Product Description: This RLB 2nd Model Officers Dagger is a very attractive example, in excellent condition, that has never been cleaned or messed-with in any way. The gorgeous blade features incredible cross-graining up and down the entire length of the blade, with only a few very minor age spots, and an intact, original buffer pad. The reverse of the blade is neatly etched with the logo of the desirable maker Paul Weyersberg of Solingen. The handle has beautiful, original blue leather and an attractive, even, old patina to the metal fittings. The bold and striking “art deco” type eagle on the crossguard is intact, as is all of the enamel on the second pattern grip emblem. The blue leather on the handle is incredibly well-preserved, with virtually all of the original surface intact. This RLB 2nd Model Officers Dagger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard fits snugly against the hilt, holding the blade tightly in place. All six of the original scabbard screws are still in place, and the scabbard is straight and undamaged. The scabbard does show slight age and wear, with a few marks and scuffs on the leather, and only a couple of small areas with minor leather chipping. All of the leather here is original and untouched; unlike most of the RLB daggers that come to market, this leather has never been replaced or re-dyed. This is a rare dagger, by a desirable maker, in beautiful condition.
Historical Description: The Reichs-Luftschutz-Bund (RLB) was a Nazi organization tasked with air raid defense in German cities and towns. It was a civil organization that was subordinate to the Luftwaffe. Originally organized in 1933 by Herman Göring in 1933, the RLB had 15 million members by 1939. As with virtually all civil, political and paramilitary organizations during the Third Reich, the RLB had ceremonial edged weapons for use with formal wear by enlisted members as well as officers. The first pattern enlisted dagger was introduced in 1936, with a grip emblem that featured the stylized organizational initials “RLB” in blue enamel, over a swastika, on a black ebony grip. The scabbard was painted black. The organizational emblem of the RLB changed in 1938, so a new, updated pattern of dagger was introduced that year, with the “RLB” grip emblem replaced with the new logo of a black enameled swastika on a sunburst. Officers of the Luftschutz carried similar daggers, with the first, 1936 pattern featuring the early type organizational emblem on a leather-covered grip, paired with a matching leather covered scabbard with a single suspension ring. The second pattern, 1938 RLB officer dagger used the later organizational emblem on the grip, and a second suspension ring and band was added to the scabbard. Many first pattern officer daggers were converted with the second scabbard ring, after the new pattern was introduced. Although the Luftschutz was a huge organization, few members had formal or dress uniforms, and so only a relatively small number of its members purchased daggers. RLB daggers are scarce and very desirable collectors items today.
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