Manufacturer: RZM U.E. 10
Product Description: This is a fantastic set of 2nd model Luftwaffe Generals dagger hangers. The deluxe fittings feature very intricately detailed ornamentation, and retain some of the original gold finish that identifies these as intended for high-ranking officers who had attained General rank. The fittings on these Luftwaffe Generals dagger hangers are made of zinc, and where the gold finish has faded or worn away, the gray color of the base metal is apparent. All of the hooks, clips and fasteners are intact and functional. The rayon and aluminum wire braid and blue-gray velvet backing show no damage, only typical age toning and some very minor fraying, about an inch along the side of the fabric strap area most likely from use. Both scabbard clips as well as the hanger hook are marked “D.R.G.M.”, the hanger is additionally marked with the RZM logo and the manufacturer code “U.E. 10.” Overall, this is a beautiful example of the very desirable 2nd model Luftwaffe Generals dagger hangers, completely intact and functional. A hard-to-find accoutrement for completing a dagger.
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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