Product Description: These 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger Hangers are in incredible, unissued condition. They are stone mint and would be impossible to upgrade. The fabric is still stiff from the factory, never worn, never broken in, exactly as they would have been when brand new during WWII. These 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger Hangers came from the Assmann factory. The blue and silver woven outer part of each cloth strap is perfect, as is the beautiful blue velvet backing. There is no fading and virtually no age toning, the original color is bright and strong. Every stitch is intact and pristine. The buckles show zero wear, and retain original silver finish. The zinc clips that would have been affixed to a dagger scabbard are marked “D.R.G.M.” indicating an officially registered design. The other end of the hangers have an unworn, intact and functional zinc spring clip with the stylized “A” maker mark of Assmann, and “DRGM.” These would be a perfect addition to a mint original dagger. 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger Hangers are extremely hard to find in this condition.
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 downswept, 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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