Condition: Very Good
Maker: Marked Assmann and DRGM
Pattern: 2nd Model
Product Description: This original set of 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger Hangers is unissued and unused, but was damaged in storage. It was produced at the Assmann factory and was taken from there. The woven blue and silver wire braid and the beautiful blue velvet backing of the straps are perfect, factory fresh and still stiff. The zinc fittings have nice clean surfaces. The clip for affixing this to a uniform is nicely marked, with a stylized “A” manufacturer logo (for Assmann) as well as “DRGM” indicating an officially registered design. One of the two strap buckles, and one of the two spring clips for affixing these to a dagger scabbard, are broken. It might be possible to repair these, or to use parts from this unissued set to repair another set of hangers. Broken pieces of the hardware are included. The overall condition of these 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger Hangers is very good.
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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