DLV Dagger by Gebruder Heller

Condition: Exc /Exc

Makers: Gebrüder Heller


Product Description: This is an absolutely beautiful and choice example of the DLV Dagger, in excellent condition, made by Gebrüder Heller. The blade on this one retains most of the original cross-graining, which is tough to find on daggers of this type. There is some typical age spotting and graying to the blade. The reverse of the balde has the commercial type Gebrüder Heller manufacturer logo. The handle of this early DLV dagger features textbook nickel fittings with a gorgeous, even patina. The crossguard is marked with the correct “K” stamp on the edge. There is one very small enamel chip to one of the swastikas on the crossguard- you can see in the photos how small this chip is. The leather-covered grip shows only light honest wear, and is intact with no issues. The original leather buffer pad where the blade meets the crossguard is likewise intact. The scabbard on this one is in outstanding condition, with intact original leather and attractive nickel silver fittings. The throat of the scabbard is correctly marked with the organizational winged swastika emblem of the DLV. This DLV dagger is complete with its original, correct brown leather hanger, which is complete and functional. This DLV dagger is an exceptional example, loaded with eye appeal, and displays wonderfully.


Historical Description: The Deutscher Luftsportverband (DLV) was an organization created by the NSDAP in March, 1933. The “Sport” in the name helped to conceal the fact that the DLV were not really a sport organization, but rather was made up of units that conducted military flight training- specifically, the training of military pilots, contravening the Treaty of Versailles stipulation that Germany was not to have any air force. The head of the DLV was Hermann Göring, and Ernst Röhm was the deputy chief. The organization was formed from a number of pre-existing flight clubs. The various SA “Fliegersturm” units were disbanded, and their personnel rolled into the DLV, with an increased focus on military style flight training rather than air sports. The DLV was a uniformed organization, and wore uniforms similar to that of the SA, but with distinctive insignia and rank structure. In 1937, the DLV was disbanded; the successor organization was the Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps (NSFK).



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