Product Description: This set of 2nd Model Deluxe Luftwaffe Dagger Hangers is complete and sound, and shows obvious traces of use from daily wear. This is a top quality, super deluxe set of hangers, with leather tops to the straps and ornate details on the fittings. The brocade tape on the straps shows heavy wear, with some fraying and losses to the woven aluminum wire. The velvet backing shows slight fraying from wear as well, but no major damage. The metal fittings are made from zinc, and show only traces of the original silver finish, having mostly reverted to the dull gray color of the base metal. There are some small areas of light-colored surface oxidation. The buckles are functional, as are the spring clips, which are marked “D.R.G.M.” indicating a legally protected design. The upper clip also bears an embossed RZM logo within a single circular border with open bottom, as well as the letters “U.E” indicating “Uniformeffekten Erlaubnißschein” (Uniform Accessories License), and the manufacturer’s numerical code, “10”. This type of combined RZM/U.E. markings are believed to have been utilized circa May 1933 to March 1935. These 2nd Model Deluxe Luftwaffe Dagger Hangers would be perfect for completing a well-worn dagger, and remain a nice example of this high-quality pattern.
Historical Description: The Luftwaffe dagger was a piece of regalia with a unique history. After WWI, Germany was prohibited from having an Air Force. In 1933, the Nazis formed the Deutscher Luftsport-Verband (DLV), which was a paramilitary aviation organization. DLV officers wore a long dagger. In 1935, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler instituted the new German armed forces, the Wehrmacht. One of the branches of the Wehrmacht was the Luftwaffe. Luftwaffe officers at this time wore what we know as the first model Luftwaffe dagger. This was a shortened version of the earlier DLV dagger. It featured a scabbard covered in blue leather, and a blue, wire-wrapped grip. The crossguard featured a round, “sunwheel” type swastika, flanked by down swept, stylized “wings.” The pommel was in the form of a vertical disc, with another, larger “sunwheel” swastika. In 1937, the Luftwaffe instituted a new dagger form, known to collectors as the second model. This new dagger was similar to that worn by officers of the German Army. The second model had a metal scabbard with impressed decoration, and no leather covering. The crossguard bore a Luftwaffe eagle, clutching a swastika. The blue grip was replaced with one that was orange, white or yellow. The various types of grips were a matter of personal preference and did not indicate branch or rank. The pommel of the new dagger featured a swastika within an oak leaves motif. The blades of these daggers were steel, and many but not all were manufacturer marked.
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