Product Description: The Postal Leader Dagger is a very rare and desirable dagger type, and this one is a great, complete rig. The blade shows some age, with a few gray spots, and typical runner marks. The reverse of the blade is very crisply etched with the commercial type maker mark of Paul Weyersberg in Solingen. The handle shows light age and wear, with some toning and minor spots here and there on the metal fittings. The wood grip is intact, with no cracks or chips, and only very minor handling marks; the unique Postal pattern grip eagle is in excellent condition with lots of detail. The glossy black enamel swastikas on both sides of the crossguard are intact and undamaged. The underside of the crossguard is numbered “1957” and is also stamped “DRP” for Deutsche Reichspost, the German postal organization during the Third Reich. The original leather scabbard buffer is present. The scabbard of this Postal Leader Dagger retains over 90 percent of its original gloss enamel paint finish. The scabbard fittings show minor age and are a perfect match for the grip fittings. The original suspension chain is present and fully intact, and features a functional spring clip which is marked “D.R.G.M.” indicating a copyrighted design. This is a great example of the Postal Leader Dagger, in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The Deutsche Reichspost was the German mail system during the Third Reich and until the end of WWII. As with virtually every German state organization of that era, members of the Reichspost had uniforms and regalia. These were worn not only by the mail carriers and employees of the post offices, but by officials of every level, and included typical Third Reich regalia such as daggers, visor caps, armbands, and collar tabs that bore rank insignia. Reichspost-specific regalia was worn by both male and female Reichspost members. As the German empire expanded in the 1930s, the Reichspost was tasked with operating in the newly annexed regions, and during WWII, the Reichspost worked closely with the Wehrmacht “Feldpost” military mail system. The Reichspost ceased to exist in 1945, and Reichspost items, many of which were made in relatively small quantities, are very collectible today.
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