning with no damage. It's slightly lighter at the base and aged to deep rust color adding more depth to the grooves.
The deluxe hangers show the most wear with some fraying to the aluminum wire on the lower strap. The fittings are cast from dark gray alloy with oak leaf patterns on each and a thin silver plating, most of which has flaked away. The upper box clip is stamped "D.R.G.M." as are the swivel tops which are stamped from a magnetic sheet metal with slightly rusted steel rivets. These double etched Army daggers are getting very scarce as the values continue to rise so if you've been hunting for a near mint example at a fair price here's your chance.
NM+ Wehrmacht Officer's Dagger with Portapee by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen.

The wearing of a uniform dress degen by German Army officers was a tradition that dated back to the Weimar Republic, and was carried on well into the Third Reich period. The Third Reich officer's degen as seen here was designed by artist Paul Casberg of Berlin, and was officially approved for wear on 4.5.1935. Hitler introduced the newly designed degen as a means to curry favor, and to build morale with in the German Army. It was presented as an optional side arm for walking out dress, while the sword or saber was retained for more formal occasions. Regulations discontinued production in May of 1943, and further wear was officially prohibited by order on 5.9.1944. On 23.12.1944 an additional regulation replaced the dress degen with a pistol, which was to be worn by all officer ranks.

This is quite possibly the most incredible example of a mid period Eickhorn Army dagger that I've ever seen or had the pleasure to offer here at the Depot. The Eickhorn firm produced more Army daggers than any other manufacturer, and was well known for their superb quality. Even late in the war when they had to settle for unplated pot metal, their workmanship out classed all others. This is a rarely seen beauty that will be next to impossible to upgrade, unless you're lucky enough to find one with a stone mint blade. Take a look at my scans and see for yourself, the only flaw is a small spot to the left of the Eickhorn logo that I believe has been there since the day it was etched. The semi circle spot at the left edge of the blade appears to be etched into the surface so I think the emulsion was thin or non existent in that area. There is some very subtle carbon spotting through out the surface of the blade, but that's to be expected. After all, it's 65 to 70 year old carbon steel so this is nothing more than evidence of it's age. All of the cross graining is visible, and Eickhorn's etched squirrel with sword trade mark (circa 1935-41) is still crisp with all of the charcoal colored frosting intact, proof that it's never been polished or tampered with. The "type C" solid trolon (aka celluloid) grip is perfect with a rich burnt orange color that has darkened in the groves adding more depth to the spiral design. The 2nd pattern silver plated fittings are absolutely beautiful. The pommel, ferrule ring, and cross guard literally glow with most of the original dark gray burnished finish intact and a mild tarnish that adds depth to the intricate details of the eagle's feathers and oak leaves on all of the fittings. The silver plated steel scabbard is near perfect, straight and dent free with no damage other than some minor wear on either side of the 2nd pattern scabbard bands...obviously caused by the suspension rings rubbing against the plating. The bright silver (aluminum) wire portapee is near perfect, correctly tied with no noticeable damage or wear.
E++ Wehrmacht Officer's Sword by the Carl Eickhorn firm.

This is a fine example of the rare #1695 model with the original portapee, this sword is a textbook example that remains untouched by the collecting community in the same condition it was in when it was first brought home by the capturing vet. The aluminum hilt is anodized with a gold wash that remains 95% intact with minor wear and remnants of the original lacquer clear coat. The underside of the cross guard features the correct "GES. GESCH." stamping set into the casting. Ges.Gesch is short for "Gesetzlich Geschützt" which translates "legally protected" in the design is protected by law, or as some prefer..."patent pending". The red glass eyes are both original to the piece and still bright. Correctly tied around the hilt is the original Officer's portapee. It is very obvious that this knot has been tied to the sword since day 1. Plenty of wear in all the right places with very minor age cracking to the green leather and just a few broken wires in the borders. The Knot it's self is in beautiful condition with a spongy wire "cat's anus." The black enamel scabbard is dent free with minor age spidering with subtle thin flaking that show very faint rust. The blade is awesome! Near mint with a bright mirrored finish and the correct 1935 style Eickhorn trademarked stamped under the hilt. Overall a perfect example of a rare model sword by the highly collectable Eickhorn firm.
E++ Wehrmacht Officer's Dove's Head Sword by WK&C (Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co.) of Solingen-Wald, Model 1058.

This late period Army Officer's sword is listed in WKC's catalogue as model 1058 and considered a rare variation. The consignor purchased this beauty in North Carolina at the estate sale of US Veteran Carl Johnston. The aluminum hilt is in excellent++ to near mint condition and well preserved with 95% of it's anodized gold finish intact. The blade is outstanding with a bright mirror finish and faint scratches near the tip from being run in and out of the scabbard. The steel scabbard is straight and dent free with 80% of the period applied, lead base, black enamel paint intact. There's substantial age crazing through out which has caused some of the enamel to crack and flake away. There's some very light surface rust on most of the bare metal, but it's turned a dark brown with age and doesn't affect the overall value. This veteran acquired beauty has never been cleaned, tampered with, or circulated through the collecting community.
E++ Heer Officer's "Dove Head" Sword
By Pumawerk of Solingen with
Troddle and Hanger. Model No.3

Aluminum Hilt. Stamped "No.3" on
the obverse ricasso, not pictured.
E WWI-WWII NCO Dove's Head Sword by Richard A. Herder of Solingen.

The steel hilt retains 98% of the nickle plating with some minor wear from use. There's a 2cm crack in the black cellulose shell of the grip exposing the wooden chore below, but the 4 strand silver wire wrap is intact and undamaged. The blade still has a bright mirror finish with typical scratches from being pulled from the scabbard, but there's evidence of hammering 7 inches from the tip where it was slightly bent and reworked. The steel scabbard is straight and nearly dent free with one very shallow dimple 7 inches below the hanger. The black enamel paint is 90% intact with typical crazing from age and moderate wear from being carried.
E- Triple Etched Imperial Prussian Officer's Calvary Sword by WK&C (Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co.), Model 1889.

Triple etched with blued panels, the blade on this rarely seen sword is absolutely beautiful, and in excellent condition despite moderate wear and damage to the rest of the sword. The obverse blade reads "Ulan. Rgt.Graf Haeseler (2. Brand) Nr. 11" (Ulanen Regiment Count Haeseler 2nd Brandenburgisches Number 11). This Calvary Regiment was with the XXI Armee Korps (Army Corps) AKA 42.Kav.-Brig./7.Kav.-Div./7.Armee. The 42nd division began WWI on the Western Front fighting in the "Battle of the Frontiers" and then in the "Race to the Sea".

The reverse blade features a blued panel with a portrait of Haeseler in the center and "Dur Erinnerung" and "an meine Dienstzeit" (in memory of my service) on either side. The brass(?) hilt retains most of the nickel plating and half of the protective lacquer finish so it looks beautiful with some green tarnish in the recesses. Unfortunately the steel pommel and nut didn't fair as well so both are bare with a darkened surface rust. The dark brown bakelite grip has a large chunk missing at the base of the reverse, but it's still tight inside the hilt and fully functional. The steel scabbard is straight and nearly dent free with a 1cm dimple on the reverse near the center. Most of the original black enamel is still intact with the majority of the wear to the drag, but it was repainted with a thick lead based paint so there's brush marks about half way down. The scabbard throat is still intact, but the screws are missing, as are the interior brass tension bands which were crudely pried off of the oval throat fitting. The throat fitting could affixed with an adhesive or solder, but I'll leave that decision up to the buyer.
E- Saxon Calvary Basket Hilt Sword
By Carl Eickhorn of Solingen.
E- SA Partial Ground and Tipped Röhm Dagger by Eickhorn.

Recruiting most of it's members from various Freikorps (Free Corps) groups, which were comprised of mostly disgruntled veterans of WWI, the SA "SturmAbteilung" (Storm Troops or Storm/Assault Detachment) organization was formed in 1921 as a protective guard for the political leaders of the newly organized NSDAP "NationalSozialistische Deutsche ArbeiterPartie (National Socialist German Worker's Party). Introduced on 13.12.1933, the SA M33 (Model 1933) was the first dagger officially sanctioned by the NSDAP. Originally intended as an ornamental side arm, this unique dagger was designed after the 16th Century Swiss "Holbein" hunting degen. The first M33's produced featured solid nickel fittings and oxidized (aka anodized) scabbards, but high production costs forced manufacturers to settle for cheaper plated fittings and painted scabbards. It's been said that all post 1934 "RZM pattern" daggers should have these cheaper features, but this theory has proven to be nothing more than that...a theory. Post 1934 manufactured M33's are often referred to as "RZM pattern" daggers because they were produced after the RZM was founded in June of 1934. Some of the functions of the RZM or ReichZeugMeisterei (National Equipment Quartermaster) included contracting manufacturers and assigning them an RZM number, approving designs submitted by contracted manufacturers, quality control, standardization, and distribution.

This is another very desirable dagger with only Röhm's name filed away. The vet also snapped the tip on this one, but it was later re-tipped and now measures a little over 9 inches. The blade is in fair condition and suffers from exposure to moisture with corrosion tracks and carbon spotting through out. It was cleaned up and possibly polished a bit, but this was done very well with most of the original frosting still intact in both the inscription and motto. The reverse features the early small Eickhorn squirrel in a double oval and all of the inscription except for "Röhm" which was removed cleanly with no filing marks or damage to the Eickhorn trade mark. The walnut grip is still in excellent condition with one minor hairline crack at the bottom on the obverse with a perfect silver eagle and SA button. The nickel cross guards are near mint with "H" and "E" stamped on both interiors and a "Ho" Gau stamp on the reverse lower guard. The anodized scabbard still retains 80% of the original finish despite some deep rust pockets on the obverse from exposure to moisture...consistent with that seen on the blade. The nickel scabbard fittings are in excellent condition with a minor dent on the bottom of the ball with only minor scratches and untouched domed set of which is missing. Another nice example of a rarely seen SA dagger.
E SA Dagger by VERY RARE Maker Beien(?) with small Bulldog Trademark.

I searched every reference book and internet site at my disposal looking for this trademark and only found one unreliable source who claims a "high probability" that it belonged to the Beien firm. Looking further I made a discovery that adds even more intrigue to this piece...The "Ho" Gau or District stamp on the far right side of the reverse cross guard tells us that this dagger was produced in the Hochland District which was in the "Highlands" of upper Bavaria & Schwabia...not far from the Austrian border and home to the "SA Gruppe Hochland." According to an SA dagger collector who was kind enough to share his knowledge, there were about 16 different makers of SA daggers is this region...but Beien is not noted as being one of them. He said "never say never" but until I get more proof I think the jury is still out on this one. Any additional information on this trademark or the Beien firm would be greatly appreciated.
I purchased this piece from an old grizzled biker named Chester who got my card from an antique mall near Denver. He claimed his father gave it to him when he was a boy. Unfortunately he played with it, but the damage is minimal and due to neglect rather than abuse. The condition is surprisingly good despite it's last 60 year history. When I first saw it, it was very dirty and the scabbard fittings were covered with green corrosion...typical of nickel plated brass. When I pulled it from the steel scabbard I was surprised to discover the blade was covered in cosmoline and still in excellent- condition with minor corrosion and most of the cross graining still visible. It obviously suffered from exposure to humidity so I carefully cleaned the corrosion off with gun oil then a silver polishing cloth. You can still see the cross graining but there are some subtle scratches and spotting on both sides. Normally I won't clean a dagger and leave this task to the buyer, but I could tell there was a rare beauty hidden below the crud so I decided to clean it to prevent further damage....and so we could all see what was hidden below. Amazingly, the red mahogany grip is in excellent++ condition with a hair line crack on the reverse, a few subtle dings, and a very small chip on the reverse just under the upper cross guard on the left...nothing major. The SA button and grip eagle are in near mint condition, both showing some green crud (cleaned off) from the brass or copper base. The button appears to be nickel plated while the eagle is silver. The cross guards are cast from a zinc alloy with a nickel plate while the scabbard fittings are brass with a nickel plate. The scabbard retains 99% of the brown oxidized ("anodized") finish, but only 10% of the protective lacquer coating has survived the years. The shell is straight and virtually dent free with one very small blemish/dimple on the obverse, on the left side at the center. Overall, it's a little salty but the rarity more than makes up for it's history following the least it hasn't been tampered with or "restored." I added some more detailed photos so you can see be sure to wait for the entire page to load.
E++ Early NSKK Dagger by Hammesfahr Cie of Solingen (rarely seen diver logo).

This is a beautiful example Hammesfahr's pre RZM (pre October 1934) model dagger with nickel fittings and an "S" (Schlesien) district stamp on the reverse of the lower cross guard. The blade is in near mint- condition with no damage or wear other than typical runner marks and some very minor surface scratches from being handled. All of the cross graining is clearly visible, and the "Alles Für Deutschland" (All for Germany) motto is still crisp with all of the frosting intact. The Hammesfahr logo is just as crisp featuring a laid out diver inside a curved rectangular box with "HAMMESFAHR CIE." across the top and the factory's location in "SOLINGEN" Germany across the bottom. The cherry(?) grip is in near mint condition with a few shallow dents on the reverse, a beautiful nickel eagle, and a slightly worn SA button. Unfortunately there's a small chip in the enamel on the right side, but the base metal has developed a wonderful golden patina so it's beautiful despite this tiny flaw. The black scabbard appears to have been repainted by the factory or perhaps it's owner. It was common for SA scabbards to be repainted black to suit the needs of the NSKK. The shell is still straight and rust free, but there are a couple dents on the left side and the ball is slightly flattened with multiple dings through out the surface of the lower fitting. The upper fitting is in excellent condition with some minor scratches, but the suspension ring has been reattached with a lead solder and one of the throat screws is missing.
NM TeNo Subordinate Hewer by Eickhorn of Solingen with Leather Frog and Hanger by F.W. Assmann & Sohne

Matching serial numbers "9673" on the blade and scabbard throat.
E++ RAD Officer's Dagger with early silver fittings.

This is a beautiful, uncleaned example of this type dagger. The fittings are heavily nickle plated with 99% remaining and very minor "lifting/bubbling". They are almost black, hard to tell the factory burnishing from the tarnish, very attractive. The white grip plates show some minor age discoloration but no cracks which are common with these. The grip plate screw appears to be untouched! The unmarked blade is very nice with faint age graying and freckling starting about half way down. The Rad motto is crisp with 99+% of the background frosting remaining. The silver plated scabbard has 95% remaining and 90% of its original factory lacquer. The throat fitting is retained by 2 screws that appear untouched. This just came out of the woodwork and hasn't had time to be "tampered" with. Hard to find in this "untouched" condition!
E RAD-Reichsarbeitsdienst (National Labor Service) Subordinate's Hewer with etched "MR" Monogram by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen.

The beginnings of the RAD dates back to as early as 1929 with the formation of the AAD "Anhalt Arbeits Dienst" (Support Labor Service) and the FAD-B "Freiwillingen Arbeits Dienst-Bayern" (Volunteer Labor Service-Bavaria). With Hitler's appointment to Chancellor in 1933, these and several other labor organizations were consolidated to form one National Labor Service...the NSAD "NationalSozialist ArbeitsDients" (National Socialist Labor Service) which was redesignated RAD in June of 1935. By July of that same year, the RAD became compulsory, with all German citizens between the ages of 19 and 25 required to enlist for a 6 month term, and all military conscripts required to serve a 9 month term. The first RAD sidearm, "Unterführer Haumesser des RAD" (Subordinate Hewer for RAD) was originally introduced in 1934 for wear by the ranks of Truppführer (Corporal) and above. This changed in 1937 with the introduction of the RAD Leader's Dagger which was designed for wear by the ranks of Feldmeister (2nd Lieutenant) and which time the Subordinate Hewer was worn only by Unterführen ranks...EM and NCOs.

The well used blade on this beauty is etched with Eickhorn's small twin oval trademark under the RAD triangle and "GES. GESCH." Ges.Gesch is short for "Gesetzlich Geschützt" which translates "legally protected" in the design is protected by law, or as some prefer..."patent pending".The blade was crudely sharpened, but it remains in "as found" condition and has never been tampered with since the war.These hewers were used by the German labor force as tools rather than weapons so it's common to see abuse on the blade and the back of the hilt which was often used like a hammer. It features silver plated fittings with a beautiful art deco "MR" monogram on the hilt, and an extremely heavy, almost black tarnish, all of which was left intact with no attempt at cleaning. The steel scabbard is straight and dent free with 75% of the original black enamel finish intact. The silver plated scabbard fittings are in excellent++ condition with no major damage, just a deep tarnished patina that makes this piece that much more beautiful and desirable.
NM- DRK-Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross) Subordinate's Hewer (Seitengewehr) with Frog, no maker. D251
E Hitler Youth Leader's Dagger
By E. F. Hörster, etched "M7/36"
Untouched, and in "as found" condition.
E++ Early Hitler Youth Camp Knife with Motto
by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen.

The Hitler Youth knife was actually the first edged weapon/side arm to be officially sanctioned by the NSDAP when it was introduced in 1933. It was originally designed for wear by all ranks until the HJ leader's dagger (HJ Führerdolch) was introduced in 1937 for the rank of Gefolgschaftsführer and above. The earliest HJ knives had "Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!) done in a facsimile of HJ Reichsjugendführer Baldur von Schirach's hand writing acid etched into the blade, but this practice was discontinued in August of 1938. Established in 1865, Eickhorn was the largest producer of Third Reich era edged weapons. The numerous and diverse squirrel trademarks are synonymous to this day with the highest quality manufacture of pre, period, and even post war edged weapons and cutlery.

This early camp knife features one of Eickhorn's small double oval trade marks stamped high on the reverse blade as it should be. This trade mark is circa 1933/34 according to my research so this knife would be one of Eickhorn's earliest examples. The "Blut und Ehre!" (Blood and Honor) motto is deeply etched into the obverse blade. Both sides show some very minor carbon spotting and subtle scratches from being cleaned with an abrasive. I'm sure they could be rubbed out with some semi-chrome or something similar, but all of the cross graining is still intact so I decided not to mess with it for fear of making a minor issue that much worse. The black bakelite grips plates are in near mint condition except for what appears to be some very old buffing compound in the grooves. This is something that can easily be cleaned away with a tooth brush, but I prefer to leave my veteran acquired pieces in "as is" condition unless I feel more damage will be done if not properly dealt with. The HJ grip emblem is near perfect and wiggles back and forth as it should, but it has a small flaw on the left side of the lower red section. It appears as though the transparent enamel lifted just a bit along that edge, but there's no crack and all of the enamel is 100% intact. The steel scabbard is in excellent condition with no dents or major damage. 85% of the black enamel is still intact with typical wear at the tip and subtle age spidering through out.
E DJ- Deutsche Jägerschaft Hirschfänger
(German Hunting Association)
Alexander Coppel Stahlwaren und Waffenfabrik of Solingen.
E+ German Hunting/Shooting Association triple etched Dagger.

This is truly a beautiful piece of history. The dagger and scabbard fittings are solid silver with beautiful fluted clamshell. The upper scabbard fitting and lower dagger cross guard are both stamped "66" The blade is 19 1/4 inches long and has 90% of the original background frosting remaining in the etched panels. The red deer stag grip shows wear but is beautiful and fitted perfectly. It has 3 solid silver acorns pinned correctly. This one even has the original black leather frog. A little dry but far from ugly. For those who collect these pieces, this is a true treasure and would be a nice addition to the collection!
E Imperial Hunting Cutlass.

16+ inch triple etched blade has some age spotting, but etchings are in great shape and the green felt buffer pad is still intact. All fittings are brass with 5% of the gold wash remaining. The stag handle is incredible, although the top acorn is missing. The leather scabbard is in beautiful condition with both fitting staples.
NM- Senior Forester's Cutlass with Genuine Ivory Grips and a Triple Etched Blade by E.u.F. Hörster of Solingen.

I pulled this exquisite cutlass from my personal collection and photographed it when one of my customers asked if I had any nice Forestry daggers for sale. He decided to pass claiming he was looking for something cheaper, so I decided to list it on my web site now that it's reason to waste my time and the photos right? At first I thought maybe my price was a little too high, until I tried to find another Hörster on the internet in the same condition, and with genuine ivory grips. I was able to find several examples of the same pattern cutlass for a little less, but none of them were by Hörster or as nice as mine, so I decided to lower my price just a little, knowing I'll probably never be able to replace it for less.

The perfectly sculpted, hand crafted ivory grips on this beauty are definitely it's best feature. The gold toned graining is outstanding, especially on the reverse where it actually looks like wood grain. Amazingly enough, there's no damage or cracks to either plate, and all 6 original copper alloy acorns with oak leaves are still intact. I believe the "D" guard and clam shell were cast in aluminum because the hilt seems fairly light weight, but they're finished with a bright brass plating that has held up extremely well despite it's age. It's unusual to see plated aluminum rather than oxidized, and even more unusual to see it in this condition so I'm not certain if my theory is correct. My only clues are the weight and some very minor wear and faint scratches on the outer edge of the "D" guard where I can barely see a silver colored alloy below the plating...but only if I use my loop so I can assure you the wear is minimal and barely noticeable. The original leather scabbard is in unbelievable condition considering it's age. It's a little stiff, but there's no dry rot or cracking in the leather, and all of the dark brown/black finish remains intact. The non magnetic scabbard fittings appear to be solid brass with a dark age toning, but there's some reddish splotchy discoloration on the obverse lower fitting that I'm unable to explain. There's a similar stain on the reverse of the same fitting, but it looks like it came into contact with rust, and looks nothing like the patch on the obverse so your guess is as good as mine. The triple etched blade is near perfect with some very faint scratches from being pulled from the scabbard. The spine is etched with a simple laurel leaf pattern while the blade it's self features 2 elaborate panels with hunters, hounds, bores, stags, and foul. Hörster's trade mark is stamped into the obverse ricasso under the clam shell. The design features their intertwined initials "EFH" in the center of the oval with "E.u.F. HÖRSTER SOLINGEN" around the perimeter.
NM Multi-Purpose Skinning Knife by Puma-Werk of Solingen (post WWII production)

NM- Early (pre 1935) Polizei Officer's Dress Dagger and Frog by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen.

The twin large oval stamped trade mark on this piece tells us it was manufactured pre 1935, and that it is a true Nazi era Polizei dress dagger rather than an Imperial model that was cut down. This beauty is complete with it's original leather scabbard and WWII period maker marked (illegible) frog, as well as matching serial numbers "S.B.16663." on the hilt and scabbard. The polished plating on the blade is still bright with no major damage other than multiple faint surface scratches. The spine is stamped with a small "*" over a "B" , but this stamp isn't pictured with my photos. The stag grips are in excellent condition with no damage or cracks, but the nickel Polizei emblem shows some wear with only 25% of the gold wash intact in the crevases. The hilt appears to be plated brass with some minor wear to the quillion, a few feathers on the eagle's neck, and the end of his beak. If you look closely at my photos you'll see remnants of a polishing compound in his feathers so we know this piece has been cleaned, but no damage was done.
E++ Early (Pre 1935) Polizei Dress Dagger with Troddle and Frog by E.&F. Hörster of Solingen.

This beauty sold before I got a chance to write my description so I'm not going to bother. There's a couple more with descriptions listed in my SOLD section on page 2 if you want more information on this unique dagger designed specifically for Polizei personnel.
NM Early Police Dress Bayonet.

This piece has the rare and seldom seen slotted option, complete with working mortise. The heavy nickle finish is nearly 100%. The stag handle is perfect with an incredibly rich color. The near mint blade is stamped 81 on the spine. The leather on the scabbard is like new with one minor crease and is equipped with the fine scalloped nickle fittings.
E Polizei Dress Bayonet and Frog
with Grip Emblem, no maker.

This is a unique and rare piece fitted with a Polizei sword/dagger emblem attached to the obverse grip plate with 2 prongs. The emblem is the solid type, struck from copper with 50% of the silver plating still intact and all of the black enamel between the eagle and the wreath. The black bakelite grip plates are perfect with no damage and are attached with the correct solid rivets that show no signs of having been removed, proof that the emblem is original. The blade is plated with a mirror and some minor scratches, mostly runner marks with no signs of sharpening. The zinc alloy hilt retains 50% of a matte silver plating. It was probably polished when first constructed, but time and oxidation has reduced it to a dull gray. The original leather buffer pad and red slot wool is still intact, although there are a few moth holes in the wool. The scabbard is in outstanding condition with 97% of the gloss black enamel intact and no dents. The frog still retains all of it's original black finish, but it's cracked with multiple impressions from use.
E++ Fire Protection Police (Feuerschutzpolizei) Dress Bayonet by Paul Seilheimer of Solingen.

Dress bayonets like this were manufactured in various forms with an assortment of options distinguishing one organization from another. This particular model with the "S" cross guard and long 9 7/8" inch blade was intended for wear by NCO Fire Protection Police personnel ranks of Feuerwehrmann through Brandmeister. The shorter 7 7/8" inch blade was intended for wear by officers with the rank of Oberbrandmeister through Hauptbrandmeister.

The plated blade on this beauty is still bright with a mirror finish and no damage other than typical runner marks and some very faint surface scratches. Seilheimer's trademark is stamped on the reverse featuring an intertwined "PS" inside a circle with "PAUL SEILHEIMER*SOLINGEN" around the perimeter. The nickel plated zinc(?) hilt is in near mint condition with some subtle surface scratches and a few dull spots that should clean up with a polishing cloth if desired. The black bakelite grip plates are perfect as is the leather buffer pad. The steel scabbard is straight and dent free with 85% of the glossy black enamel intact, but there are a few scratches and a couple rusty patches on the reverse. The black leather frog is still soft and pliable with minor wear and no signs of a maker's stamp.
NM Feuerschutzpolizei NCO Dress Bayonet
By Carl Eickhorn of Solingen.
With Frog and Troddle.
E+ Long Fireman's dress dagger by Anton Wingen Jr.

The blade is near mint with minor gray speckling. Scabbard retains 80% original finish, frog is torn, but otherwise in excellent condition.
E+ Single Etched Pioneer Dress Bayonet by E. Pack & Sohne.

This bayo is quite rare, not only as a Pioneer model, but even more so with an etched blade. The bright nickel plated blade shows a little age with minor scratches and typical wear, featuring a crisp etched panel with a soldier walking down a road with his riffle on his arm. The rest of the panel is a typical pattern with oak leaves and the true service motto. The hilt suffers from minor abuse on the reverse...probably from being used like a hammer. 90% of the nickel plating is still intact with no flaking or rust and is near mint on the obverse so still very nice for display. The lug still functions smoothly with a Waffen Amt stamp barely visible on the underside when opened. The leather buffer and red felt pad are still intact. The scabbard is dent free and still retains 90% of the original enamel with spidering through out. The black checkered bakelite grips are in perfect condition with no damage at all. An honest example of a rare bayo, perfect for that hole in your etched bayo collection.
E+ Single Etched Panzer Dress Bayonet by F.W. Holler of Solingen with original frog.

This bayo is an "out of the wood work" example in as found condition. The hilt is made from pot metal with a nickel plating that shows some wear and age with a few pocks and very little flaking. The red felt slot pad and the leather buffer pad are both intact. The scabbard retains 90% of the original enamel with some scratches and a minor depression in the center. The original frog is still intact, a little stiff but no damage. The near mint blade features a textbook F.W. Holler panel with a tank rising over the hill and 2 small groups of machine gunners. Nearly all the nickle plate on the blade and the frosting in the etched panel remains on this incredible blade which also features a textbook F.W. Holler trademark on the same side. This piece was purchased from the WWLL vet Albert Johnson, is in as found condition, and has never been tampered with.
E+ Single Etched Wehrmacht Dress Bayonet.

This late war pot metal fitting type Bayo has a maker's logo that's unknown to me. It's a profile of a rather salty old sailor with a pipe in his mouth and "Solingen" below it. The short blade is nearly mint with runner marks on both sides. The single etched panel has an eagle with a very long wingspread and the head faces left. There are 3 Oak leaves, then a floral pattern on both sides of the wing tips. Below are the words "Fur Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit". 95% of the background frosting remains and the tan leather washer is intact. 60% of the original plating remains on the grip fittings and the black checkered bakelite grip plates remain un chipped with the points slightly worn down. The red felt plug is still in it's slot. The scabbard has 65% of it's original black finish with some spidering. The frog lug has been bent down a little. Very nice piece overall!
NM Single Etched Wehrmacht Dress Bayonet with Frog and Grip Eagle!

This is a typical Eickhorn dress bayonet with the later squirrel logo. The blade grades mint minus because of the runner marks, but otherwise perfect. The Honor etched panel includes the extra etch of the crossed rifles and helmet. It is very crisp and retains 100% of the original background frosting. There is an original period applied Wehrmacht metal device eagle that is attached to the perfect black checkered bakelite grip, this was broke off by an "expert" idiot who felt the need to pry on it, I have since had it repaired by my jeweler and it is once again perfect. The scabbard has 99% of it's original finish and the frog is perfect. Get this rare and 100% original piece now.
F Pioneer Dress Bayonet.

Late war pot metal fittings with some minor lifting to the nickle plating on the hilt fittings. Nice unmarked blade, minor runner marks. The scabbard retains 98% of its original black finish with minor spidering.
E- Heer Officer/NCO Dress Bayonet by Tigerwerk Lauterjung & Co. of Solingen.

This piece definitely saw some use, but it's still in excellent condition with no major damage. The blade is still bright with no chips or dings, but there are some minor scratches and a few carbon spots near the hilt. Stamped with the small tiger logo on the obverse and "TIGER SOLINGEN" on the reverse. The leather buffer pad is still intact, as is the red wool pad in the slot. The lug is still tight and functioning perfectly, although 50% of the plating is worn off from use. The hilt and pommel plating is flaking a bit too, with minor corrosion on the reverse. Both black checker board grip plates are intact and tight, but there is a small chip at the top left hand corner on the obverse. The steel scabbard retains 85% of the black enamel with typical scratches and flaking most of which is at the bottom. There is no rust or dents except for a tiny dent on the bottom of the ball.
E- Heer EM Dress Bayonet
By Gustav Klemme Herford
With Frog.
E- Heer Officer/NCO Dress Bayonet with Stag Grip by C. Gustav Spitzer.

Simulated Stag grips attached with 2 nickle rivets (a rare find). Unfortunately the lug and button are missing. The pot metal fittings have only traces of nickle plating. The graying blade is marked with the Spitzer Lion inside a circle. The scabbard has 99% of it's original black enamel paint with spidering. Original black frog, slightly dry but still supple and beautiful. Rarely seen piece, well worn and unaltered, a virgin to the collecting world!
E- "Butcher" Bayonet.

Nice markings, steel fittings with minor rust pitting, wood grips in excellent condition. Nice blade with some age spotting, marked "Waffenfabrik Mauser-A.G. Oberndorf a.N." and "U" with a crown over it on the back, "16 W" with a crown over it on the spine, and "E" in the barrel groove of the quillion. No scabbard. Excellent condition for nearly 100 years old!
E++ 1989/1905 Model Butcher Blade or "Sawback Removed" Bayonet with Frog by Frister & Rossmann of Berlin.

This awesome combat bayo has a blued hilt and what appears to be a re-blued blade with several Waffen Amt stamps....which tells me it was re-issued in WWII. The blade spine is stamped with a crown over a "W" and the year of production "17" (1917) with a crowned "D" near the hilt. The reverse ricasso is stamped "Act.Ges.vorm" over "Frister & Rossmann" with "BERLIN" underneath. The back plate of the grip is stamped with what appears to be "SUW" over "193" and "SU4" under an early Waffen Amt style eagle near the hilt. There's a single "S" on the frontal spine of the grip, and another very faint eagle just above the lug. The scabbard is unmarked except for an "8" on the reverse ball and "16" on the obverse ball with a minor dent 1 inch above the ball on both sides.
E- Wehrmacht Saw Back Dress Bayonet by HH&S with bakelite grips.

The blade and nickle plated fittings have minor lifting to the original silver plating, but are in 90% condition. The scabbard has been repainted long ago,98% remains. Great example!
NM Dress Bayonet with Stag Grip by Robert Klaas, with Frog and Toddle.

The blade is near mint with nickle plated fittings and beautiful stag grips. The scabbard retains 90% original finish. The unmarked black frog is in incredible shape with an NCO Regimental staff Faustriemen, light gray cloth strap with field gray leather slide- dark green and aluminum crown, and aluminum silver ball. Rare knot!
NM++ 98K Combat Bayonet by ACS with Matching Serial Numbers and Frog.

Don't let the glare from my scanner beam fool you...that's not surface rust. The blade on this beauty is mint- with all the bluing intact, as is the reddish/brown bakelite grip. There is some minor surface rust on the hilt, most of which can be seen around the lug. The flaws you see in the ricasso stamps are remnants of the original cosmoline that I removed so I could put it on my scanner. It's stamped "44 fnj" on the reverse ricasso which indicates manufacture by ALCOSO, which stands for Alexander Coppel Stahlwaren und Waffenfabrik of Solingen. Both the obverse ricasso and scabbard are stamped with the same serial number "1924" over a small "k". The spine is stamped with the year "44" (not pictured), and the hilt is stamped with a tiny Waffen Amt eagle over "WaA519". I seriously doubt if this well marked beauty was issued...considering it's overall condition and late manufacture date.
NM- 98K Combat Bayonet by JWH
With Matching Serial Numbers
and "Strap" or "Calvary" Frog.

Despite what you'll see in my scans, the blade on this beauty is mint- with all the bluing intact. There is some very minor surface rust and wear to the hilt and mahogany grips, but I see no evidence that this bayo was ever issued...the wear is probably from being mishandled over the last 7 decades. It's stamped "jwh" on the reverse ricasso which indicates manufacture by Staatliche Waffenfabrik, which was located in the city of Chatellerault in occupied France. Both the obverse ricasso and scabbard are stamped with the same serial number "9587" over a small "n". The spine is stamped with the year "44" (not pictured), and the hilt is double stamped with tiny Waffen Amt eagles over "aA261". If you compress the button you can see another Waffen Amt eagle and "WaA 8 7". The scabbard ball has a Waffen Amt stamp too, but only the eagle and "Wa" are legible. The black leather frog features a "calvary" strap with a knob latch, and RBN Nr "0/0384/0011" on the reverse.
E Close Combat Trench Knife, no maker.

Close combat or "trench knives" have been around for hundreds of years, but they weren't produced in great quantities by the military until WWI. Bayonets were readily available but they proved to be too heavy and too long to be affective in close combat situations. For this reason some soldiers purchased shorter hunting style knives for use in the field. By 1915 German edged weapons manufacturers started to produce the smaller close combat knives in greater quantities when they saw the demand for something more practical. By the close of WWI the smaller knives became more and more popular so German edged weapon manufacturers started to produce a wide range of close combat trench knives in both ordnance issue and private purchase variations.

This knife features a 5.25" inch drop forged steel blade with no maker's mark. It shows evidence of use with numerous light surface scratches and a sharpened edge. It retains 50% of the original black enamel on the steel cross guard and features beautifully hand carved hardwood grips with 9 diagonal groves on either side. The grip plates are secured to the blade tang with 3 small flat head steel rivets. The original dent free steel scabbard retains 80% of the original black enamel with numerous small surface scratches. The leather belt hanger and retaining strap are still soft and pliable with no damage. The hanger is attached to the scabbard with 2 steel rivets while the retaining strap is secured with one rivet of the same type. The original snap is just like the ones we see on canteens and is functioning perfectly. Overall this beauty is still in excellent condition despite obvious combat use.
E Dutch 1895 Model Mannlicher
Carbine Infantry Bayonet by the
Hemburg Arsenal of Holland.

Late production without hooked quillion, blued hilt and blade, and wooden grip plates. The blade measures 14" inches with "HEMBURG" stamped on the obverse, a tiny crown stamped on the reverse, and "9763 BB" stamped on the reverse cross guard. The leather scabbard is in excellent condition considering it's age. The tip is reinforced with a thin copper wire and the leather frog is riveted to the throat with 9 copper rivets with a large "CW" stamped on the obverse. The retaining strap is a little dry and cracked, but it's still intact and completely functional. This rare beauty definitely shows it's age, but it's in amazing condition and would make a wonderful addition to any bayonet or dagger collection.
E French M1886 Lebel Bayonet.

Epée bayonet for the 1886/93 Lebel 8mm Riffle with 13" inch (33.5cm) cruciform spike, shortened and reissued in WWII.
NM+ Argentine M1898 Long Bayonet by "W.K.C." Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Co.
of Solingen. Multiple stamps including "RA" (Republic Argentina) in a circle
on the hilt and scabbard ball. The Argentine crest was ground off the reverse, which is common and expected.
E++ DRK Hewer Blade, no maker.

Stamped "GES. GESCHUTZ" with minor carbon spotting on the reverse from exposure to humidity. The tang is stamped "PDR" on the obverse with the original leather buffer pad intact. Note: Ges.Gesch is short for "Gesetzlich Geschützt" which translates "legally protected" in the design is protected by law, or as some prefer..."patent pending".
E DLV Dagger Blade by Eickhorn.

The early twin oval trade mark retains nearly all of the dark burnishing. The blade its self is in near mint condition but unfortunately the tang is broken. Any one with welding skills could easily repair it and end up with a nice replacement blade.
E Unmarked Wehrmacht or Luftwaffe 2nd Dagger Blade.

Minor wear and carbon spotting from exposure to moister, but still a very nice replacement blade.
G SA Dagger blade, by E., Pack, and Sohn. D033
E Wehrmacht Dagger Scabbard.

Generic late war style with 75% of the nickel finish intact and pot metal bands. No dents with a bit of tarnish an one set screw at throat.
E Long (Police?) Dress Bayonet Scabbard.

39cm (15 1/2 inches) long with a 27mm x 9mm throat . Steel construction with 2 minor creases (dents) on the front. 90% of the original black enamel remains with spidering.
M Nickle Silver Eagle Device for SS/SA Dagger Handle.

Stamped with great detail with 2 correct brass prongs. Marked RZM M1/8 in raised text. 100% original period device!
M Aluminum Eagle Device for SS/SA Dagger Handle.

Incredible detail with 2 aluminum prongs pressed in. Marked RZM M1/17. 100% original period device!
M Eagle Device for Police NCO Sword Handle.

Stamped from pot metal with 2 prongs. Original mint replacement piece.
M Eagle Device Police Officer Sword Handle.

Perfect detail with black enamel paint in the background. 2 prongs pressed into the back with a maker mark A for Assmann. Original mint device.
E+ WWI Sword Miniature. 7 1/2 inches long.

Nickle plated blade has some minor lifting with 75% remaining. The handle retains 80% of it's original guilt wash. The spine of the blade is stamped Germany.
NM Indonesian Kris Damascus Dagger.Indonesian Kris Damascus Dagger.Brant's collecting pursuits began when he was a young boy, and he accumulated hundreds of edged weapons over the years that are not Third Reich or combat related. Someday I hope to create a new page on TRD where I will begin to weed out some of his treasures, including a huge collection of rare and more common Damascus blades. This piece is an Indonesian Kris Damascus Dagger. Absolutely incredible Damascus blade constructed from a mix of meteor and iron in a Leopard Spot pattern. Beautifully hand carved handle trimmed with a guilt metal tang ring. Beautiful 2 piece wood sheath, hand crafted with a clear finish. Awesome display piece!!! DM500
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