E-411a Early DLV Fliers Knife With School
Markings, Hanger and Belt Loop by Gebr. Heller
This early example was just purchased as part of a small dagger
collection and remains in untouched condition. The fittings are silver
over nickel base with at least 50% of the hilt fittings having remnants of the
original factory lacquer, while the remaining areas have a beautiful, matching
patina. The three-stage pommel exhibits minor carrying/storage wear to the
surfaces and edges. The original Moroccan blue/black grip leather shows
faint wear/age, grading strong excellent+. Upon closer examination, it is
the correct two-piece style leather having a very attractive grain (Volume II,
page 28, paragraph one). The crossguard is in very collectible condition,
retaining crisp edges and smooth surfaces. The crossguard end is stamped,
although it is almost unreadable. The center block swastika has beautiful
enamel with faint rubbing signs. Finally, the underside of the lower
crossguard is school stamped Schl. and 419 (Volume II, page 27).
Collectors love school marked pieces! The blade has a semi-bright
appearance with both sides having numerous large areas of dark smudging.
In addition, the edges and tip appear to have been touched up, while the
surfaces have been lightly re-grained. The blade grades good. The
reverse ricasso is etched with Heller trademark containing the Balloon man
selling his wares with six balloons up in the air. The maker’s name,
town and “Thuringen Gau” are etched beneath the merchant, Gebr. Heller /
Marienthal / b.Schweina / Thr. The Moroccan blue/black leather washer is
intact, grading strong excellent+. There has been some faint trademark
loss due to the re-graining. The heavy scabbard shell is straight
throughout! The matching Moroccan blue/black leather displays mild wear
and age. There are a few mild bruises to both sides, in addition to a
couple of faint nicks. All-in-all a very nice scabbard! The fittings
are perfectly matched! The surfaces display faint storage scratches.
The ball and lower fitting exhibits a couple of minor taps. The throat is
also school stamped Schl. with the number 764, which does not match the dagger!
NOT unusual to find mismatched pieces! The throat is NOT DLV stamped;
however, it does contain a lightly stamped early Waffen-Amt stamping (Volume II,
page 27, lower and narrative). The original domehead side screws are
present, showing very faint turning signs. There is an original to the
piece short dark brown leather hanger that shows wear/age, grading very good.
The hanger hardware is solid nickel and unmarked. Attached to the hanger
is an original period brown belt loop that appears to be a political belt loop,
which is NOT correct for the piece! HARD to come by in ANY condition!