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L008777 FIRST PATTERN DAGGER CROSS GUARD.
BACKGROUND:In March 1933 the Deutscher Luftsport Verband, (German Air Sports League), was established by incorporating all civilian flying clubs into the one organization. The DLV was utilized as a camouflage civilian organization to train personnel for the future Luftwaffe. As a civilian organization it was able to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the Versailles Treaty, which prohibited a German military air service. In February and April 1934 respectively the DLV introduced a dagger for Officer’s and a knife for all ranks. Later in 1934 members of the Fliegerschaft, the secret military branch of the DLV, adopted both sidearms for wear. Shortly after the unveiling of the Luftwaffe in March 1935 a modified version of the DLV’s Officer’s dagger was adopted for wear by Luftwaffe Officer’s and EM/NCO’s personnel who held a valid pilots licence. Of Note: A second pattern Luftwaffe was dagger introduced in July 1937 to replace the earlier first pattern modified DLV dagger.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:A nicely detailed cross guard featuring downwardly curved, stylized wings to each side with a central, raised circular panel with a gilt washed, canted, sunwheel swastika to both the obverse and reverse. The cross guard measures approximately 11cm long with overall light usage and wear.
GRADE **** PRICE $238.00
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