LUFTWAFFE DLV / 1ST MODEL DAGGER BY WAYERSBERG, UNIQUE VARIATION.
This is a very unusual early transitional example with features I have not seen before. All early nickel silver fittings with brass swastikas still retaining some original silver finish, the underside of the crossguard is stamped with issue number 171 and it is interestingly stamped over a previous number which appears to be 231. The blue leather grip is in perfect condition. The blade is in near mint condition and it is by Paul Wayersberg Solingen, normally Wayersberg blades have a waffen amp stamp but this one does not probably because it is of such early production. The scabbard is very unusual, the three metal fittings are held in place with staples but each fitting also has a pair of screws, this is the first time I have ever seen this, the scabbard shell is solid metal with a blue leather covering rather than the very early solid leather type which you would normally expect to see with staple held fittings. The scabbard leather shows wear and age but it is all complete, the seam is not so well concealed as on later examples but it is still professionally applied. The top scabbard mount is stamped with matching issue numbers 171 and again this is stamped over the previous number 231, there is also an unusual waffen amp stamp and the owner has also engraved his name Muller but it is not professionally applied as he obviously did it himself . Complete with chain hanger. If you collect Luftwaffe daggers this would be a very interesting example to obtain and almost certainly no one else will have one as it is the first one I have seen in 35 years as a dealer. Exc++