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1st. period Luftwaffe dagger – (with the 3 oval domed rivets)
In March 1935 the Fliegerdolch was introduced for wear by officers and senior NCO’s.
It was based upon a similar dagger worn by the German Air Sports Association (DLV).
The grip has a wooden core with dark blue Morocco leather covering. The grooved grip having triple silver coloured wire running down it.
The solid nickel circular pommel featured an inlaid brass disk with raised sunwheel swastika, as also the centre of the cross guard, both obverse and reverse.
These disks are silver plated as is the pommels with 4-5 microns of silver, then the swastika was gold plated with 2-3 microns.
The cross guard has down swept “wings”.
The ‘oval’ attached to the bottom of the ‘wings’ and separated when inserted into the scabbard has the number stamped into it (hidden by the leather) no. 304
The dagger is 48 cm long and has a plain, stiletto style blade with no engravings or motto as standard and the blade is effectively ‘mint’.
It has the small waffen stamping – a stick bird with a number, indicated this is a Government issued dagger, on lease to the person using it.
The scabbard had the same dark blue Moroccan grade leather covering as the grip, with three scabbard fittings. The ‘mouth’ of the scabbard has the number 304 stamped into it, matching the handle numbering.
This model is the oval domed rivet type.
The top and centre scabbard fittings having a fixed metal ring onto which to fix the dual chain hanger.
The hanger was a simple double chain hanger made early on from solid nickel silver and as usual is unmarked.
Dagger// Minor edge marks to top of Pommel, several minor marks to handle,wings- very minor marks, blade effectively MINT condition.
Scabbard// Minor plate (very small)to top 2 fittings. Some wear and dent to botton 3rd section and a ‘kink’ between the botton metal fitting and the leather scabbard bottom. Minor.
Chain- 9 & 14 rings – excellent condition..clip fine but not maker marked as is usual.
In conclusion a very fine difficult to find dagger.
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