P.D. Lüneschloss Army Dagger

Condition: Excellent

Maker: P.D. Lüneschloss

SKU: JW3710 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This P.D. Lüneschloss Army Dagger is a nice, representative example of a Heer officer’s dagger, in a strong excellent condition. The blade of this one shows some age, with light spotting and greying throughout. There is no damage to the edges, and the tip is perfect. The reverse of the blade is etched with the manufacturer logo of the firm of P. D. Lüneschloss, in Solingen. The handle on this one is gorgeous, with nearly all of the original silver finish remaining on the metal. This silvering has extremely attractive age toning, with nice blue tones. All of the original detail remains present on the metal fittings. The grip is a later war style, white Trylon grip, which is nearly perfect, with no chips or cracks.  This P.D. Lüneschloss Army Dagger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard is nice and clean, with original luster, and no dents or damage. Both of the original suspension rings are intact. This desirable, maker marked dagger displays great.


Historical Description: After WWI, the German military, known as the Reichswehr, was restricted to a relatively small force. Hitler changed this in 1935, reintroducing universal military conscription, and creating a new German Armed Forces- the Wehrmacht. Within the Wehrmacht, the German Army was known as the Heer, and a new dagger was designed and introduced for the officers of this new German Army in May 1935. As with all German Army officer uniforms and accoutrements, they were not issued; rather, the officer had to purchase them. These were ceremonial and decorative pieces of regalia, that were worn on occasions that did not call for carrying a sword. The overall pattern and design of the dagger remained consistent throughout the production run, but the large number of individual manufacturers created a wide variety in details, especially with regard to the handle fittings. There were approximately 42 different manufacturers of the blades. There were construction changes over time as well. Early German Army daggers generally featured plated brass alloy handle fittings. Later, zinc was used. Wartime type scabbards were generally unplated, with a gray finish. Production of German Army daggers ceased around 1943. The German Army was a huge organization, and large numbers of these daggers were produced. But there were many specific variants that were produced in low numbers, especially the highest quality, luxury type pieces for well-heeled officers. Some daggers were personalized, and customized, and are unique. The striking and attractive design of the German Army dagger was well-received by officers at the time, and these are very sought-after by collectors today.


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