2nd Model Luftwaffe Miniature Dagger – Alcoso

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Alcoso

Pattern: 2nd


Product Description: This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Miniature Dagger is a top quality piece, with all of the details of its full-size counterpart. The blade on this one is bright and beautiful, with attractive, eye-catching shine. There is no damage to the blade. The ricasso is marked with the scales logo of the firm of Alcoso in Solingen. The handle of this dagger is gorgeous, with a lovely deep color to the grip. All of the fine detail on the pommel and on the Luftwaffe eagle and swastika crossguard is intact, with nice original darkening in the recesses. The grip wire is tight, and the grip shows only a couple of tiny marks. This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Miniature Dagger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard has very nice finish, and is loaded with intricate detail. The pebbling is crisp, the suspension rings are intact, and there are no dents or other damage. These Alcoso miniatures are desirable, with unparalleled detail. The condition of this one rates as excellent, showing little or no wear, and only minimal age.



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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