Уважаемые коллеги. Создать данную тему меня сподвигло появление в продаже у Американского дилера 2-ой модели кортика "Luftwaffe" М37, производителя R. Klaas - с пометкой FUNERAL.
Так-же данный кортик описан в книге Джонсона и Виттмана. В сети я нашёл ещё несколько идентичных предметов. Мой личный интерес проявляется из-за того что в Англии на аукционе я приобрёл лот, в который входила похоронная табличка, пару фотографий и сам предмет. Везде описано что предмет очень редкий. Судя по всему это и подтверждает появление у дилера данного предмета, и сразу пометка ON HOLD....
Ребят так всё-таки были ли эти похоронные кортики с чёрными рукоятями, или же это не более чем маркетинг дилеров? Какие Ваши мнения?
Вот ссылка на данный лот:
Продублирую описание лота, если вдруг ссылка когда-нибудь прекратит право на жизнь.
LD2 #42615 2ND Model Luftwaffe "Funeral" Dagger with Hangers & Portepee - Robt Klaas
The Robert Klaas "Funeral" dagger production was extremely limited and I have only had a couple of these in the past - we see the black-gripped Army versions much more frequently. This dagger is in amazing condition, looking like it was just produced and right out of the box. It was one of my most exciting finds at the recent SOS Show in Louisville, and honestly, I could not wait to get it home and have a really good look at it. We really don't know the true purpose of these daggers, as it is silly that there would be a special model for funerals only - given the costs of these daggers during the time and the meager pocketbooks of officers, it is highly doubtful that a dagger designated for only "funerals" would be produced. I could see it if the owner were a Luftwaffe undertaker, but again, this just does not strike as feasible. The one thing we do know, however, is that, like the Army Klaas-produced daggers with black grips, these are a true Luftwaffe variation and accepted by the collecting community - and they are very rare.
This dagger is as good as they come, condition-wise. It is absolutely mint throughout and does not appear to have been ever worn. The pommel is just short of spectacular. It is a pommel that has not as of yet been identified as to manufacturer and was probably generic. I show an example of the pommel in my Luftwaffe book on Page 136. In the case of the book picture, the pommel rests on a Wingen example, another company that was known to have purchased their parts. The pommel portrays both of its center swastikas between deeply enhanced oak leaves. These oak leaves form the best Luftwaffe pommel types you will see. In addition, the pommel's base is different from all others having a distinct double pedestal - great stuff here! The pommel remains new-like. The matching aluminum cross guard is also a beauty, having matching deep black backgrounds. The details to the eagle are totally striking, still having the factory shine to the border areas above the eagle's wings and also to the border around the pebbled panel on the reverse. The bright borders accent the 100% darkening to the pebbling resulting in a great look. The engraved oak leaves and acorns which appear in panels on the top of the cross guard quillions, are also just the best - beautiful detail here. The ferrule below displays the same dark surfaces. The black celluloid grip has nine ribs that descend from the viewer's left to right. The celluloid is perfect and reflects its original sheen. The grip is wrapped with twisted aluminum wire, being the usual for these Robert Klaas funeral grips. A superb look here and identical to the two pieces I show in color in my Luftwaffe Book on Pages 172 and 173. Wrapped about the lower grip is an aluminum bullion portepee in the Luftwaffe tie. It is a mint-conditioned 23 cm portepee. The portepee is interesting also, as the slide, although matching bullion, also has a "V' design woven into it with a gold thread. A tremendous hilt here!
The scabbard is also a stand-out in full mint condition. The scabbard shell surfaces have crisp pebbled surfaces and remain with absolutely 100% of the airplane gray tone remaining - very rare to see. The bands are a nickel-plated type, being the WKC variety. The brightness of the bands contrasts wonderfully with the dark scabbard tones.The matching throat is retained by a single headless screw in the reverse. Attached to the rings is a full mint set of Luftwaffe hanging straps.The brocade straps are still somewhat stiff and new-like. The reverse straps are finished in the later canvass-style material and are colored a dark gray. The hardware is also still new-like. The top clip is the style with plain surfaces and marked with a cast-in, "DRGM". This snap clip still has most of its original protective lacquer remaining - something you just do not see on hangers - nice. The buckles and slides are the highly detailed type we see occasionally, having great raised oak leafing. The lower snaps are the pebbled, "push-in" style, still having all of their darkened surfaces.
As we could hope, the blade is just as great as the dagger's outside. We often see nickel-plated blades produced by the Klaas firm and this example is another one of them. It is in mirror-bright condition throughout, together with its three well-formed sections and needle-like tip. Absolute mint blade.Lightly scratched into the ricasso surfaces of both sides of the blade is what appears to be the original owner's initials, "MR". Wish we could research him so that we could once and for all we could identify the true reason for these daggers. But a monogram like this is just not enough to do any research. The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the Kissing Cranes logo and below, "Robt Klaas", and "Solingen". The dark blade washer is in place deep within the lower cross guard recesses.
Well, there you have it - one of the best-conditioned pieces I have ever offered, and it is equipped with the rare black grip! A fine opportunity to get something really spectacular for your collection. None better!
Mint, Mint, Mint! $3,685.00