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The German Navy or Kriegsmarine officially carried daggers as early as the 1840's and continued to wear edged weapons throughout the Third Reich Period. Most collectors are concerned with 3rd Reich Naval Dirks which are referred to as 1st and 2nd Model Naval Patterns.

Naval dirks were normally produced of gilded brass fittings and scabbard, with white grip and bright blade often having nautical theme etchings. The scabbard was produced with a engraved lighting bolt pattern or had a hammered finish. The so-called 1st Model, actually a Model 1929, was equipped with a round pommel top. After 1938, Naval Dirks received a pommel change which depicted a closed-winged eagle which clutched a wreathed swastika. These dirks are often found with a portepee, i.e. a decorative tassel wrapped about the grip.



NVL12 #37630C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Deluxe Grip, Hand Chased Scabbard, Portepee and Damascus Blade

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is one of the most beautiful examples you will ever see. It is in nearly full Mint condition throughout and has all of the extra upgrades that were available at the time.

The hilt mounts are exceptional, being constructed of high quality brass with nearly 100% of their original gilded finish. These mounts appear to be the variety that was produced by Carl Eickhorn, but in the case of a special order dagger such as this one the mounts may have been purchased by the Damascus smith.

The pommel is a beauty, with all detailing to the bird's head and breast feathering and good, raised wreath with a mobile swastika inside. The crossguard features the traditional fouled anchors on both sides and the arms are decorated on both sides with acanthus leaves. The crossguard ends have good, accented buttons with nipples in the center.

The genuine Elfenbein grip is in outstanding condition. This grip has no cracks or chips anywhere. The obverse has a light golden color with some attractive grain evenly spread through the surfaces. The reverse of the grip is slightly lighter in color and has an interesting faint line that runs down the center, perhaps caused by the presence the portepee.

The portepee is a most impressive silver bullion example tied in the Naval reef knot. It is in perfect condition, exactly matching the fine condition of the rest of the dirk. The slide and stem have the distinctive “V” pattern, and the lower ball is of yarn-like bullion thread with a “cat's anus” insert.

The scabbard is similarly remarkable. It is completely hand chased with a pattern that I can't recall ever having seen in the past. It consists of a series of floral designs set in panels with curved, raised border around them. These floral embellishments seem to be laurel with large size berries. The center area between the two bands has a pebbled oval design. The lower portion of the scabbard has more of the laurel-like floral designs, and a smaller oval mimicking the larger one seen above. A good portion of the original gilding remains on the surfaces of this scabbard; it is very beautiful indeed!

The scabbard bands feature an “X” shaped design, as well as more laurel leaves that jut outward from this marking. There are exaggerated berries in the upper and lower portions of this “X”. The eyelet is also hand engraved to flow with the rest of the scabbard designs. The rings have small, hand-engraved laurel leaves with nice accents to the veins. The throat is retained by two dome head brass side screws.

The blade of this dagger is a hand-forged Damascus example in a Maiden Hair pattern. There are a few swirls in the design at the ricasso areas as well as the inner areas of the double ridges. This blade is in perfect condition, and the pattern-welded designs immediately attract the eye of the viewer. The tip on this blade remains needle-like.

The reverse ricasso of the blade has the blade lock but is otherwise unmarked. The tang of the blade is stamped with the producer, Dinger; his initials are stamped into the metal, “P+D”. The original blade washer is a red felt example, with some wear to the lower edge but basically still intact.

A splendid Naval Dagger here, which would easily be a highlight in an advanced Naval collection.

Near Mint. $8,750.00

NVL12 #37637C Naval Assault Dirk with Nazi Pommel – Puma

This original Naval Assault Dirk is extremely rare and only the second or third example I've ever had the privilege to offer over the years. These remarkable daggers were considered for adoption by the Puma company in their 1939-40 catalog and they were described as “Model #8”. The Puma firm made a few of these daggers but apparently sales were slow and with the war breaking out the apparently decided to discontinue the piece. As a result there are probably no more than a dozen or so of these daggers in existence. This example has a Nazi pommel on the top in the 1938 changeover pattern. Apparently the original owner of this dagger did not like the original ball top and replaced it with the standard example that all of his fellow officers were wearing.

The hilt of this dirk is essentially the same as I show in my Navy Book on page 362. The scabbard bands are identical to the examples I show on page 361.

If you are not familiar with the 1938 changeover pommels you can see two examples on page 230 of my Navy book which are identical to this example. This example also exactly matches the gilded finish and level of wear of all of the remaining pieces of the dirk. This outstanding pommel in in the form of an eagle who looks to the left, with full detailing to the bird's eye, beak, neck, talons, recessed wings and wreath area. The swastika is in the center of the wreath, nicely rendered in relief. The majority of the original gilding is intact on this pommel, being at least 90 to 95% intact.

The unique crossguard on this crossguard is identical to the example I show on page 362 of my book. It features an obverse center block with a one-of-a-kind eagle with half-open wings that have a squared off look to them. The bird clutches a mobile swastika. On the opposite side of the guard the center block has the traditional fouled anchor which is randomly pebbled in the background.

The blade release button is the style which has been drilled, rather than the notched type. The button works well and is complete.

The quillon arms are quite special as they are large at the center and taper to teardrop ends. These arms are further decorated with a floral pattern which is bordered throughout the design. The original fire gilding is still present in the backgrounds of the floral designs, giving a muted contrast to the brighter gilding on the surfaces of the rest of the hilt. Overall a really beautiful design here.

I took a look inside of the of the hilt and, of course, the pommel is not numbered as we believe it would have been added by the original wearer at a later date. The lower portion of the guard as well as the butt plate are stamped “20” with the very small numbers used by the Puma firm. The blade tang is also stamped with the same small “20”.

The grip of this dirk is also in perfect condition. It is constructed with a carved wooden base with a celluloid covering. The celluloid has toned to a nice ivory color, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. It is interesting to not that these Puma grips the tang clearance hole at the top is square rather than round, a good tip for those of you out there if you're even looking at a Puma Assault Dirk.

The scabbard is a real beauty, have a deep, hammered finish. The scabbard is in full Mint condition, having nearly 100% of the original gilded surfaces. It is further enhanced by the unique bands that are sometimes used on these Assault Dirks; we also sometimes see them with roped knot type bands. These special bands are the same as those shown in my Navy Book on page 361. They resemble Army style carrying bands, having overlapping oak leaves with acorns. The gilding is also all there on these bands. The carrying rings are plain and also have some of the original gilded finish remaining. The throat is held in place by two flat head side screws which appear to be steel with an old gilded finish.

The Puma Assault Dirks I have dealt with in the past have always had plain blades, and the same is true here. The blade is still bright and shows only the most minor traces of age. It is fashioned with double fullers and a ricasso. The tip is still needle-like.

The reverse ricasso is stamped with the familiar diamond shaped logo of the Puma firm, complete with the usual cat head. The location city, “Solingen”, can be seen below the diamond. The original reddish felt washer is in place.

This is an opportunity rarely offered for those out there that are assembling an advanced Naval collection. Original Naval Assault Dirks rarely come up for sale and as such are the very definition of a good investment. This piece has all of the condition you could want coupled with the fact that it is 100% original. This is your chance to acquire a dagger that almost no one else has!

Near Mint. $14,575.00

NVL12 #37621C Model 1872 Kriegsmarine Applicanten Dirk – E. & F. Hörster

This beautiful Kriegsmarine Applicanten Dirk is an outstanding condition that belies its considerable age. The hilt is basically a one piece unit, with the grip and crossguard of a single brass casting. The gilded finish throughout the hilt still appears to be in 100% condition. The pommel portion of the grip is rounded and is positioned to the left side. The combined backstrap and pommel run vertically down to the crossguard. On the left side of the grip there are ribs, built into the casting, which act as a hand grip.

The crossguard has a smooth center block on the reverse, while on the obverse center there is an intricately rendered Imperial crown. The crown has three domed shields at the front, with fine simulated finials rising up to hold an orb topped with a cross. The guard quillons are shaped not unlike a bowling pin, and are rounded at the ends.

Below the center block is a separate piece consisting of a folding clamshell. This clamshell bears a raised-out, detailed fouled anchor with random pebbling scattered around it. This anchor has very realistic ropes around the anchor shaft and flukes. I also note that the number “01” is stamped on the reverse of the clamshell fitting.

The scabbard is of leather which has been decorated with twin lines that run down the edges of both sides. The reverse has sewn-up seam. The leather throughout is still extremely supple and shows little age. The scabbard mounts are plain, the upper example having a long lug for the attachment of a frog. The lower mount has twin lines decorating the obverse. Both have scalloped edges where they meet the leather shell, and are retained by numbered staples.

The 13 inch blade is really a pleasure to gaze upon. It is in nearly complete Mint condition, being a slab-sided type with a ricasso. It is double etched. The etch is in new-like condition, with 100% of the original frosted backgrounds. The lower etch depicts a fully-rigged sailing ship, ensigns flying and bearing down on the viewer. Above this, in the center, is an Imperial crown set atop a fouled anchor. The etch ends with floral designs as well as a cannon, drum, and standartes.

The reverse etch also has the sailing ship, this time off the ricasso. This ship has visible portholes and even a smoke stack sticking up through the masts, which is the type of hybrid ship in use during this period of German naval history. In the center is an Imperial crown over a fouled anchor. The etch ends on the upper area with a cannon, standartes, and a trident. A very beautiful blade here, and quite historic with the striking etches of the time.

The ricasso is stamped with the producer of this examples in tow lines, “E. & F. Hörster / Solingen”. The original brown leather washer is in choice condition, in place and still protecting the blade after all these years.

Applicanten Dirks are extremely difficult to find; they were worn by candidates circa 1872 and onward. Around the turn of the century, paymasters also adopted these Applicanten style dirks, however they usually has much more elaborate mounts than this plain and simple type. If you are working on an Imperial Naval collection, this example will make an outstanding addition. You are not likely to find an better conditioned dirk.

Near Mint. $2,500.00

NVL12 #37636C 1902 Naval Officer's Dirk with Deluxe Grip, Damascus Blade and Chased Scabbard

The simple act of holding this 1902 Naval Officer's Dirk is stimulating; one cannot help appreciate the beauty of this piece. It is a short style dirk, measuring about 14½ inches overall. It is in outstanding condition throughout, with literally no flaws.

The dirk is constructed of finest quality brass. The pommel is the extra-cost type, with the raised, serrated edge finials. These finials gather at the top, supporting an orb which is in turn topped with a simulated cross. The open area beneath these finials is hand checkered and has little dots in each square. The eight panels that run around the pommel are all beautifully rendered, having raised, pebbled borders that contain alternating crosses and Prussian eagles.

The crossguard is also a matching beauty, having fouled anchors on the center blocks of both sides. The anchors are raised and nicely detailed, with hand applied pebbling in the backgrounds. The quillon arms are the four sided types that end in stylized, bell-shaped capstans at the end.

The grip is a tremendous Elfenbein example. This grip has toned to a golden color and is in nearly perfect condition throughout. There are a few small hairliners that run down the edges of both sides giving the grip the kind of character we like to see.

The scabbard is completely dent-free and shows little evidence of usage, if any. This scabbard has a hand chased design which features a bow motif above the upper band. Below the upper band and on both sides of the lower band are hand engraved oak leaves which are positioned side by side and run around the entire scabbard. These oak leaves have also received hand enhancement on their veins. At the bottom of the scabbard the oak leaf motif is continued with the addition of three beautifully rendered acorns with hand checkered caps. The lower chape has an additional oak leaf. Even the button below has the oak leaf bottom extended to it. Some terrific work here! The scabbard bands have fluted surfaces which run north to south with a raised border on both edges. In the center are raised, overlapping oak leaves which run throughout the band. The eyelets also have hand carved oak leaves, as do the carrying rings.

Drawing the blade is a real pleasure. This blade is a very fine Damascus example, with double fuller construction and a ricasso in the shape of a “V”. The Damascus is in the Maiden Hair pattern and is quite beautiful, being slightly different than we normally see. The blade is completely free of age and remains in Mint condition. The original red felt buffer is in place below the crossguard.

I haven't taken this dagger apart as it is very tight and it would be a shame to loosen the mounts. There is no point in looking inside as this dagger; is what it is.

Near Mint. $4,725.00

NVL12 #37645C 1848 Prussian Naval Dirk

The 1848 Prussian Naval Dirk was the first official pattern introduced for wear. The next 100 years of naval dagger designs are based on this 1948 pattern. If you are not familiar with these daggers I suggest you read the chapter in my Imperial book that details them; there are several pieces shown there that are similar to this dagger. In particular the piece shown on page 12 is nearly identical except for the shape of the grips.

This dirk has a ball pommel decorated with very highly detailed cattails and reeds. These reeds have lots of hand-enhanced detail and this pommel is much nicer than those we see used in 1919. The pommel sits atop a series of cresting waves that are in very high relief, also better than those seen from 1919 onward. The pommel is peened over at the top so the dagger cannot be taken down.

The crossguard is the familiar Imperial capstan type, being the first time this design was used. The crossguard consists of a fouled anchor center block on each side. The anchors are highly raised and the rope has been hand-enhanced. Even the shank of the anchor has had hand-enhancement. The backgrounds have random pebbling. The quillon arms are four-sided and flare out at the ends with capstans. These capstans are very crisp and sharp, moreso than the later Imperial style.

The grip is a beautiful genuine Elfenbein which is most probably hand carved. This grip is baluster shaped; it is thicker at the top and thins towards the bottom. There are six ribs cut into this grip. It has toned to a beautiful golden hue on both sides and is slightly lighter on the edges where there are cracks on both sides, giving fine character to the Elfenbein.

The scabbard is also unique to this Prussian dirk. It is nice and straight throughout, having only a couple of the most minor traces of wear. The basic pattern is that of lightning bolts. It has the same sort of palmettes above and below the carrying bands that we see on later dirks, albeit slightly smaller. The same is true at the lower portion of the scabbard where there are rising lightning bolts, with ermine feet below and acanthus leaves at the very bottom. It is interesting to note that the ermine feet go all the way around the scabbard, as do the bolts and the leaves. This is not the case on later issues. The bands are in the guilloche style, again slightly smaller than we normally see. The guilloche style simulated ropes lashed to a pier. The eyelets are small and plain, as are the carrying rings.

The one totally unique aspect of these '48 pieces is the fact that the lower chape is shaped somewhat like an ear. The borders are nice and thick and well defined. If you aren't familiar with this aurifom design you can see a couple of specimens on page 11 of my Navy Book.

The blade of this example is typical of the '48 pattern. It measures 9¼ inches in length and is the style with a center fuller, double edges and a short ricasso. The plain blade is a polished type. It does have some minor age pitting in the few places but overall is it still mostly bright and given the age grades at about Excellent Plus. The release lock was not the type we see later on, but is actually a small piece of steel fashioned into an S-frame that binds against the scabbard throat. One end of the lock is contained within the hilt. The blade has a nice red felt buffer.

These '48 Dirks were worn until the 1860's until there were too many instances of their being used in bar room brawls, et cetera, and they were banned. After the 1902 Pattern Dirk was approved by the Kaiser many of the older officers elected to get their old 1848 Pattern out their sea trunk and wear it again. If you are a naval history buff and a serious collector of Naval Dirk, in my estimation a collection that does not contain one of these pieces is missing one the start of it all! A good investment here, and a very sound, collectible example.

Near Mint. $5,825.00

NVL12 #37673C Imperial Half Size Mess Dress Naval Dirk – W. K. & C.

This diminutive Mess Dress Naval Dirk is extremely beautiful and delicate. It measures only about 9¾ inches, yet it complete with all of the details seen on its larger counterpart. It was most likely meant to be worn as part of evening or dining dress when a full sized dirk would have proved too cumbersome. This dirk amazing detail throughout, and the gilded surfaces are 100% intact. A picture of a similar dirk can be seen in the Johnson/Wittmann Imperial book on pages 67 and 68.

The pommel cap is an absolute stunner; it has very high serrated finials which act to support a cross-topped orb. The upper portion of the pommel below the finials is diamond checkered with dots punched into the center of each figure. The eight domed shields which ring the pommel are also of extreme detail, having raised pebbled patterns around each border as well as alternating designs of crosses and Prussian eagles. The workmanship is absolutely fabulous.

The crossguard is the capstan type, also displaying superior workmanship. The center blocks both have detailed fouled anchors with random background pebbling. The four sided quillon arms stretch outward to end in bell-shaped capstans which are also hand-enhanced.

Completing the outrageous spectacle of the hilt is a genuine Elfenbein grip. This grip has six sections and spirals downward and to the left. It is in superb condition with no flaws anywhere, and is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire.

The scabbard is an exact miniature of the Imperial Naval lightning bolt design. It has stamped palmette designs over and under the carrying bands. The lower portion of the scabbard bears the traditional lightning bolts, ermine feet, and pointed, highly detailed acanthus leaves. Even the edges above the acanthus leaves also have ermine feet stamped into them. The bands are high off the surface of the scabbard and in the guilloche style, simulating the look of looped rope. The eyelets are plain surfaced and are equipped with miniature carrying rings.

The magnificent blade is nearly 5 inches long. It has high quality, nickel-plated surfaces with a needle-like tip. The blade has a center ridge formation rather than the double fullers we see on the full size version. The ricasso is fairly long, and is stamped with the early W. K. & C. Knight Head trademark. This early stamping dates this dirk to somewhere around the turn of the last century. The original, new-like brown leather washer is in place.

If you are looking for something gorgeous and jewel-like to add to your desk or perhaps display with other Imperial Naval artifacts, this little dirk is a real head turner. I believe that these W. K. & C. Mess Dress pieces are the the most delicate and beautiful of the dirks made during the period. A real treasure here!

Mint. $4,075.00

NVL12 #37669C Half Size Mess Dress Naval Dirk with Third Reich Pommel

The Half Size WKC Dirk has always been a very popular item with serious Naval collectors. WKC made these pieces beginning in the Imperial period continuing unabated through the Wiemar Republic. They only made a few during the Nazi period, this example being one of them, and is considered ultra-rare. I know of only a couple of these examples that survived. This piece is more or less identical to the piece that I show on page 508 of my Navy Book. The dirk was most likely intended to be a desk ornament, but the craftsmanship, balance, and attention to detail is so perfect that it would not be impossible for one of these dirks to have been worn to a gala accompanying a dress uniform.

The dirk measures just about 11 inches in length. The pommel is an incredible example, with full detailing to the eagle. The bird has the half-opened wings with excellent simulated feathering. The head has a highly detailed eye, and the beak which points to the viewer's left. The breast of the bird has been hand-enhanced and checkered. The talons are also hand-enhanced, grasping a wreath with a raised mobile swastika. Some amazing work here, which is just as incredible on the reverse of the pommel. An extremely rare sight here, which few of us will ever get to see.

The crossguard is the Imperial capstan type, as the WKC firm never revised this design. The only changes they made to these small dirks was to the pommel, which evolved as the regimes rose and fell. This guard has a beautiful gilded finish and features fouled anchor center blocks. The quillon arms are the four sided type which flare outward into capstan ends.

The grip is most beautiful, being a very, very dark orange. It remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted gilded brass wire.

The scabbard is a lightning bolt variety, with bands in the more Imperial style. This scabbard is the same as the piece I show on page 508 of my Navy Book. The scabbard is stamped palmette designs over and under the carrying bands. The bands are the raised variety, having fluted surfaces running vertically and with a border. Raised out of the bands is a design of oak leaves and acorns. The lower portion of the scabbard bears the traditional lightning bolts, ermine feet, and pointed, highly detailed acanthus leaves.

The blade is a full Mint plain type, having double fullers and a needle-like tip. It has a high quality nickel-plated surface and is quite beautiful. These blades were also offered in a etched design, as was the case with the example I show on page 508 of my book. The obverse ricasso has the deeply stamped Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm.

This is a golden opportunity to acquire one of the rarest of all Third Reich produced edged weapons; one not to be missed, wallet permitting!

Near Mint. $6,475.00

NVL12 #44718C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Hammered Scabbard - E. & F. Hörster

This 2nd model naval is in outstanding condition and a very desirable dagger. The textbook hilt mounts are of very fine brass. The pommel still has much of the original gilded finish being about 80 percent on the reverse and a little less on the obverse but really looks great with the gilt shining out of the recessed areas and in particular the swastika within the wrath. The pommel eagle's head has fine details showing little to no wear. The crossguard is also a fine example having traces of gilt. It is mostly covered by the original to the piece portepee.

This portepee is the nylon type that has turned a nice golden tone. It is set in place in the double reef tie and has some fray where the cord comes out of the knot but it is not bad. The slide and stem have the "v" designs and the lower insert is the cat's anus type. The off white grip is a very fine example in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire having some of the dagger's age still showing in the deep rib recesses beneath the wire.

The scabbard is as nice as they come. It is completely straight throughout and has just about 100 percent of the original gilt over the fine hammered pattern. The bands are outstanding examples having fine overlapping oak leaves and acorns. It is interesting to note that the upper band has the oak leaves facing to the left and the lower band has the oak laves facing to the right towards the eyelet. The eyelets are nicely rounded having plain surfaces. The throat is retained by two brass dome head screws.

The double etched blade has extremely fine nickel plated surfaces. The nautical etch is in pristine condition with 100 percent of the frosting in the backgrounds. This blade is easily in full mint condition with its needlelike tip. The obverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location E. & F Hörster Solingen. Inside is a large H letter with the smaller HS letters having a sword penetrating them. The original off red felt buffer is in place having one nip in the edge but otherwise in good condition.

An extremely nice original hammered scabbard version here.

Mint Minus. $1,795.00

NVL12 #44733 Depot Marked 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This naval dagger is quite interesting as it most likely started it's life in the early 1930's. It is equipped with a 1937 changeover pommel as originally this dagger would have been equipped with a round pommel. The changeover pommel is a beauty with outstanding detail to the eagle throughout and featuring the highly vaulted wreath with swastika in the center making these pommels easily recognizable. The crossguard is a standard Eickhorn type having fine gilded surfaces. The guard is the style which has no release button and the crossguard is not cut out for the button. This was a feature that Eickhorn offered which was a money saver. This dagger would have been purchased by the navy and would have been issued to a naval NCO so the navy was not interested in spending extra money.

The grip is a fine off white example being in perfect condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. The scabbard is also a very fine example being a lightning bolt pattern and having lots of gild still remaining around the bands throat and also in the recesses of the acanthus leaves at the bottom of the scabbard. The lightning bolts are finely struck as are the ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The bands are the early figure eight type which only have the knot on the obverse side. The eyelets are also cut to simulate rope and they contain the two carrying rings. The throat is retained by two brass screws. The throat at the reverse upper area is property marked "O. 737". The O would stand for Ostzee which represented the harbor at Kiehl.

The blade is a plain example without etching which again was a money saving feature. It is still bright having double fuller construction however there are some age spots that are evenly spread throughout the surfaces. On the reverse ricasso the blade is also matching stamped "O. 737". In addition there is a naval eagle with the capital letter "M" stamped below representing marine. A matching marine stamp is also on the top of the scabbard throat plate. The ricasso is also stamped with the early 1934 through 35 trademark being double ovals with a squirrel in the center having the initial "CE" below the animal. The original blade buffer is gone from this piece.

All in all a most interesting piece and if you are collecting naval types a depot piece so marked is always a desirable feature.

Excellent. $1,295.00

NVL12 #44719C 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This naval dagger is complete with all textbook Eickhorn mounts. The hilt mounts are of fine highly detailed brass. The pommel features a outstanding eagle having great detail to his breast feathering and wreath. The swastika contained within the wreath still retains its original fire gilt and looks very effective gleaming out of the wreath. The crossguard is the standard Eickhorn variety featuring fouled anchors on both of the center blocks. The crossguard arms are decorated with acanthus leaves ending with enhanced button ends with a centered nipple.

The off white grip reflects celluloid over a carved wood base. It is in perfect condition throughout and tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. Decorating the hilt is a very fine nylon naval portepee. The knot is expertly tied in the double reef manner and is nicely set in place. This portepee has no fray being in perfect condition. The scabbard is straight throughout and features the standard lighting bolt pattern. The stampings are excellent to the palmettes lightning bolts ermine feet and acanthus leaves below. The scabbard bands are in nice condition showing little wear featuring overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the serrated type showing mild wear to the serrations. The throat is retained by two dome head brass screws.

The double etched blade is a real beauty being in full mint condition. It reflects highest quality nickel plated nautical scenes which are enhanced with 100 percent of the frosting in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with the 1941 style trademark featuring the over the shoulder squirrel. There is a leather washer in place which normally would not be seen on an Eickhorn as this company used a brown felt buffer but at least there is a washer there.

A very nice dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,350.00

NVL12 #44656C 2nd Model Naval Dagger - P. D. Lüneschloss

It is not often that we see Lüneschloss naval daggers so this piece should be of interest to those out there that are collecting naval types. The pommel is a very example of highest quality brass. It features a well detailed eagle head with excellent breast feathering. The swastika is nicely set in the depths of the wreath. The matching crossguard features square center blocks with fouled anchors. The acanthus leaves on both sides of the crossguard are nicely done and the guard ends with enhanced button ends featuring stand out nipples in the center.

The scabbard is a hammered type. This scabbard shows quite a bit of usage but it is straight throughout. The hammering appears to be hand done rather than done by machinery. The carrying bands are also interesting as both are the figure eight type band however the example on the upper portion is slightly different than that of the lower portion. My best guess would be that the lower band somewhere in this daggers life was lost and therefore replaced. The replacement however is absolutely period as this lower band has been there forever. It is interesting too that the throat has no screws which retain it and it may even be built into the body of the scabbard.

The blade is a double etched variety which features the sailing ships scenes. it is still bright having a mild amount of age but no pits or any problems. This blade still grades at least excellent plus. The etchings to the sailing ships and fouled anchor on the obverse side are excellent and very very visible. All of the frosting still remains in the backgrounds. The tip also remains needlelike. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the early fireman' style helmet with a sword going through the center of it.

We do no see this trademark very often making this a very desirable dagger for those of you out there that are collecting types. The original brown leather washer is in place.

Excellent. $1,350.00

NVL12 #44589 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is a textbook Eickhorn example.

The pommel is beautifully done, with fine detailing throughout the eagle. The crossguard features fouled anchor center blocks and acanthus leaves on guard arms. These quillons has button ends with crisp nipple tips.

The off-white grip is a made of carved wood covered in perfect celluloid. It is tightly wrapped with brass wire, with eight decades of residue trapped in the recesses.

Wrapped about the hilt is the original aluminum portepee. This portepee is in a double reef knot which has not been undone since the war. It remains in nice condition, with just a touch of wear on a few portions of the knot.

The scabbard is a fine lightning bolt example which retains about 98% of the original gilded finish. It is perfectly straight throughout and deeply stamped with palmettes, lightning bolts, acanthus leaves, and ermine feet. The carrying bands have highly detailed overlapping oak leaves and crisply serrated eyelets. The scabbard throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The double etched blade has a fine nickel plated surface. The etchings are well done with good background gray enhancing the raised finish. There is just the slightest of age in the backgrounds but otherwise the blade is in very fine near mint condition. The tip remains needlelike. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935 through 41 squirrel trademark. The original brown felt buffer is in place.

A very nice Eickhorn naval dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

NVL12 #44618C Naval Honor Pommel with Diamonds

This naval honor pommel was one of the examples that were left over at the end of the war as they were never used for anticipated orders of honor daggers which did not materialize. These pommels were given to Jim Atwood in the late 70's. The pommel comes with original letters sent to Atwood by Helmut Eickhorn stating that the pommels were made by his father with much care with the diamonds and according to special orders given to his firm. He further states he wants 600 francs for each pommel. According to the letter 20 pieces were given to Jim Atwood. This example is one of the original pieces. As most collectors are aware there were special honor daggers made for naval officers such as U-boat captains and in one case a torpedo boat captain who had already won Knight's Crosses with Swords and the dagger was thought to make for something special to further award these gallant naval people. As far as we know there were approximately 17 of these daggers at least that is the amount we currently know of. It's possible there are still more to come to the attention of the collecting community. The honor pommel is slightly larger than a normal naval pommel and has beautiful detail to the bird's head open wings breast area talons and wreath. The platinum applied swastika is set with 17 rose cut diamonds. The pommel is also threaded for insertion on to a tang. I have sold a number of these pommels over the years but it has ben some time since I have had the opportunity to offer another one. This one is specially significant because it comes with the original Eickhorn to Atwood letters not just copies which I have had in the past. A very beautiful item here and a special addition to any advanced naval collection. If you have a copy of my naval book I cover in a chapter the naval honor daggers and I also feature one of the leftover pommels in color on age 432. This pommel we are offering is identical to the one pictured in the book.

Mint. $6,995.00

NVL12 #44583C Gilded Aluminum Naval Pommel

We know that there a few naval daggers that were made by the Carl Eickhorn firm that were made of all gilded aluminum. Eickhorn was experimenting with using aluminum for production and we have seen other daggers in the past such as RAD leaders which were also produced of aluminum by Eickhorn. The pommel that we are listing here is of all aluminum construction with beautiful gilt plating. The pommel does not appear to be an Eickhorn and quite honestly I looked through many pommel types and I can't identify the maker of the pommel. It is extremely beautifully designed and it is also possible it may be some type of prototype. The wings and vaulted wreath with swastika have a close look to the pommels used to replace the ball tops in 1938 but again not the exact look. This pommel is 100 percent original and perhaps the next owner of this piece will be able to identify its producer. In the meantime it is a very beautiful thing and would make a nice addition to an advanced naval collection.

Mint. $350.00

NVL12 #44556C 1872 Naval Applicanten Bayonet - Carl Eickhorn

This Model 1872 applicants piece is in nice overall condition. Apparently it was made during the war as the base metal of both the hilt and scabbard mounts is steel. All of the gilding is still on all of the parts with only a little ear through showing on the reverse crossguard area. The hilt of these applicants bayonets is a one piece unit having a built in grip having finger hold going up to a pommel which is smooth and round and curves to the left. The tang is retained by a round shaped ball on the top. The crossguard center area feature a raised imperial crown which is nicely detailed. The crossguards themselves are bowling pin shaped items which go outward increasing in size and having rounded ends. Below the crossguard is a folding hinged clamshell which depicts a raised fouled anchor. The scabbard shell is of black leather having design edges running the length of both sides and it is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are a matching gild finish the upper one being plain with the exception of a carrying lug and the lower one having twin decorative horizontal lines on the obverse only. Both mounts have scalloped ends and are retained by staples. The blade measures just about 13 inches. It is a triple etched type having nautical scenes which on the obverse convey a sailing ship at the start with a centered crown over anchor finishing with crossed cannon drums and standartes. The reverse etch is similar but slightly different angles. The blade still remains bright having only a couple of very mild age spots. This blade still grades in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the imperial vintage back to back squirrels having the Carl Eickhorn firm's initial beneath the animals "CE". This is a very nice condition basic applicanten bayonet and is quite rarely seen today. It would make a nice addition to any naval collection especially if you are also interested in the imperial era pieces.

Excellent. $1,895.00

NVL12 #44314 Named Imperial Naval Dirk

The outside of this naval dirk is in extremely fine condition. It is a high quality example and exudes outstanding preservation. The brass pommel cap is the imperial crown style with high raised finials which contain an orb at the top. The finials still have their crisp edges. Beneath the finials the top of the crown is beautifully hand checkered with dots in the center. On the edges the crown displays the domed figures of alternating crosses and Prussian eagles. Some of the original gilt still remains in this pommel recesses. The matching crossguard is of equal quality also having some original gilt. The crossguard is decorated with fouled anchors in the center squares. The depiction is extremely nice having random pebbling in the backgrounds. The blade release button is the style that is drilled into the crossguard however the screwed in upper portion is gone to time but it is still easy to work the button with the remaining lower stem. The crossguards are beautifully shaped flaring outward to capstans at the end. The grip is the higher cost type and also is in beautiful condition having nice grain and darkening to the inner ribs giving the viewer a fine contrast. Attached to the hilt is the original to the piece naval portepee. This portepee is a beauty being a silver bullion type having speckled decorations of black and red in the bullion. The slide and stem have the v-shaped braiding and the lower ball is a beauty being of all silver bullion having the stuffing of red whit and black. The knot is tied in the naval reef knot pattern and shows no wear. When I acquired this dagger from the family the portepee was wrapped around the two scabbard rings and I took the liberty of tying it properly. This portepee remains in mint condition and is definitely original to this dagger. The scabbard also has much of the original gild remaining. It is a lightning bolt variety and it is completely dent free. This scabbard displays the palmettes over and under the carrying bands and at the bottom are lightning bolts with ermine feet and pointed style acanthus leaves that have been hand enhanced throughout. The scabbard bands are the style that simulate rope around a piling and the detail throughout is still excellent showing little wear. Attached to the bands are smooth eyelets and matching brass rings. The two original bras screws are in place. On the reverse the scabbard is professionally engraved with the surname of the original owner being "v. Bendemann". I looked this officer up and he is a Oberleutnant zur See Felix von Bendemann. He was born in June of 1885 and joined the navy in 1909. He was comissioned aboard the Grosser Kurfürst where he was a warrant officer in July of 1915. The records also show that he left the navy in July of 1915 so there would seem to have been some kind of a problem here. This would also account for the nice condition of the outside of this dagger. Further looking into this officer I find that his father was an imperial admiral Felix von Bendemann who was a noted hero in the navy during the Franco-Prussian war. It seems rather odd that the son of such a successful naval officer would have had such a short career. Perhaps one of our professional researchers could look into this and find out what happened as it is perplexing. Unfortunately the fine outsides of this dagger do not extend to the blade. The blade is a double etched example with high center ridge on both sides. The etching appears to have had the usual nautical scenes of ships et cetera but there has been quite a bit of pitting that has come in to the surfaces and tends to ruin the blade etch. Unfortunately this blade only grades as good. If the blade were really nice this would result in a very expensive dagger due to the extraordinary condition of the outside as well as to the original owner. Here is a good opportunity to acquire a nice imperial dagger with the goal in mind of finding out what caused this officer to leave the Kaiserlichemarine at such an early time especially when Germany was in the middle of the Great War then. An interesting piece here priced accordingly.

Excellent. $1,895.00

NVL12 #44137C Deluxe 2nd Model Naval Dagger - WKC

This is a very beautiful 2nd Model Naval dagger, with some outstanding, extra cost elements in its design. Apparently the dagger begin life with the old-style round pommel which was upgraded in 1938 to the eagle and swastika variant.

This pommel is a real beauty, having fine gilding and a really dramatic look about the wings and talons of the bird. This pommel is identical to the 1938 upgrade example I show on page 230 of my Navy Book. This pommel shows little wear and it has a great look.

The crossguard is a early WKC version. Instead of a notched release button this example has one that was drilled into the center. The guard itself has very nice gilding that matches the pommel. It features fouled anchor center blocks, fine acanthus leaves on the quillon arms, and button ends with crisp nipples.

The grip is the deluxe, extra-cost type which remains in beautiful condition. It has the desirable age ages we like to see, and a slightly lighter color on the obverse than the reverse which has a fine golden tone. This expensive grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

Accenting the piece is a very fine, original gold bullion portepee, in the proper Naval tie. it shows no wear or use. The stem and slide are woven and the golden lower ball has a insert of lined material. A very beautiful know here, and the first of its type I have ever seen.

The scabbard is a fantastic thing. It is completely straight and has been luxuriously hand chased. The designs are absolutely gorgeous. There is an upper panel of what appear to be olive leaves and another with a floral pattern and a curlicue. A wave-like design, along with more leaves, appears at the bottom. Between these designs the surface has been hand accented. The bands have been mad to match these designs, with raised dots and curlicues. The eyelets too are hand engraved, as are the carrying rings. This workmanship must be seen to be believed, and is further enhanced by much of the the original gilding. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws set a bit further down than is typical for a WKC scabbard. I suspect this type of scabbard may have been made by a specialist firm specifically for custom orders; I've seen Eickhorn daggers with equally ornate scabbards.

The early WKC blade has the Sailing Ship etch and remains in pristine condition, with 100% of the frosting intact; this etch really jumps off the blade. The obverse features floral patterns, a fouled anchor, and a fully rigged sailing ship on a bed of sea plants. The reverse is nearly identical, omitting the fouled anchor. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original blade washer is in place.

A tremendous 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, certain to be a highlight of any collection.

Near Mint. $5,895.00

NVL12 #44139C Model 1919 Naval Dirk with Single Hanger

The Model 1919 Naval Dirk is a relatively rare edged weapon. It is often referred to as a "Mourning" dagger because it was produced with a sombre black grip and scabbard, presumably to reflect the dark times after Germany's defeat in the First World War. The Kreigsmarine decided to abandon the Crown pommel used during the Kaiser's reign, returning to the 1848 variant which is where the round pommel began its like.

This 1919 pommel is decorated with reeds and cattails set atop a cresting wave. On this particular piece the pommel is made of brass and has been peened to the tang so that the tang cannot be taken apart.

The crossguard is matching brass and is the thinner style we see on earlier pieces. It features a fouled anchor in the obverse center block, the reverse block having foliage and a circle in the center that looks like it could have been used for a push-button release. This dagger does not have a push-button, although the lack of one is common in daggers of this vintage. This was a cost cutting measure as Germany was dead broke after the war and further bled dry by the Treaty of Versailles. The guard arms have good acanthus leaves, button ends, and crisp nipple tips. This crossguard design replaced the capstan type used during the Kaiserzeit.

The grip looks to be mad of black horn, or possibly back celluloid of a carved wooden base. Since the dagger does not come apart it is hard to tell. It is also interesting in that the grip only has five ribs, less than we normally see. It is tightly wrapped with a very small gage twisted wire.

The scabbard is made of steel and has been painted black. The scabbard tapers slightly along the length and ends in a ball chape. It remains straight and the original paint is quite bright and not in bad shape at all. It is equipped with a single figure eight carrying band which is decorated with rope-like designs that extend to the eyelet and the carrying ring. The throat is retained by a pair of steel dome head side screws.

The blade of this dirk is 8 1/4 inches long, cut down from an older vintage blade. It is etched and remains fairly clear, with a fouled anchor and sailing ship and one side and only the ship on the other. Looking at the blade it is easy to see were a workman had trimmed down the edges and the ricasso so it would fit the bayonet-like scabbard. These conversion methods were often used during this period as money was very thin on the ground, and it is not uncommon to see reworked blades dating from this time. The blade also has a blade release mechanism which acts to keep the dagger tightly in place but does not actually lock it.

Along with the dagger is a nice, Naval style blue web belt. This belt has only a single hanging strap, being of black leather and having a lion mask buckle. This buckle is silvered rather than gilded but apparently this is the way this dagger was worn. There is also a steel regain chain connected to the belt which would have been another money saving feature; normally they were made of more expensive brass.

This is a very rare dagger. If you understand the history of this piece the difference in quality from later pieces makes perfect sense. The 1919 Model is often missing from most Naval collections. If you are intrigued by these most interesting daggers you can read all about them on pages 181 and 182 of my Navy Book.

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00

NVL12 #44140C Model 1844 "Amazon" Naval Dirk

The Amazon Naval Dirk was one of the first examples carried by sailors who were training aboard German naval ship. Germany did not have a navy at that time for the simple reason that Germany as country did not exist. They did however build a sailing ship known as the Amazon to use as a training ship to develop future sailors for a navy. The trainee sailors aboard the Amazon were very young men referred to as pupils. They were issued a dagger that we call the Amazon pattern today and there will be differences in those that still exist.

This particular example is only 12 inches long. The pommel is round type which was to simulate cattails and reed and is positioned over cresting waves. The tang is peened through the top of the round pommel.

The crossguard below does incorporate the capstan type that was used later on. This guard has center panels which feature fouled anchors and the crossguard arms are shaped with four sides. The quillons are in the shape of capstans. There is a ferule above which is decorated with two sets of twin lines. The grip is a wood base which is covered with twisted wire. There are a couple of small spots in the grip where there are a couple of lumps but other than this the grip is in nice condition.

The scabbard is a brass example done rather simply having hardly any taper towards the tip. It has been decorated with accent lines obviously done by hand and they appear just on one side. The eyelets are very small brass units with brass carrying rings. The blade is a rather crude type extending 8 inches. It is rounded on the surfaces and is double edged although the edges are not at all sharp. It is also blunted at the tip. The reason for this was that the Germans were afraid of very young boys having sharp tip dirks as problems could occur so the blunt tip served to keep these measures in check. This identical dagger appears in a naval book written by Hermann Hempe and the late Victor Diehl called Deutche Marine Dolche. The books shows this identical Amazon dagger in color on pages 38 through 42. It is also suggested that you refer to my naval book on pages 1 through4 where I show a couple of different of different Amazons and in particular there is an example on page 4 which also has the same blunted tip as this dirk and otherwise is also very similar. The Amazon dirks are extremely rare and are a key piece for those of you out there that wish to assemble a naval dirk collection. The first official naval dirk did not come out until 1848 with the Prussian navy so these Amazon daggers precede that date this the reason there are some differences between them.

A great opportunity here for the person who appreciates true naval history.

Excellent. $3,495.00

NVL12 #44141C Model 1890 Long Naval Cadet Dirk - W. K. & C.

This Naval Dirk is the long type used by cadets in the 1890's.

The pommel is the ball type, decorated with cattails and reeds over a cresting wave. These ball pommels were used again in the 1920's, in many cases replaced the Kaiser's Crown ball type. This pommel is steel as opposed to brass as a cost cutting measure, and the original gilding has all worn away.

The Imperial style guard is made of brass with fouled anchor center blocks. The guard arms are four sided and flare out to capstans at the ends.

The deluxe grip is most beautiful, with the fine hairline cracks on both sides that these grips naturally develop. The obverse has fine "grain" in it and the reverse has toned to a nice golden hue.

Wrapped about the hilt is a fine gold portepee having some wear to the cord. It is not bad, however, and the knot is in the traditional Imperial Naval tie. The slide and stem have a "V" weave and the lower ball is a gold color material. There are a few strands missing from the ball cap. The ball is stuffed with textured colored cloth.

The long scabbard is the lightning bolt type, with palmettes over and under the bands, along with lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves at the bottom. The scabbard shows quite bit of surface wear and has a few carrying dings. The bands are the rope style which seem to be wrapped about a piling. The eyelets and rings are plain.

The long blade measures 13 ½ inches. It is plain, with a nice center ridge and double edges. The tip remains needle-like. The ricasso is stamped with the distributor marking, "G. B. & S." set under crossed swords. On the other side is the early 1890's Knight Head trademark used by the W. K. & C. firm. The blade lock is the style with a small angled steel nib which catches the inner scabbard throat. The original blade washer has been lost to time.

A nice, original Cadet example here.

Excellent. $2,695.00

NVL12 #43869 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Hammered Scabbard & Bullion Portepee - Alcoso

This Alcoso 2nd Model Naval Dagger is a beautiful, high quality piece. Unfortunately there is a small crack on the grip which is a problem but frequently seen on Naval daggers these days. It seems that at least 1 in 4 Naval pieces I come across have a cracked grip; it's almost as common as the almost universally cracked grips seen on Shooting Cutlasses. Sadly this kind of cracking is almost unavoidable, as the carved wooden grip will inevitably experience shrinkage, with the attendant damage to the celluloid coating. Collectors who torque down the pommels on these daggers don't help much, either.

The grip itself (apart from the crack) remains good looking, with a nice golden tone and tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. There is a lot of grime trapped in the recesses of the wire and the ribs.

This is an early dagger, produced prior to 1938 when it would have had a ball top pommel. The ball top pommel was made obsolete and replaced in 1938 with the eagle type. This replacement pommel has very fine detailing throughout the eagle and a nicely vaulted wreath and swastika. This swastika has a bit of buggering on the legs, but this wear doesn't prevent you from seeing what it is.

The crossguard is the unique Alcoso type with the diamond feature on the reverse center block. The obverse of the block has a standard fouled anchor. The guard arms remain in nice condition, with fine acanthus leaves. The quillon ends are more square than a standard example, with crisp nipples.

Setting off the hilt of this fine dagger is the original silver bullion portepee. This portepee has toned to a rich gold color and remains in the original double reef tie. It really looks great on this dagger and has no fraying anywhere. The silver bullion ball has the "cat's anus" stuffing.

The scabbard is also extremely nice, having a rarely seen hammered finish. The peening is very deep and the bands are decorated with very crisp oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the Alcoso type having inserted sleeves to reduce wear from friction. It is interesting to not that the ring has worn into the sleeve set into the top eyelet. The hanging rings are peened to match the scabbard. The throat is retained by a pair of brass screws.

The blade of this dagger is quite exciting, being in fully mint condition and having the desirable Sailing Ship etch. These nautical etches have 100% of the background frosting, making them really jump off the blade. The obverse depicts an anchor and a sailing ship on a bed of sea plants. The reverse has an even larger sailing ship but omits the anchor. The reverse ricasso is marked with the 1937-39 Alcoso Scales trademark and the original red felt buffer is in place, showing a little wear to the edges.

A great, textbook, deluxe quality Naval Dagger here, rarely offered.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

NVL12 #43854 2nd Model Naval Dagger - E. & F. Hörster

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is down to the brass surfaces throughout, without any trace of the original gilding remaining. Presumably it was well used during the period.

The pommel eagle is excellent, with fine detailing and a nicely vaulted wreath and swastika. The crossguard is also nice, with the standard fouled anchors on each side of the center block, good acanthus leaves, button ends, and crisp nipples.

The grip is one of the later, molded types. It has a very small crack on the reverse, visible on the second rib from the bottom. There are also traces of the mold lines on both edges. This grip is tightly wrapped with thin gage brass wire.

The scabbard is a lightning bolt type. Even though the gilding is totally gone it remains straight. The palmettes, lightning bolts, and ermine feet remain crisp, and the bands have a fine patter of overlapping oak leaves. The eyelets are the usual serrated type. The throat is retained by a pair of brass screws.

The blade is double etched in the Sailing Ship pattern. Although this blade remains bright there is some pitting on the center ridge on both sides. The etch itself remain quite nice all things considered, with all of the original frosting in the backgrounds. The obverse depicts an anchor and a sailing ship on a bed of sea plants. The reverse has an even larger sailing ship but omits the anchor. This example is stamped with the familiar Hörster H trademark, and the original brown felt blade buffer is in place, showing wear to the edges.

A good 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, with some period wear and tear. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $895.00

NVL12 #43472 Late 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn piece is fairly late but still has the quality, all-brass mounts throughout.

The pommel is classic Eickhorn, with good detailing still intact. The crossguard is the usual fouled anchor type, with raised acanthus leave son the quillons and good button ends with crisp nipple tips.

The off-white celluloid grip remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The lightning bolt scabbard is free of dents. The acanthus leaves, lightning bolts, palmettes, and ermine feet are all crisply stamped. The carrying bands feature overlapping oak leaves and have finely serrated eyelets.

The blade of this example is a plain type. It remains bright and has double fuller construction. There is some modest age in the surfaces but the tip remains needle-like. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the "Over the Shoulder" Eickhorn Squirrel trademark used after 1941, and the original brown blade buffer is in place.

A good, plain example here, and reasonably priced.

Excellent. $795.00

NVL12 #43545 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn (over-the-shoulder logo)

This fine Naval dagger is in well-preserved condition and is extremely collectible. The pommel and cross guard are of quality brass mounts, still having good gild to the brass finish. The pommel has good detail to the half-open wings as well as to the raised wreath with swastika. The cross guard features the fouled anchor center designs, with raised acanthus leaves decorating the cross guard quillons. The end buttons show little wear and are finished with nipple ends These mounts are identical to the examples I show in my Naval Book on Pages 263 and 266. The grip is a carved wood covered with off-white celluloid. The celluloid remains in perfect condition and is wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The straight scabbard is the lightening bolt variety having excellent detail to the engraved palmettes, lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves at the lower. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns and are equipped with triple-serrated eyelets, still being in crisp condition. The throat is retained by two dome-head brass screws. The scabbard is the same as shown on Page 266.

The double-etched blade is as nice as they come. It has outstanding nickel-plated surface retaining 100% of the frosted backgrounds. The etch features the standard fouled anchor variety This blade remains in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the over-the-shoulder trademark being identical to Page 266. The original tan felt blade buffer is still in place, however, a little less than one half of it has gone to time.

A fine Naval dirk here showing some period usage, but still remaining in very collectible condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

NVL12 #43544 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This fine collectible Naval dirk is a classic Eickhorn. The pommel and the cross guard are made of finest brass still having the original gild in the recesses. The pommel has excellent detail throughout the eagle with its raised-out wreath with swastika. The cross guard features the usual fouled anchor design in the center blocks with good acanthus leaves that flow outward on the quillon arms. The button ends have good detail with nipples at the at the center ending. The off-white grip is a carved wood base with perfect celluloid covering. The hilt mounts are identical to the ones I show in my Naval Book on Pages 263 and 266.

The straight scabbard shows a little mild carrying time, still having gild around the bands and the throat area. The designs are all nicely stamped to include the palmettes, lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves below. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves showing little wear. The eyelets are the triple-serrated type, still being crisp. The throat is retained by two dome head brass screws. The scabbard is identical to the one I show in my Naval book on Page 266.

The fouled anchor etched blade is completely bright throughout. The background frosting nicely highlights the raised work. The obverse blade is full mint. The reverse is mint except for a couple of minor age marks at the tip area. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 squirrel trademark. The original tan felt blade washer is in place.

A nice dagger here showing mild usage, but speaks of the time.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

NVL12 #39690C Imperial Heavy Naval Dirk

This immense and most beautiful Heavy Naval Dirk is extremely desirable and missing from most Naval collections, as Heavy Dirks are very rarely seen. In their day they were much more expensive than a standard Naval dirk, and, times being what they were, they were often passed over by frugal mariners for a more reasonably priced example. If you are not familiar with these dirks I show a number of them in my Imperial book on pages 68 through 84.

This outstanding piece measures nearly 17 inches long and all of the mounts are of large (almost oversized) proportions. The hilt is equipped with a large and beautiful pommel that has extended finials. These four finials act to support a royal orb and cross at the top. The upper portion of the pommel is finished with diamond shaped engravings. Running around the pommel are eight panels which alternate between depictions of crosses and Prussian eagles. The panels with the crosses are slightly larger than the eagle panels. The detailing throughout this pommel is superb.

The crossguard is also quite oversized. It features large center blocks that have highly detailed fouled anchor designs. The area around the anchors has been finely pebbled. These guards are four-sided and liberally embellished with fine floral patterns. The quillon ends are in the shape of capstans.

Attached below the guard is a hinged flap which acts to lock the dirk into the scabbard. The scabbard is equipped with a male prong which exactly fits the hole that is drilled into the flap.

The grip of this dirk is an extremely impressive, deluxe example. It has nine ribs, all of which are in perfect condition with no chips or splits. These ribs are tightly wrapped which a skein of three silver wires, the center strand being twisted.

The very long scabbard is not as elaborate as some of the others I’ve seen in the past, but it is still quite impressive. Instead of palmettes it has long floral patterns which I have never seen before; these flowers almost look like morning glories. There are also little accent dots in the brass, almost imparting a look of motion to these fine floral designs. At the lower portion of the scabbard are a series of lighting bolts, floral designs, and a set of ermine feet. The lower chape ends in an elaborate stepped design. The scabbard shows some traces of wear but has no dents or dings and it remains in very good condition. The bands are the guilloche style that simulate naval hawsers tied around pilings, while the eyelets have smooth edges and a serrated center. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The large large blade of this dirk is just shy of 12 inches long. It is interesting to note that this blade is a fine, artificial Damascus example in the Large Roses pattern. The blade remains in mint condition, having the usual dual fullers traditionally seen on Naval blades. Presumably the original owner of this dirk opted for the less expensive artificial Damascus blade as a cost cutting measure after spending a princely sum on the heavy style dirk! The blade is buffered by a wide leather washer which is original to the piece.

If you are a serious Naval collector this piece is represents an opportunity to acquire an ultra-rare, original example at a reasonable price. It is a very beautiful dagger that is sure to bring a smile to your face with its immense size and historical importance.

Excellent Plus. $10,000.00

NVL12 #43173C Imperial Naval Paymaster's Bayonet

This rarely encountered edged weapon is extremely beautiful and in very, very fine condition. The workmanship represent the best available at the turn of the last century. The gilding on the hilt remains about 95%, which is very good for such an old dagger.

The hilt of the bayonet is gilded brass. The left side is has grooves to afford a good grip. There is a built-in pommel and backstrap. The backstrap is decorated with sprigs of oak leaves and acorns, with obvious hand enhancement throughout. Atop the pommel is a beautiful high-raised Imperial crown, complete with chiseled finials and an orb. The detailing throughout the pommel is extraordinary, with exceptional alternating panels featuring Prussian eagles and crosses. There is a lot to study here!

The crossguard is the Imperial "capstan" type. Sometimes on these Paymaster pieces we see guards that look more like bowling pins; given the differences we can assume the type of guard may have been an option left to the purchaser. The guard has wonderful raised fouled anchors in the center block. The block has a raised border and pebbled backgrounds. The guard arms are four-sided and end in stylized capstans.

Below the crossguard is a hinged, folding clamshell. This clamshell is just slightly elliptical, featuring a beautifully detailed fouled anchor with hand-enhanced ropes and set on a pebbled background. The reverse is fitted with a hinged flap blade lock. A "12" is stamped on the inner area of the lock and the clamshell.

It is interesting to note that this bayonet is personalized with the name of the original owner, "W. Burmeister", neatly and professionally scribed. I tried to look him up in the Imperial rank list, but there were no Burmeister's with a "W" initial listed as a Paymaster.

The scabbard shell is constructed from black leather. This leather remains in very fine condition, showing little age, and is decorated with twin edge lines. It is sewn up the rear. The mounts are also a work of art. Both mounts are scalloped where they meet the leather and very finely peened; this is the smallest, closest peen I have ever seen. On the obverse and reverse are finely rendered oak leaves, and the chape is festooned with detailed, enhanced acorns. The chape ends in a ball that also has designs around it. The upper mount is fitted with a carrying lug. The gilding on these mounts matches the hilt perfectly.

The blade of this bayonet measures nearly 11 inches long. It is amazing how bright it is, given the age. The nickel plating is outstanding, with only a few minor rust spots on the spine that aren't very noticeable. The blade features a shaded panel on both sides, each with a crown over a fouled anchor. At the ricasso is a fully rigged sailing ship, complete with ensigns, and the top has a military motif with cannons and the like. The spine is decorated with laurel leaves. The etching throughout is extremely nice. The original red felt blade buffer is in place.

If you are looking for a very rare Imperial piece, this is for you; the condition is outstanding and it can even be researched! A first-rate and very scarce piece here.

Excellent Plus. $3,395.00

NVL12 #43028 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is a classic Paul Weyersberg piece; we don't often seen Naval pieces from this firm, so it should be desirable to those of you of there that collect "types".

The pommel and crossguard are made of fine brass. Both show some wear but overall remain in nice condition. All of the checkering on the breast of the bird is crisp, as does the raised swastika and wreath of oak leaves. The crossguard features the usual fouled anchors on each side and acanthus leaves on the quillon arms. The guard arms end in buttons with large nipples in the center.

The grip is off-white which almost looks like ivory, being nicely toned. Other than a tiny hairliner at the obverse bottom rib this grip is perfect, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. This wire has trapped years of residue between the wire and the surface of the grip.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It does show signs of wear but nothing objectionable. It features the standard lightning bolt pattern engraving, along with the usual palmettes, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. The carrying bands are raised out components featuring overlapping oak leaves. This bands show only minor wear. The eyelets are the triple serrated type show minor surface wear as well. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head brass side screws.

The bush-putton release is the style that is drilled into the crossguard, rather than the notched type.

The double etched blade remains mostly bright, with some minor age but nothing too bad. The original etch also shows some wear but mostly it can be seen with a little close study. It is a standard fouled anchor etch. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Weyersberg Sword & Wheat Stalks trademark, and the original brown leather blade washer is in position.

A textbook Weyersberg piece here, with some minor period wear but still in collectible condition.

Excellent. $995.00

NVL12 #43175 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Plain Blade - Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is one of the late war examples, showing much usage and lots of history.

The pommel is nicely formed, with good checkering to the eagle's breast and a crisp wreathed swastika. The crossguard features the standard fouled anchor center blocks, acanthus leaves on the guard arms, and button ends with nipple tips.

The grip is carved wood covered in celluloid. The celluloid on this example remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard shows age and carrying wear. There is no denting but there are plenty of signs this dagger has been around. It features the standard lightning bolt pattern engraving, along with the usual palmettes around the bands, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves at the bottom. The bands have overlapping oak leaves and remain sound. The tripe serrated eyelets show some mild wear. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass side screws.

The blade is a plain type with twin fullers on each side. It remains bright and has a fine, needle-like tip; it is nearly mint. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the "Over the Shoulder" Squirrel trademark used by Eickhorn after 1941, and the original red felt blade buffer is in place.

A good late war 2nd Model Naval Dagger here at a reasonable price.

Excellent $795.00

NVL12 #42264C Imperial / Weimar Short Naval Dirk with Damascus Blade

This delicate Naval Dirk is a real eye catcher, and missing from most advanced Naval collections.

The ball top pommel has outstanding detail to the engraved reeds and cattails. These are positioned over cresting waves, which form a collar at the bottom of the pommel. Most of the original gilded finish remains.

The crossguard also has most of the original gilding. It is an Imperial "capstan" type, with raised fouled anchor center blocks and randomly pebbled backgrounds. The guard arms are four sided, ending in stylized capstans.

The grip of the dirk is a constructed of carved wood with a celluloid coating. It has toned to a very pleasing off-white color. There is a very small hairline crack running through two or three of the obverse ribs, but it is barely noticeable. The rest of the grip is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is quite interesting as it only measures 6 ½ inches long. It does not appear to have been cut down, but looks to have been made this way. It is decorated with palmettes on either side of the bands. There is a short area that is plain, changing to lightning bolts and vague ermine feet towards the bottom. The band is has very straight edges on the overlapping oak leaves. The serrated eyelet retains a gilded carrying ring. I believe that this dirk was made more as a desk example than one to be worn as it does not balance proper when held by the ring.

The blade is a gorgeous thing, being fine Damascus in the Small Roses pattern. There is no doubt that this blade was long when it was forged, having been cut down to accommodate the short scabbard. The Small Roses pattern is very pronounced and as good as you will ever see. The blade has double fullers which run to the tip, a clue that it was once longer. This blade is unmarked and I did not remove the grip to check for stampings, but I suspect it was made by one of the Imperial masters. I did not want to risk a further crack in the grip by taking it apart. The blade remains in mint condition, with a needle-like tip. The original red felt buffer is in place, with a little edge wear but still sound.

A very beautiful little dirk here, and a perfect additional to an advanced Naval collection... or perhaps a very expensive letter opener!

Excellent Plus. $3,795.00

NVL12 #42553C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Yellow Grip and Hammered Scabbard - WKC

This WKC 2nd Model Naval Dagger is an extremely desirable variation and in very, very fine condition.

The hilt mounts are textbook WKC examples. Perhaps about 50% of the original gilding remains on the protected areas. The eagle is beauty, with lots of good detailing and little wear.

The guard has the standard anchor center blocks and fine acanthus leaves on all four sides of the quillons. The ends are grooved, with crisp nipple tips.

The grip is quite beautiful, being the color of an egg yolk; this shade is very rare to see! The solid celluloid remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

Decorating the hilt is the original (and unusual) Naval portepee. It is bicolored in brown and silver, and tied in what looks to be an attempt at a reef knot. I have chosen to leave it alone as it appears to have been in this tie for many, many years. There is no fraying whatsoever on this fine knot. The slide and stem have the usual "V" weave of bullion. The lower ball has toned to a brownish color and has a textured stuffing. A really neat knot here!

The scabbard is quite beautiful, being the hammered type produced by WKC with very fine peening. About 95% of the original gilding remains. The bands are high off the surface, with fine overlapping oak leaves. The eyelets are typical WKC, with engraved oak leaves.

The double etched blade is as nice as you will see. It remains in mint condition, with higher quality nickel plating and a needle-like tip. The Fouled Anchor etch is nicely accented by the 100% intact gray backgrounds. Th obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original red felt blade buffer is in place, with just a little missing from the upper edge.

A wonderful WKC 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, waiting to grace the next appreciative owner's collection.

Mint Minus. $2,495.00

NVL12 #42316 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn 2nd Model Naval Dagger shows period wear but remains in good, collectible condition. The brass mounts has lost most of their gilding but none of their detail.

The pommel eagle remains crisp throughout. The guard is also in nice condition, with fine fouled anchor center blocks, acanthus leaves, and crisp nipple tips.

The grip is a standard, carved wood type covered in celluloid. The obverse is perfect while the reverse has just the slightest hairline crack on the bottom rib. This would be easily be completely covered by a portepee. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard shows some minor wear but remains straight. It is an engraved example, with good detailing to the palmettes around the carrying bands. The lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves remain in good condition. The bands show only minor wear to the overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The triple serrated eyelets has good carrying rings.

The double etched blade remains in good condition, being just the slightest bit gray. There are no pits or problems and the detailing remains good throughout the nautical etch. The tip is needle-like. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown felt blade washer is in good condition, with a tiny nip on the edge.

A good, basic 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, with honest period wear but still collectible.

Excellent. $995.00

NVL12 #42184 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger has fine, textbook hilt mounts. The pommel eagle is a standard Eickhorn type, with fine detailing throughout. The crossguard features the standard fouled anchor center blocks and quillon acanthus leaves. The quillon ends have crisp nipple tips.

The off-white grip is constructed of carved wood covered in perfect celluloid. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The original aluminum portepee remains in excellent condition, having no fraying. It is tied slightly different than the norm, but this adds an interesting look and is absolutely original.

The scabbard is a fine hammered example. The hammering is exceptionally well done and the gilded finish remains quite good. The bands are decorated with overlapping oak leaves and acorns, and the eyelets are the serrated type. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The mint blade of this dagger is a very fine Fouled Anchor type, with a bright surface and a needle-like tip. 100% of the original frosting remains in the backgrounds of the etching. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the "Over the Shoulder" Squirrel trademark used by Eickhorn after 1941.

A very fine Eickhorn example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00

NVL12 #41992 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Daggers shows evidence of some time in wear, but for the most part the original gilding is intact. This dagger looks to have never been cleaned and has a light patina, but this could be cleaned up by the next owner if so desired.

The pommel is a standard Eickhorn type, with excellent detailing throughout the eagle and wreathed swastika. The crossguard has the usual fouled anchor center blocks, acanthus leaf quillons, button ends and crisp nipple tips.

The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in perfect off-white celluloid and tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. There is much residue trapped in the ribs, a testament to the history and age of this piece.

The original portepee is present, set in a Double Reef knot. It shows some fraying where it exits the tie, but is not too bad. The stem and slide have the usual "V" weave bullion, and the ball stuffing matches the strapping.

The scabbard is a very fine example, engraved in the lightning bolt pattern. It remains straight throughout. There are fine palmettes around the bands, and the usual lightning bolts, ermine feet, and deeply stamped acanthus leaves on the body. The bands have crisp overlapping oak leaves, as are the serrated eyelets.

The blade of this dagger is a double etched beauty, in the Fouled Anchor pattern. All of the original gray backgrounds are intact and highly the design nicely, and the tip remains needle-like. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the "Over the Shoulder" Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, indicating that is was produced after 1941. The original brown felt blade buffer is in place.

A nice, untouched 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, recently acquired from a veteran family.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #41486C Model 1929 Naval Dagger

This early dagger has much appeal and is of highest quality throughout.

The brass ball pommel has fine detailing to the reeds and cattails. The matching crossguard remains new-like, with fouled anchor center blocks and acanthus leaves on the quillon arms. The quillon ends have crisp nipple tips and scribed lines.

The grip of this dagger is solid yellow celluloid, which is unusual to see. The color is quite pretty; normally we see white grips so this one is a quite a pleasure to see this shade of butterscotch. The grip has a fine sheen and remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with a pair of twisted wires. We sometime see this from the Lüneschloss firm, so perhaps they produced the dagger.

The hammered scabbard is as straight as an arrow. The hammering is extremely well done, extending down to the ball chape. The scabbard is fitted with figure 8 knots which appear on the front of the bands, while the reverse bands and eyelets have a rope-like design. The hanging rungs are plain, and the throat is retained by a pair of brass dome head screws.

The blade is plain as we often see on this type of dagger. It has double fullers, outstanding, high quality nickel plating, and a needle-like tip. The original green felt buffer is in place.

A beautiful Naval dagger here, and a great piece to if you need a 1st Model for your collection.

Near Mint. $2,595.00

NVL12 #39819 GI Market 1946 "Naval Dirk"

This "Naval Dirk" is a great find, being made postwar for sale to our GI's as a souvenir. More than once have I been offered them by GI's who swore they were war vintage... but now we know the truth, as you will see.

This dagger is constructed of what appears to be pot metal, although it might be brass; it's hard to say. The pommel has a standard eagle and swastika design and looks to be a changeover example from 1938, most likely used up by the factories at the end of the war. It has nice detailing and is deeply toned.

The crossguard is interesting example as it has no blade release button slot. The detailing throughout the center blocks, acanthus leaves, and nipple tips is terrific as it was never actually used.

The grip is wood covered with off-white celluloid, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is straight throughout, with a great finish and most of the original lacquer. It is constructed of gilded steel, in the lightning bolt motif. The fact that there are no eyelets and the carrying rings are welded directly to the bands betray this piece as a post-war creation. The bands are high off the surface and the throat is retained a screw in the reverse center. It is interesting to see the original side holes are present, although they are empty. Apparently they were part of the manufacturing process and simply left in place.

The blade is a fine, mint example, with a double fuller and no etching. The tip remains needle-like. It is nicely produced, although the blade lock slot was left in place despite there being no blade lock! The original leather blade buffer in place.

What makes this dagger remarkable and interesting to the Naval collector is the fact that this piece comes with the original certificate issued to the GI, one Corporal Anthony J Kessler, Jr, dated 22 May 1946. This certificate clearly states Kessler was in possession of the dagger and that it was in fact purchased in a Germany factory specifically making souvenirs for the Allies! This certificate is signed by an Air Corp captain has has an official rubber-stamped seal.

So now we know the true history of these mysterious, oft-questioned daggers beyond a shadow of a doubt. A great item here, perfect for the die-hard Naval collector.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

NVL12 #41316 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This outstanding Eickhorn example is in extremely nice condition. It has textbook factory fittings throughout. Most of the gilding is intact on the pommel and the crossguard.

The pommel has fine detailing, with good breast feathering on the eagle and a finely gilded swastika that shines out from within the wreath.

The crossguard has the standard fouled anchor center blocks, acanthus leaves, and lined quillon arms with crisp nipple tips.

The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in perfect off-white celluloid. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire with a little bit of age reside trapped between the ribs, something I always enjoy seeing.

Wrapped about the hilt is what appears to the the original aluminum bullion portepee. This knot is in the proper Double Reef tie, and shows no fraying whatsoever. The lower ball is stuffed with a textured material, and the slide and stem have a fine "V" weave.

The scabbard is as straight as an arrow and retains nearly all of the gilding; the obverse is nearly 100%, while the reverse has some missing between the two bands where it no doubt rubbed against a tunic. This kind of thing really talks to you! The bands are nicely formed, with good oak leaves and acorns and the serrated eyelets remain crisp. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The double etched blade is a good as you will see. It has fine nickel plating, a needle-like tip, and a beautiful fouled anchor etch. The background frosting remains 100% intact. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the "Over the Shoulder" Eickhorn Squirrel trademark used after 1941, and the original brown felt blade washer is in place.

A very fine Naval piece here, with some period wear, but not much. It is a great collectible example.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

NVL12 #41258 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This piece was recently purchased from a veteran family. It is equipped with fine, textbook Eickhorn mounts.

The pommel does not have a lot of gilding left on it. It is a 1938 changeover type, so this dagger had a ball pommel at one time. This type of pommel has deeper recesses and the wreath and swastika are much more vaulted than a standard type.

The crossguard retains about 70-80% of the original gilding. It has the standard fouled anchor center blocks, acanthus leaves, and lined quillon arms with crisp nipple tips.

The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in off-white celluloid. The obverse is perfect, but the reverse has a crack running down from the third rib. This is shame; when I initially saw pictures of the dagger the grip was perfect, but it was not packed properly for shipping and was damaged in transit. There is no material missing, however, and at least it is on the back side.

The original aluminum portepee accompanies the dagger, set in the original tie. This portepee is the type with the thicker cord which is always a nightmare to tie yourself! It is tied slightly differently than normal, with a small loop at the end where the cord comes out. This gives it an interesting look but makes the knot very short. This seems to have caused it to fray when it was worn. The slide and stem also show slight wear. The lower ball has a "cat's anus" stuffing.

The scabbard is a standard lighting bolt type, with the attendant palmettes, ermine feet, and acanthus leaf decoration. There is a lot of original gilding in the areas that avoided hand and friction wear. The gilding is probably about 40% intact. The bands retains most of the gilding and have good oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets have good serrated surfaces with only modest wear. The throat is retained by a pair of brass dome head screws

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The blade of this dagger is a real killer. It is beautiful, being in 100% mint condition, with complete frosting and a needle-like tip. The fouled anchor etching is choice, and the reverse is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The original brown felt blade buffer is in place.

A nice dagger here if you can live with the crack in the grip. It is priced accordingly; this dagger would easily sell for $500 more were it not for the grip issue.

Excellent. $1,095.00

NVL12 #40851 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is in untouched condition and remains very collectible. It has textbook Eickhorn fittings throughout.

The pommel is in excellent condition, with fine detailing throughout the head and breast the bird, as well as a crisp wreathed swastika. The crossguards feature the larger fouled anchor center blocks typical of the Eickhorn firm. The guard arms has good acanthus leaves and fine button ends with crisp nipple tips.

The grip is a nice, off-white example which remains in perfect condition. It is wrapped with brass wire which has trapped many years of residue in the ribs.

The dagger is complete with the original aluminum portepee. This portepee remains in the Naval double reef tie, with some fraying on the top and bottom loops, as well as on the cord where it exits the knot. The slide, stem, and ball remains okay.

The scabbard is a lightning bolt example and is straight throughout. It has good stamping on the palmettes, lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves that make up the design. The bands are decorated with overlapping oak leaves and acorns, and the serrated eyelets remains crisp. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The blade is a beauty in the fouled anchor motif. It remains in mint condition, with a needle-like tip and fine detailing to the raised etch, which retains 100% of the original frosting. The reverse ricasso is marked with 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original felt blade washer is in place.

A good, basic Naval here, in collectible condition.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #40445C Imperial Naval Dirk with Damascus Blade - WKC

This very fine Imperial Naval Dirk is in outstanding condition. The scabbard and crossguard are constructed from brass, while a magnet reveals that the pommel is a gilded iron example.

The pommel is the good looking, open finial type. These finial are topped with an orb and cross. The detailing on the finials is very nice, as is the checkering below. There are eight domed panels on the sides of the pommel, which decorated with alternating Prussian eagles and crosses. Much of the original gilding remains over the iron base.

The crossguard is a very fine brass example. it has raised fouled anchor center blocks with random pebbling around the anchors. The crossguards are four sided and beautifully peened, ending in fine capstans. The guard also has a built in upper neck which accepts the grip.

The grip is a high quality, extra cost example. The obverse has toned to a beautiful gold, with lots of grain running through the ribs. The reverse is pretty much in the original white, with a few very minor age cracks along the edges. There are small chips on both facings of the bottom rib. They don't detract, however, are are in fact expected with this material. If anything they add some character. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is also a beauty, being completely straight. It has a high quality peened surface which makes the peening on the guard. This piecing extends to the lower shape button. The bands are nice, Imperial types, with a small border on the edges and layers of oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are interesting in that they have been peened to match the scabbard. The upper eyelet shows quite a bit of wear from the weight of the dagger. If you are like me you will enjoying seeing this, as it is evidence of the "life" of the dagger. The throat is retained by a pair of brass dome head screws.

Further adding to the pleasure of this wonderful dagger is the outstanding, genuine Damascus blade. This beautiful blade is in the "Maiden Hair" pattern and remains in completely mint condition. The pattern is extremely bold throughout and most impressive. The blade has the standard double fuller construction. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the famous Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, without the initials of the company. This trademark is the same as those used into the 20's and 30's, simply without the initials. The original leather blade washer is in place.

If you are looking for a really fine, deluxe Imperial Naval Dirk, this dagger hits all the marks. If the little chips on the grip bother you, they can easily be concealed with a fine Naval portepee. If you're really ambitious you might also want to add a set of Imperial hangers, which can be a real challenge to find!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,995.00

NVL12 #40419 2nd Model Naval Dagger - WKC

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger looks as if it was only rarely worn. It is in beautiful condition overall.

The WLC pommel has 100% of the original gilding, which is rare to see. The crossguard also retains of the original gilding. The fouled anchor anchor center blocks, fine acanthus leaves, button ends and nipple tips are all in very choice, crisp condition.

The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in off-white celluloid. This grip remains in perfect condition, with twisted brass grip wire. This wire is slightly loose around the center rib but this is at best an extremely minor flaw.

The scabbard is the lightning bolt type, completely free of dents and with nearly 100% of the original gilded finish. It shows only the slights traces of carrying time. The stamping to the palmettes around the bands is deep and perfect, as are the lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves at the bottom. The carrying bands ride high off the surface and are decorated with a pattern of oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the serrated type and show no wear. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head side screws.

The fouled anchor motif blade is a real beauty, with outstanding nickel plating that remains mirror-bright. The blade retains a needle-like tip and 100% of the frosting on the nautical etch. It is in full mint condition. The blade is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm and the original red felt blade buffer is in place. It shows only very modest wear.

An extremely fine 2nd Model Naval Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,695.00

NVL12 #40360 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is in very nice condition throughout, with classic Eickhorn fittings.

The pommel retains some of the original gilding, especially in the recessed areas. The eagle has a good checkered breast and the swastika is nicely vaulted out of the wreath.

The crossguard is a textbook Eickhorn example, with fine fouled anchor center blocks, detailed acanthus leaves, and fine button ends. The nipple tips are nice and crisp.

The grip is constructed of wood covered in fine, off-white celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is a completely straight lightning bolt type. It retains much of the original gilding; I'd say at least 90% of it remains intact. The engraved palmettes, lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves are deeply engraved. The bands are decorated with a pattern of overlapping oak leaves mixed with acorns. The eyelets are serrated and remain very crisp. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass side screws.

The blade is a very fine fouled anchor example, with excellent nickel plating. It would be in fully mint condition were it not for some very mild smudging on both sides of the ricasso. It is otherwise bright, however, with full frosting on the raised etch and a needle-like tip. The blade is stamped with the "Over the Shoulder" variant of the Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown felt blade buffer is in place.

If you are looking for a very fine Naval Dagger that won't break the bank, this example is a real bargain.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

NVL12 #40055C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Hammered Scabbard - WKC

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is in fine condition throughout, showing traces of normal wear but with absolutely no abuse and with all the detailing still crisp.

The pommel is a typical WKC type. The eagle has good detail throughout the head, breast, and feathering. The bird clutches a wreathed, vaulted swastika.

The crossguard has fine fouled anchor center blocks. The guard arms are decorated with acanthus leaves and the quillon ends have crisp nipples.

The grip is of carved wood covered in celluloid. This celluloid coating is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is a beauty, completely dent free and with a fine hammered finish. The color tone of this brass scabbard exactly matches that of the hilt mounts. The scabbard is equipped with high off the surface carrying bands decorated with overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets have hand engraved oak leaves, a detail we often see on WKC pieces. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The double etched blade is very nice, with highest quality nickel plating; it is easily in mint condition. The nautical etch jump off the surface of the blade as the gray backgrounds are 100% intact. A very fine Naval blade here. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the WC Knight Head trademark, and the original red felt blade buffer is in place.

A very fine hammered scabbard piece here, priced to sell.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #40014 2nd Model Naval Dagger - E. & F. Hörster

This Hörster 2nd Model Naval Dagger has lots of character, showing period wear and some pleasant age toning. Most of the gilding has long since left the brass mounts and they have a good patination evenly spread throughout.

The pommel is the early, 1938 changeover type, so we can assume this dagger was originally fitted with a ball top. This pommel is outstanding, having deep recesses on the wings of the bird and fine detailing throughout the head, breast feathering, and talons. The wreath is high off the central swastika.

The crossguard features fouled anchor center blocks and a pattern of acanthus leaves on the quillon arms. The button ends are in good condition, with good, large, crisp nipples.

The grip of the dagger is of carved wood covered in off-white celluloid. It remains in perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. It is interesting to see the residue of many, many years trapped in the recesses of the grip ribs; this is something I like to see on Naval daggers.

Wrapped about the hilt is the original aluminum portepee. It shows some fraying where it exits the double reef knot. This tie is tight as a drum and totally set in place; obviously this knot has never been off the dagger. The lower ball has the usual "cat's anus" style stuffing.

The scabbard is also a fine example, perfectly matching the toning seen on the hilt fittings. It is the lightning bolt type and has no dents anywhere. The stamping features palmettes around the bands, and lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves on the lower portion. The bands are nicely done, featuring a pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the triple serrated type. The serrations are still pretty good on the upper eyelet but is mostly worn off the lower. Again, this is a great sign of this daggers long and exciting life.

The blade is as nice as you could hope for, a real mirror-bright beauty with 100% of the outstanding nickel-plated surfaces and a needle-like tip. 100% of the gray backgrounds highlight the nautical etch. This blade really catches your eye when it is pulled out of the patinated scabbard. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the E. & F. Hörster "H" logo, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A nice Naval dagger here if you are looking one with both good condition and honest period wear.

Excellent. $1,250.00

NVL12 #39817C 2nd Model Naval – No Maker (WKC)

This 2nd Model Naval is in extremely choice condition. The pommel and the crossguard both retain 100% of their gilt finish and they virtually show no usage at all. The pommel is an outstanding example being the WKC format as is the crossguard. The pommel features the eagle looking to the viewer’s left with good breast checkering and fine half open wings. The wreath is grasped by the talons and features a vaulted swastika.

The crossguard is equipped with the two fouled anchors one in each center block. The crossguard arms feature finely detailed acanthus leaves. The button ends are nicely rendered with good nipples in the center.

The grip is a carved wood example being covered with celluloid. The celluloid has toned nicely to a desirable off-white color. This grip is in perfect condition and is wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is an absolute beauty. It is the lighting bolt variety and it has 100% of the gild and well as the original lacquer. The scabbard shows virtually no signs of carrying time. In fact the carrying rings still have their original gilt finish being a good sign this dagger was not carried. The lightning bolt scheme features palmettes on either side of the carrying bands and the bottom area has deep lightning bolts with ermine feet and acanthus leaves beneath. The carrying bands are the high off the surface WKC variety featuring finely rendered oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the triple serrated type showing no wear. The throat is retained by two dome head brass screws.

The blade of this example is the unetched variety. This plain blade is equipped with double fullers and has highest quality nickel-plated surfaces retaining its needle-like tip. Often when we see blades with no etching it is a sign that the dagger was ordered especially by the navy for use of high NCO petty officers. These petty officers were issued daggers and did not have to buy them as officers did. This was the reason the navy ordered them with plain blades in order to save funds. This blade is easily in stone mint condition. It is buffered by an in place off-red felt washer.

A beautiful plain blade dagger here and if you are a serious collector I’m sure you would want to have one of these to supplement an advanced collection.

Mint. $1,295.00

NVL12 #39641 2nd Model Naval Dagger – WKC

This 2nd Model Dagger was recently purchased directly from a veteran family. It is a classic WKC example in nice overall condition.

The eagle pommel has the tell-tale WKC head and nice feathering running down the breast. The wings are partially open and the talons grasp a wreath set with a raised mobile swastika.

The crossguard of this dagger has the usual fouled anchor center blocks, good acanthus leaves and fine button ends.

The grip of the dagger is of carved wood covered in celluloid. The celluloid has toned to a nice ivory color and remains in perfect condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire which has trapped 70 years of reside in the crevices.

The hilt is graced with the original silver bullion knot. The silver has long since toned to a golden hue and the knot is set in place in the original Double Reef tie. There is some wear on the sections of the cord which received hand and friction wear, but if anything they add some character. The stem and slide have the usual “V” pattern weave and the lower ball has “cat’s anus” stuffing.

The scabbard is a real beauty. It is completely straight throughout, with a fine brass tone that is consistent throughout the surfaces. The palmettes are deeply stamped, as are the lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. The bands are high off the surface and decorated with a pattern of oak leaves and acorns, while the eyelets are triple serrated.

The blade of this dagger is a choice example, with outstanding nickel-plated surfaces and good frosted backgrounds. It is double etched in the fouled anchor motif and is easily in full mint condition. The ricasso is stamped with the familiar Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original reddish felt blade buffer is in place. It shows some minor wear on one edge but remains in good shape overall.

If you are looking for a very nice Naval Dagger that has period appeal and is free of abuse, this example is for you.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #39293 Unissued 2nd Model Naval Dagger – WKC

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is a real beauty that does not look to have ever been issued. The mounts are textbook WKC, all with 100% of the original gilded finish.

The pommel is an outstanding example, with fine detail to the bird’s head and breast feathering, as well as a fine vaulted swastika that looks to be slightly brighter than the gilding on the wings behind it.

The crossguard is also very fine, with fouled anchors on both sides of the center block and fine fine acanthus leaves flowing out on to the quillon arms. The button ends have good detailing as well.

The grip of this example looks to have cracked from exposure to cold, something we see on this type of dagger. The crack is on the reverse upper rib; it is not bad but it is there. This happens as the wood beneath the celluloid coating tends to shrink over the years, leaving a fragile shell that is easily damaged by extremes of temperature. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is a lightning bolt type and it is absolutely glorious. It is completely mint, showing not a trace of wear or carrying time. The finish is 100% intact, with outstanding detail to the lightning bolt pattern. There are fine palmettes above and below the carrying bands, jagged lightning bolts at the bottom, and acanthus leaves at the chape. The carrying bands are the “high-off-the-surface” type, with finely detailed oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the triple serrated type.

As we would expect from a well preserved piece, the double etched blade is decorated with beautiful nautical scenes that retain 100% of the background frosting. The etch is the standard fouled anchor motif. The blade is mint, with a perfect needle tip. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the Knight’s Head logo of the WKC firm, and the original bright red blade buffer shows no wear of any kind.

A beautiful 2nd Model Naval Dagger here; it’s a shame about the tiny crack but the dagger is priced accordingly.

Mint Minus. $2,295.00

NVL12 #39172 1st Model Naval Dagger – Alcoso

This 1st Model Naval Dagger is a rarely seen example, representing a dagger that was mostl likely retired prior to 1938 when the swastika pommel was introduced.

The ball pommel is extremely detailed, adorned with the old reed and cattail pattern. Much of the chiseled detailing to cattails is still visible.

The crossguard is a standard Alcoso type, with a fouled anchor on the obverse center block and a diamond surrounded by floral designs on the reverse. This crossguard is the same that the example I show in my Navy Book on page 296. The guard arms on Alcoso pieces are actually squared, just like the images I show on page 297 of my button. The button is the style that is drilled into place and not the type held in by the butt plate.

The grip of the dagger is of carved solid wood that has been coated with celluloid. There is a small hairline crack that runs around the center ribs of the grip; it is not threatening, however, and no material is missing. The grip wire is extremely tight and there is no change of the grip deteriorating any further.

The scabbard is the lightning bolt style, straight throughout and with excellent definition to the stampings. Palmettes can be seen over and under the carrying bands while the lower portion is decorated with lightning bolts, acanthus leaves and ermine feet. It is interesting to note that the acanthus leaves on Alcoso scabbard are pointed at the bottom. Normally the only other example of pointed acanthus leaves we see are those on Imperial naval daggers. The carrying bands are high off the surface with overlapping oak leaves running towards the eyelets, the opposite of most other makers. The eyelets themselves are triple serrated and have a small internal sleeve that buffers the carrying ring. This scabbard is 100% Alcoso!

The blade of this dagger is extremely fine and in mint condition. It is double etched with a fine, needle-like tip. The etch is the very desirable Sailing Ship motif; the obverse is etched with a fouled anchor and the eponymous ship sailing on a bed of sea plants. The reverse eliminates the anchor and adds a second sailing ship, flying ensigns and sailing towards the viewer. The reverse ricasso is marked with the trademark used by Alcoso prior to 1939; a set of scales with the initials of the firm, “ACS”, interspersed. The original red felt blade buffer is in place.

If you are in the market for a classic 1st Model Naval Dagger it would be very tough to upgrade this fine piece.

Excellent Plus. $2,495.00

NVL12 #39275C Personalized 2nd Model Naval Dagger – WKC

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is in good condition, showing some modest evidence of wear but in sound, collectible condition overall. The pommel and crossguard are classic WKC examples, bring the same as though I show in my Navy Book on pages 273 and 274.

The pommel is in very fine condition, with full detailing throughout the bird and wreathed swastika. The crossguard features a fouled anchor on each facing and guard arms decorated with fine acanthus leaves. The button ends are also in good, crisp condition.

The carved wooden base of the grip is covered in off-white celluloid. The obverse is totally perfect while the reverse has a small crack the runs across the first rib into the second. This crack is not bad, however, and the tight twisted brass grip wire is holding everything together firmly.

The scabbard is straight throughout, in the lightning bolt pattern. Palmettes can be seen over and under the carrying bands while the lower portion is decorated with lightning bolts, acanthus leaves and ermine feet. The bands are excellent, with good overlapping oak leaves. The eyelets are triple serrated and remains relatively crisp. At the top obverse is stamped the surname of the original owner, “Frank”. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The fine blade is a beauty, in mint condition with a needle-like tip, perfect plating and a double etched Fouled Anchor motif. All of the background frosting remains, highlighting the raised details. The obverse is stamped with the Knight’s Head logo of the WKC firm. The “K” is slightly double stamped, something we see on WKC pieces. The original owner has taken the liberty of stamping his name here as well; it reads “Dr. Frank”. The stamping looks to have been done with individual dies and was neatly rendered. The surname coupled with being a doctor could lend itself to research, if the next owner was so inclined. The original red felt buffer is in place, showing modest wear.

A nice, personalized Naval Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn-produced 2nd Model Naval Dagger has the “Over the Shoulder” style trademark, indicating that it was made after 1941. The fittings and scabbard are constructed of quality brass despite the later vintage.

The pommel and crossguard are in excellent condition. The pommel retains about 90% of the original gilding and has excellent detail. The crossguard is the classic Eickhorn style, with good fouled anchor center blocks and excellent acanthus leaves on the guard arms. The quillons have fine button ends.

The grip is of carved wood covered in celluloid. This celluloid has turned to an off-white color and remains in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It shows some signs of usage but nothing bad. It features a fouled anchor with palmettes over and under the bands. At the lower section are patterns of lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. The bands have overlapping oak leaves and acorns, and show some modest wear. The eyelets are the triple serrated types and also show some wear. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The blade of this dagger is plain. Normally when we see plain blades it indicates that the dagger was issued to a petty officer. The blade has the typical dual fuller construction, and although it is bright is does have some even smudging throughout the surfaces. The reverse ricasso of the blade is stamped with the Eickhorn “Over the Shoulder” squirrel trademark. The original brown felt blade buffer is intact and in place.

A decent 2nd Model Naval Dagger here if you are looking for a plain bladed piece to pair with your etched example.

Excellent. $750.00

NVL12 #37953C Imperial Model 1902 Naval Dirk with Shortened Scabbard

We often see with Imperial Naval dirks shortened scabbards, as the original examples from 1890 where made with a standard length long scabbard. Rather than discard a long scabbard they were simply cut down. This identical piece can be seen in my Navy Book on page 103. In the scabbard this piece measures about 14 inches long.

The pommel is the style with high finials that have serrated edges. These finials support an orb and a cross at the top. The six domed shields that surround the pommel are all pebbled, alternating between designs of Prussian eagles and crosses. The pommel shows minor traces of wear. This pommel was pinned to the tang by the manufacturer and as such this dirk cannot betaken down.

The crossguard below features fouled anchor center blocks, and the four-sided quillons have panels filled with fine pebbling. The quillons terminate in stylized capstans.

The grip is a very pretty genuine Elfenbein, still being in perfect condition. There are some very attractive striations on both sides, with tones and gold and graining throughout the entire grip. This grip is wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard has been shortened to about 10 ¾ inches. It is interesting to note that the scabbard, at one time, was a lightning bolt variety. The bolts, however, have all been peened over. Further, the bands were once the guilloche style but they too have been peened over to match the shell. Even the eyelets and carrying rings have been peened. A very interesting scabbard here; it really speaks to you of the history of this dirk. The throat is retained by two dome head brass screws.

The fine Damascus blade is about 9 ½ inches long. It has a very nice, subtle Maiden Hair pattern that gently flows the length of both sides. The blade has double fullers and a ricasso. I see no age on this blade and it looks to be nearly mint to me. It is buffered by a red felt pad.

A very nice, historical piece here!

Excellent Plus. $4,945.50

NVL12 #37947C “Heavy” Naval Dirk – W. K. & C. / G.B. & S.

This extremely rare Naval Dirk is of immense proportions; it is about 1/3 again the size of a standard Imperial dirk. It measures close to 18 inches in the scabbard. These “heavy” types were available through the W. K. & C. catalog beginning in 1895. The could be purchased by virtually anyone qualified to wear a dagger, provided they had deep enough pockets to afford it! You can see some examples of this type of dirk pictured in my Navy Book on pages 66 through 77.

The pommel of this dirk is very large, having an open finial top. The finial arms are beautifully rendered, with notches running along the upper sections and terminating in a crown-topped royal orb. The area below the pommel cap is hand checkered. The pommel features eight dome-shaped shields running about the perimeter. Each of these shields has a beaded border, and alternately depicts a Prussian eagle and a cross. The pommel has a hole drilled into the collar area which once held a set screw. This screw is no longer present so the pommel easily screws out for a look at the tang; we'll talk about this a bit later.

The crossguard is also huge, featuring very large center blocks on both sides. Each block depicts an outstanding, raised fouled anchor and has a pebbled backgrounds to add a sense of depth. The guard arms are four-sided and end in stylized capstans. These capstans are nicely executed, with fine hand-applied accents.

The grip is of genuine Elfenbein. It remains in perfect condition throughout and is most impressive. It has a fine golden tone and is shot through with beautiful grains that run through the segments. It has no chips or problems, and is wrapped with a thick, twisted silver wire.

There is a fine portepee tied to the hilt. It has rather large proportions; it is most likely a sword portepee. This Imperial knot looks terrific on this piece, being just the right size to complement the large dimensions of the dirk. The cord is of silver bullion with specks of red and black running throughout. The slide and stem are of woven silver material, with a “V” pattern to the weave. The lower silver bullion ball has a stuffing of black, white and red threads.

The scabbard of this dirk shows some traces of use but has no dings or dents. This huge scabbard is constructed of very fine brass, and much of the original gilding clings to the protected areas around the throat and bands. It is in the lightning bolt pattern, with palmettes on either side of the bands. The lower area of the scabbard features stamped lightning bolts, ermine feet, and very large acanthus leaves that have all been hand rendered. The bands are rope-like, with a figure eight knots on the obverse and reverse. The eyelets also have the look of rope, as do the carrying rings. The throat is retained by two brass flat head screws.

The blade is also very large and constructed of very fine, genuine Damascus. The blade is in excellent condition throughout, having no pitting or problems, and being done in a fine, prominent Maiden Hair pattern. It has double fullers and a ricasso, and measures about 11 ¾ inches long. It easily approaches mint condition. The blade lock consists of spring material tapered to catch within the throat once the dagger is placed in the scabbard. The obverse blade is marked with the popular turn of the century distributor “G. B. & S”. Their logo, consisting of a crossed swords, is placed atop the firm's initials.

The tang of the blade is stamped “M+D”. This marking identifies the smith as Max Dinger, the father of the famous Third Reich Damascus smith Paul Dinger. The mounts throughout are also number marked. The original leather blade buffer is in place on this dirk.

A fantastic dirk here for the advanced Naval collector; very few of these heavy examples were produced and I have not seen one for sale for many years. This is an amazing opportunity to acquire a real treasure for your collection.

Excellent Plus. $20,695.50

NVL12 #37945C Imperial 1902 Naval Dirk – W. K. & C.

This fine Imperial Naval Dirk is the 1902 Pattern with some custom features. Overall it measures 13 ½ inches long. This identical dirk appears on page 119 of my Navy Book.

The pommel is one of the extra-cost, high finial types. These finials are way up there, with finely serrated edges supporting the orb and cross at the top. The upper portion of the pommel is hand checkered. The six domed shields that surround the pommel are all pebbled, alternating between designs of Prussian eagles and crosses.

The crossguard is the standard Imperial style, having some nice laurel leaves shown in the neck area above the center blocks. The center blocks bear the usual fouled anchors on both sides, set against randomly pebbled backgrounds. The four-sided guard arms end in stylized capstans which also have the same leaf decoration as the upper neck of the guard. It is also interesting to note that the bottom of the pommel has this unique leaf design.

The grip is a very pretty genuine Elfenbein example. There are a couple of surface chips on the upper segment and one on the bottom right segment, all very minor. The grip has an age crack in the center obverse and, on the reverse, has nice gold toning that is slightly darker than the obverse. The grip is tightly wrapped with thick, twisted silver wire.

The scabbard is the type that was offered by the August Lüneberg firm as Model #337. This scabbard has reed and cattail designs which are above and below the carrying bands. The lower portion has reed and cattails that extend into fine sea plants at the very base. Very beautiful engraving here, and something not seen very often. The bands are the style with borders and, in the center, have raised laurel leaves and berries. The leaves extend to the surfaces of the eyelets and the carrying rings are in a rope-like pattern. The throat is retained by two headless screws.

The fine genuine Damascus blade measures just short of 9 inches. It is a beautiful blade, in nearly full mint condition and with an attractive Maiden Hair pattern. The ricasso with slanted edges where it meets the blade. It also has dual fullers and a needle-like tip. The obverse blade is stamped with the turn of the century W. K. & C. Knight Head trademark, and the original tan felt blade buffer is in place.

A very fine piece here, a superior example of the type.

Excellent Plus. $6,295.50

NVL12 #37946C Imperial 1902 Naval Dirk – W. K. & C. / G.B. & S.

This very fine 1902 Imperial Naval Dirk measures just shy of 14 inches overall. It has an array of extra-cost features, the first being the high finial pommel. These finials extend well off the pommel top, having serrated edges and supporting a royal orb and crown. The upper portion of the pommel top is deeply checkered. The six domed shields that ring the pommel present alternating designs of Prussian eagles and crosses. Each of these has a pebbled border.

The crossguard has the usual pair of fouled anchor center blocks. The guard arms are four-sided, each having a panel with a hammered finish. This hammered finish was an optional, extra-cost upgrade.

The grip of this dirk is a fine genuine Elfenbein, with a golden tone that grows deeper on the reverse. The grip has a most attractive series of striations which run down the edges of both sides. There are no chips or problems with this grip, and it is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is a hammered type, matching the detailing seen on the quillons. It is straight throughout, with just a touch of age on the lower reverse; nothing serious, though. A good deal of the original gilding remains on this scabbard. The bands are wider than normal, embellished with a pattern of raised oak leaf sprigs. The eyelets are the style with a large center area engraved with rope-like patterns. The throat is retained by two dome head screws.

The Damascus blade of this dirk measures nearly 9 inches long. It is in a most beautiful Maiden Hair pattern, still very prominent and in nearly mint condition. There is a ricasso with slanted borders where it meets the blade. The blade, of course, has dual fuller construction. The obverse ricasso is marked with the logo of the distributor, a pair of crossed swords. Beneath these blades we see “G. B. & S.”. On the opposite side is a W. K. & C. Knight Head logo, looking to be of a 1912-13 vintage. The blade is protected by an in place brown leather washer.

A good, clean Model 1902 here.

Excellent Plus. $6,295.50

NVL12 #38191C 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger by Carl Eickhorn is an early piece that was originally produced as a 1st Model with the ball top pommel. The ball top was replaced in 1938 with the changeover pattern.

The pommel is a real beauty, with deep recesses within the wings of the eagle and outstanding detailing throughout. This bird is extremely crisp throughout, with a highly vaulted wreath and much detail to the mobile swastika. This pommel is the same as the examples I show on page 229 of my Navy Book.

The crossguard is a early Eickhorn design, slightly thinner than the later types. It has fouled anchors on both of the center blocks and good acanthus leaves decorating the guard arms. The quillon ends finish with fine nippled buttons.

The grip of this dagger is of carved wood coated with off-white celluloid. There is a small crack at the center segment but there is no material missing. This grip is wrapped with twisted brass wire which shows years of usage and residue between the ribs.

The original portepee is also in place and has been on this dagger since the get-go. The portepee is an aluminum type tied in a Naval tie; it has no fraying or problems whatsoever. The stem, slide and lower ball are in excellent shape, and the stuffing is a flat material style.

The scabbard is the hammered type with no dents or problems. The carrying bands are the style decorated with a pattern of overlapping oak leaves. They do show some mild wear to the surfaces of both sides. This dagger was probably carried for many years. The eyelets are triple serrated and also have small sleeves in the holes that retain the rings. Eickhorn used these sleeves early on but discontinued this design element in the 30's. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The blade of this dagger is a fine double edged example. It is still bright but does have a couple of age spots, but nothing that really detracts from the look. The frosted backgrounds are still all there, giving a good look to the raised fouled anchor etching. The tip is remains needle-like.

The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the early 1933 through 1935 Eickhorn trademark; two ovals which contain the firm's name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside we see a seated squirrel with a serrated tail. Naval daggers bearing this early trademark are very difficult to come by. The original brown felt blade buffer is in place, although it shows wear to the edges.

An interesting dagger here, one which has surely seen an awful lot of German history and come through it all in very nice condition.

Excellent. $1,795.00

NVL12 #37465 2nd Model Naval Dirk – Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dirk is a classic Eickhorn piece and is in choice condition, showing very little usage.

The dagger has the textbook Eickhorn pommel and crossguard, the same as though shown on pages 263 and 266 of my Navy Book. The pommel still has quite a bit of the original gilding across the surfaces, being maybe 85% intact. It has fine detail to the bird's head, breast feathering, wreath and vaulted swastika.

The crossguard is also a fine example, having a matching gilded surface. It features a fouled anchor in the center block of both facings, and acanthus leaves on the quillon arms. The quillons end in nippled buttons.

The grip is a fine example, being of carved wood covered with celluloid. The white celluloid is in excellent condition, with no cracks or problems. It has a nice tone from age, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. Lots of age can be seen trapped by this wire between the ribs.

The original silver bullion portepee is still on this dagger, being in the Naval tie. The silver bullion has long since toned to a golden color. There is some wear to the knot at the upper loop area as well as to the cord where it emerges from the Naval tie. Overall though this knot is still something we like to see as it imparts a real sense of history to the dirk. The lower portion of the knot has a “V” weave of bullion to the slide and stem, while the bullion lower ball has a “cat's anus” style stuffing.

The scabbard is the typical lightning bolt variety, being the same as I show on page 266 of my Navy Book. It is dent-free and has good, deep stamping to the pattern. It features palmettes over and under the bands, with lightning bolts at the bottom followed by ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The bands are well defined, showing little wear and featuring overlapping oak leaves. The eyelets are the triple serrated style and show little wear. There are still signs of gilding on the hanging rings, which is also a good indication that this dirk saw little use. The scabbard has almost 100% of the gilding on the obverse, while the reverse shows some wear to the center area between the two bands as well as a small amount toward the acanthus leaves. This is all attributable to the actual wearing time of this dirk. The throat is retained by two dome head brass screws.

The blade is a beauty, being a double-etched nautical type. It has pristine, high quality nickel-plated surfaces, with 100% of the gray backgrounds which highlight the etch on both sides. This blade is easily in full Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn seated squirrel logo. The brown felt blade buffer is in place and shows little age.

This is a first-rate Naval Dirk, showing little in the way of usage and still retaining great condition with good investment potential.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

NVL12 #37481 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Carl Eickhorn Naval Dagger is a fine, textbook example. The dagger itself is very nice as is the blade.

The pommel and crossguard are the same as those I show in my Navy Book pages 263 and 266. The pommel has excellent detail throughout, with maybe 50 to 60% of the original gilded surface remaining. The eagle retained excellent detail to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons wreath and vaulted swastika.

The crossguard has about the same about of gilding and features the usual fouled anchor design fore and aft. The quillon are decorated with acanthus leaves and end in nippled buttons.

The grip is of carved wood covered in celluloid. This celluloid has acquired a pleasing age tone and remains in perfect condition. The twisted brass grip wire is nice and tight and does a good job setting off the grip.

The scabbard has some dings along the edges either made by someone hammering something or perhaps from rough wear by the original owner; perhaps he was running up and down the length of a U-boat! It is what it is, however, and this dagger is priced accordingly. It is the lightning bolt type. It has good stampings to the palmettes, lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves. It also has about 70% of the original gilding on the obverse and perhaps about 50% still intact on the reverse. The carrying bands are beautiful, having a design of overlapping oak leaves, while the eyelets have good serrated surfaces. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

The blade is a very fine double-etched type with a needle-like tip. It features the fouled anchor motif and the nickel-plated surface is of highest quality, easily in Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the post-1941 Eickhorn trademark with the “Over the Shoulder” squirrel. The original tan felt blade buffer is in place, showing some wear around the edges but nothing too bad.

A nice Eickhorn Naval Dagger here, priced to reflect to the scabbard dings.

Excellent. $1,095.00

NVL12 #37206 Imperial 1902 Naval Dirk with Damascus Blade - W. K. & C.

This Imperial piece is quite striking with its visual appearance almost speaking of its exciting century of German naval history. The overall length of the dirk is 16 1/2 inches, much shorter than the Cadet types of ten years before, and slightly longer than many of the '02 Models we see. The mounts of this dagger are all best quality brass. Although the brass would have had a luxurious gilded finish when new, the years have taken their toll here, with most of the plated finish has gone to time. It has, however, been replaced with a stirring patina spread evenly throughout the hilt and scabbard.

The pommel is the extra-cost, open finial type. The finial uprights have all been serrated and act to retain the royal orb with a cross at the top. The cross is the normally seen, squared-off variety, as years before, the effects of a sharp cross on the delicate fabrics of the wool uniform were learned through experience. The upper portion of the crown has had a diamond pattern cut in with dots punched into the center of each diamond. The pommel's outside has the eight dome-shaped panels. Each panel alternates centered crosses with Prussian eagles, with each panel having raised dots forming a surrounding border. The cross guard center block features a fouled anchor on each side, with random pebbling in the backgrounds. The reverse block is fitted with a blade release button. The two quillion arms are four-sided and end with capstans; a capstan is a vertical-axled mechanism used on ships to apply force to ropes, cables, and hawsers.

The grip is one of the best I had seen. Time has really done us a good turn here! This bone grip has turned a deep orange color on the obverse, having tantalizing grains running evenly through the deep color shades. The reverse grip has also turned slightly golden, but it is obvious that this dirk has rested "grip-up" in the light for decades to achieve the rich color of the obverse. On both of the edges, there are at least a half dozen surface line cracks that also give appealing life to this grip. The grip is tightly wrapped with a fairly thin twisted brass wire. I don't think you will see a more attractive hilt here; it is a real stunner!

The totally straight scabbard is also an extra-cost example, having hand-engraved single oak leaves on either side of the lower band and also on the bottom of the upper band. The lower portion of the scabbard shell features two sets of vertical oak leaf clusters separated by three acorns, each with checkered caps. Above the upper band is the simulation of a engraved bow. I have seen this "bow" many times on Imperial Naval dirks, but to date, I do not know the significance of it; perhaps it is meant to be a circle-tied rope? The carrying bands have straight bordered edges and in the center, are rows of raised oak leaves separated by two small acorns. There is a serrated design on all of the plain areas of the bands. The eyelets feature engraved oak leaves, a trait WKC continued through the 3rd Reich time on their naval hammered scabbards. The carrying rings are also oak leaf engraved. The scabbard throughout shows some mild wear, but all images are all still there. The throat is retained by two brass flat-head style screws.

The blade is a wonderful sight. It's really difficult to not get excited over a choice damascus blade, and this one is great. It is the traditional Naval style, having the normal double-fuller construction and retaining its needle-like tip. The blade measures just over 10 1/2 inches. The Damascus pattern is the "Maiden Hair" style. All details to the pattern weld are jumping out at the viewer. When I first purchased this dagger from a European collector, the blade patterns had slightly numbed over time. With a simple acid dip it has come back to its original splendor, just gorgeous and in full mint condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with crossed swords and the initials of the supplier, "G.B. & S". I have seen this supplier's markings many times on fine Imperial blades, but to date, I have not learned their identity. The original purchaser would have ordered this dirk, with all of it special features, through this retail store. On the reverse ricasso is stamped the knight head logo of the well-known producer, W. K. & C. The blade is buffered by an off-red, felt washer.

If you are considering a Damascus Imperial Naval Dagger to highlight a collection, I can't imagine a better example. This dirk really has everything we enjoy in the edged weapon's hobby today - exciting history, excellrnt condition and head-turning looks. It is also a sound investment, as fine Imperial Naval dirks are becoming extremely difficult to acquire.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $5,995.00

NVL12 #37084 ¾ Size Wiemar Naval Dirk with Orange Grip – WKC

These ¾ sized WKC-made Naval Dirks are most beautiful and highly collectible. They are quite rare; this is only the second example I have had to offer in the last couple of years.

This elegant dirk measures, overall, 10¾ inches long. It is almost identical to the color picture I show in my Navy Book on page 171, with the exception of this example has a plain blade while the book piece is etched. We've always wondered if these pieces were made as desk pieces or were actually worn during formal occasions when a larger dirk would have been too cumbersome or obtrusive. They do balance perfectly when held by the upper ring, which is a good sign that they definitely could have been worn.

At any rate, this piece has nearly all of the original gilding throughout the brass surfaces. The round style ball pommel has all of the detailing to the reeds and and cattails, as well as the waves that run around the bottom collar.

The crossguard is the typical Imperial type. WKC never changed the guards or the scabbards on these pieces, as even the Third Reich examples will have Imperial guards. The guard features a fouled anchor design in a center panel on both sides. The detailing is extremely good, having a fine pebbled background. The four-sided arms stretch outward ending in quillons that are shaped to resemble a ships capstan; very elegant indeed!

The grip is the best you will see. It is a deep pumpkin orange color and is in perfect condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

Accenting this dirk is a very interesting portepee, which is very short as it was made specifically for this smaller proportioned piece. The portepee is of silver bullion which has long since turned gold in color. It is so short that it allows for only loop around the bottom of the grip. There is no fraying or any problems with this portepee. The cord has flecks of black and red shot through the thread. The slide and stem and of silver bullion weave, and the small lower ball is of yarn-like silver bullion thread. The insert is in the cat's anus configuration, having red, white and black colors in the yarn. A really great portepee here, the first of which I have seen.

The scabbard has the standard lightning bolt motif commonly used on these Naval pieces. It has palmettes deeply stamped over and under the carrying bands, and, at the bottom, are upward arcing lightning bolts above a pattern of ermine feet and pointy acanthus leaves. The carrying bands are an attractive variety which feature a pattern of oak leaves and acorns in the center area, leaving the edges and border with a plain pattern which has been enhanced with lines. The throat has no visible retainage; I am not not if they were built into the scabbard or not.

The beautiful blade measures 6 inches in length. It is in stone mint condition with a 100% intact high quality nickel finish. The blade is the plain type with double fuller construction.

The reverse ricasso (or possibly obverse with WKC) feautures a knight head logo with no initials beneath it, putting it into the 1920's era. The mint blade is protected by an in-place red felt buffer.

If you are looking for a jewelry-like enhancement to show off with your Naval Daggers it would be hard to resist this beautiful piece.

Near Mint. $4,295.00

NVL12 #37103 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This textbook example is identical to the pieces that I show in my Navy Book on pages 266, 267, and 293.

The pommel is the standard type, still having some gilding left in the recesses. It feautures good detail to the head and breast feathering, half-opened wings, talons, wreath and recessed mobile swastika of the bird.

The crossguard also has quite a bit of gilding remaining, and feautures fouled anchor designs in the center blocks of both facings. The quillon arms have good detail to their decoration of acanthus leaves, and the button ends are accented with center nipples.

The off-white grip is in perfect condition, being constructed out of carved wood with a celluloid covering. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard shows some usage but it is straight throughout. It also has gilding in the surfaces commensurate to that seen on the pommel and guard. It has a design of palmettes above and around the bands, while the lower portion is decorated with lightning-bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves. This scabbard is identical to the example show on 266 (lower) of my book. The carrying bands have full detail to their overlapping oak leaves and acorns, while the eyelets have the still crisp triple serrated edges. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

The blade of this dagger is a real beauty, still in mint condition and retaining a needle-like tip. It has a highest quality nickel-plated finish as well as 100% of the gray backgrounds that serve to highlight the fouled anchor etch; this etch really jumps with this much of a contrasting background!

The reverse ricasso is stamped with the trademark used by Eickhorn after 1941, which we call the “Over-the-Shoulder” variety. This trademark can been seen in the center picture on page 266 of my book. The single-line squirrel looks backward over his shoulder. Beneath the rodent are the three words “Original / Eickhorn / Solingen”. The original brown felt buffer is in place.

A very nice example here, showing some time in-wear but still exuding outstanding original condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #36697C 2nd Model Naval Dagger – F.W. Höller

This F.W. Höller example is in fine condition throughout, having a complete set of textbook Höller mounts.

The pommel and crossguard have quite a bit of the original gilding intact. These hilt mounts are slightly brighter than the scabbard; this would indicate a possible difference in the composition of either the brass or gilded finish. Interestingly the brass release button in the crossguard exactly matches the scabbard.

The pommel is identical to the example I show in my Navy Book on page 278. The bird has outstanding detail throughout the head, beak, breast and wing feathering, as well as the talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The wings of the Höller eagles are nicely turn outward.

The crossguard is also a textbook example. It has the fouled anchor center blocks on both sides, and the crossguard arms are decorated with raised acanthus leaves. The button ends of the guards have the long nipples typical of a Höller pedigree, identical to those shown on page 79 of my Navy Book.

The grip of this dagger is a nice, off-white color, and remains in perfect condition. This grip is wrapped with the springy style wire normally seen the Höller product.

The fine scabbard is as straight as an arrow. It is engraved with palmettes over and under the carrying bands, while the lower regions are richly decorated with designs of lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. This Höller scabbard is the same as the example I show on page 279 of my Navy Book. The carrying bands are the style with straight edges, another design hallmark of the Höller firm. Both eyelets have a serrated finish, while the throat is retained by two flathead side screws.

The double-etched blade of this dagger is a beauty, with a high quality nickel finish and a needle-like tip. All of the frosting remains in the backgrounds behind the nautical scenes. Höller blades were only made in the sailing ship style. The obverse depicts a fouled anchor in the center, with a fully-rigged sailing ship tacking towards the viewer across a bed of sea plants. The revere blade has essentially the same vessel, although it has been moved upward slightly eliminating the fouled anchor design. The reverse ricasso is etched with a dual oval trademark. The oval contains the name and location of the firm, “F.W. Höller / Solingen”, and the classic thermometer logo, with too many digits to ever count... Although it's actually 17 one each side, for a total of 34. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A very nice, textbook Höller Naval Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

NVL12 #36494 2nd Model Naval Dagger – F.W. Höller

This Höller piece shows period use, but overall is in very fine, collectible condition. The dagger is a complete, textbook Höller, and is identical to the examples I show in my Navy Book on pages 278 and 279.

The pommel still has good detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. It has some old residue in the recesses, probably the remains of old polish used long ago. This polish is also in lower recessed throughout the crossguard and scabbard.

The crossguard is a classic example, featuring fouled anchors on the center mounts, and good acanthus leaves on the quillon arms. The button ends are nicely lined, with nipples that stick out fairly far.

The grip is an off white celluloid which is in nice condition throughout, and deeply toned. It does have a small hairliner between the third and fourth rib going upward, but just on the edge and it hardly shows. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy copper wire. The wire has nicely trapped lots of old dirt and residue, and speaks to the dagger's history.

The scabbard is straight throughout, being the lightning bolt type. This scabbard has good detail to the palmettes around the bands, and to the lower lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. This scabbard is identical to the example I show on page 279 of my Navy Book. The carrying bands show a little minor wear to the surfaces but the detail to the overlapping oak leaves and acorns is still there. The eyelets have triple serrations, also showing some minor wear. The throat is retained by two headless brass side-screws.

The blade is a double-etched sailing ship type, as Höller products always are; Höller did not make the fouled anchor etch. This blade is still bright throughout, showing only the most minor of age. The needle-like tip is still there, and other than a couple of minor areas with some small smudges, the blade is easily in Near Mint condition. The sailing ship etch is bold and bright against the 100% gray backgrounds. The obverse features a fouled anchor in the center, above a fully rigged sailing ship that approaches the viewer over an ocean of water plants. On the reverse the fouled anchor is eliminated; there is only the ship and lots of floral decoration. The ricasso is etched with the double oval Höller logo, in the center of which is the thermometer trademark, with too many digits to ever count... Although it's actually 17 one each side, for a total of 34. The washer shows some minor wear but is intact and in place.

An excellent period Höller dagger here, giving the viewer a feeling of the time and history it has lived through.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

NVL12 #36272 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

We don’t see many Paul Weyersberg Naval Daggers so it is a pleasure to get one in once in awhile. This examlpe is identical to the example I show on page 292 and 293 in my Navy Book. There is not much gilding left on the mounts of this dagger, only small amounts in the recesses. The pommel is the same as I show on page 293. It has good detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wings, talons, wreath and swastika. The pommel features the larger center block area that we usually see with this producer. Again, look at page 292 and 293, and you will see this larger center block. Both sides of the crossguards are decorated with raised acanthus leaves and the end buttons have deep accent engravings with nipples that stick out fairly far. The grip is a carved wood base having a covering of celluloid. The celluloid has turned an ivory-like color and is in perfect condition. This grip is wrapped with a thin twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is a lightning bolt variety. It is straight throughout. This scabbard is very deeply stamped featuring palmettes on either side of the carrying bands, and at the lower part are the lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The scabbard is identical to the example that I show on page 292. The bands are fairly high off the surface and they feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets have triple serrated surfaces showing only modest wear. The throat is retained by two flatter head screws, one in each side. This scabbard has the same patina as the hilt mounts having not a lot of gilding remaining but the dull brass looks quite nice also.

The blade is a triple etched variety. It is nice and bright throughout having quality nickel-plated finish still with needlelike tip. The etch pattern is the fouled anchor variety and it has all of the frosted backgrounds. This blade appears to be in near full mint condition. The fouled anchor etch is nicely raised and is presented well with the darker frosted backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals used by this firm. The firm’s name is contained within the ovals as well as the location, “Paul Weyersberg and Co. Solingen”. In the center are is a downward pointing sword positioned between two wheat shafts. The blade buffer is a dark brown leather. A good solid example here showing signs of its carrying time but no abuse. If you are collecting naval types this is a good textbook piece to add to your assemblage.

Excellent. $1,295.00

NVL12 #35968 Late 2nd Model Naval Dagger – E&F Hörster

This Hörster dagger was made late in the period reflected by the fact that the scabbard is a steel base as is the crossguard. As the war ground on there was no brass to be used for dress daggers so we begin to see the use of steel as well as a pot metal base. This example still has a brass pommel attached at the top.

The pommel is a classic Hörster and is the same as I show on page 282 of my Navy Book. This pommel has excellent detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, talons and wreathed swastika. The pommel is toned with little gilding remaining. The crossguard is a pot-metal type and it looks to me like it is possibly a generic variety as the center block eagles are bigger than the normal Hörster type. At the time this dagger was produced chances are Hörster was buying pieces from other firms just to be able to complete their orders. This crossguard has some wear to the brass plated finish revealing the gray look of the pot metal on the high spots. The detail is excellent to the fouled anchors and also to the acanthus leaves. The button ends are fine as are the nipples in the center. The release button on this example is a brass type being slightly unusual looking but definitely original. The grip is a carved wood base having an off-white celluloid covering. The celluloid is in perfect condition having good age toning. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard, as mentioned above, is a steel base. It has a brass plated finish which is about 98%. There are a couple of areas where the telltale steel can be seen through the plating but it is not bad. This scabbard is definitely a Hörster type produced from their dies. It is interesting if you look at the picture of the Hörster scabbard shown on page 283, the oak leaf bands run downward instead of upward, the case with most naval producers. This dagger also has the downward running scabbard bands. The scabbard has the lightning bolt design with good stampings to the palmettes around the bands and to the lightning bolts below along with the acanthus leaves and ermine feet. The throat is retained by two dome head screws.

Despite the lateness of this dagger’s outside, the double etched blade is a high quality beauty. This blade is completely bright throughout having choice nickel plating and retaining its needlelike tip. The fouled anchor etch is in perfect condition with fine raised portions and having all of the gray backgrounds. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location, “E&F Hörster Solingen”. In the center is a large “H” letter having two smaller letters being a “H” and “S” in the center. A downward pointing sword pierces the two smaller letters. The original brown leather buffer is in place.

A nice 2nd Model Naval Dagger here for those out there that are collecting different “types”.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

NVL12 #35793C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Hammered Scabbard – E. & F. Hörster

This Hörster naval dagger is a very fine example showing some period wear but overall really great preservation. This piece is equipped with textbook fine brass mounts. The hilt mounts are the same as I show on page 283 and 282 of my Navy Book.

The pommel does not have any gilding left to its surfaces but still retains very crisp detail to the bird’s head with great preservation to the bird’s eye, beak and breast feathers. The bird grasps a wreath in his well detailed talons which portrays a mobile swastika within. The crossguard has more gilding remaining to its surfaces being about 85-90%. This crossguard is identical to page 283. It features excellent fouled anchors on the two center blocks with well detailed acanthus leaves on the surfaces of both sides of the two quillon arms. The button ends have good cut in lines with long nipples that stuck out exactly as the book piece. The grip is a beautiful off-white celluloid over a carved wood base. This celluloid has turned about as dark as they do and therefore has a great classic look to it. The grip is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. It is easy to see the years of service time trapped within the ribs by the grip wire. I always like to see this on a Naval Dagger.

There is an aluminum portepee attached to this dagger which appears original-to-the-piece. This portepee is in excellent condition having a minor amount of fray just where it comes out of the naval double reef tie. Other than this the knot is in good condition. The slide and stem have the usual “V” woven designs with yarn-like bullion covering the ball with a smooth style bullion insert. A very nice hilt here.

The scabbard is also an impressive example being straight throughout and also having maybe 80-85% of the gilding. This scabbard has the extra cost peened surface. The scabbard bands are high off the surface type having excellent detail to the overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets on this piece are the larger size that we frequently see used on Hörster daggers. These eyelets are the same as the examples I show on page 284 top left. The eyelets have a sleeve on both of the edges of the opening and have good triple serrated surfaces. The throat is a neat looking example cantilevering on both sides matching the same width of the butt plate. This throat is retained by two brass dome head screws which are unturned. Attached to the ringlets are the remnants of the original hangers. The two aluminum Kriegsmarine gilded snaps are still attached but have been separated from the hardware which mounted them to the snaps. Probably this was done by the liberating veteran so that he wouldn’t have to carry home the bulk of these two straps.

The blade of this example is a real beauty being a fouled anchor style double etched motif. This blade retains its needlelike tip and has 100% of its original plated surfaces. The bright surfaces contrast nicely with the 100% gray backgrounds of the etch. These backgrounds show off the etch very nicely on this blade. This blade is in mint condition. The obverse ricasso is etched with the double oval trademark. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “E&F Hörster Solingen”. In the center is the large “H” letter which has a smaller “H” over an “S” in the middle being pierced by a sword. The brown leather blade buffer is in position. A very fine Hörster Naval Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,595.00

NVL12 #35756 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

Weyersberg produced Naval Daggers are quite scarce and this particular example is in excellent condition being a textbook model.

The pommel and crossguard are identical to the examples that I show on page 293 of my Navy Book. Best not to look at the pommel shown on page 291, as this is not a Weyersberg pommel but rather is an Eickhorn. It was a mistake on my part and if I reprint the book you can be sure that I will replace this pommel with the correct Weyersberg type.

At any rate, the pommel and crossguard are produced of fine cast mounts. This pommel has a slightly longer eagle head than most and has excellent detail to the bird’s eye, beak and breast feathering. The half open wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised mobile swastika are also excellent. The crossguard depicts the fouled anchors on both of the center blocks with good acanthus leaves. The button ends have excellent cut in lines with fairly long nipples that stick out in the center. The grip of this piece is a carved wood covered with white celluloid. The celluloid has toned nicely and it is in perfect condition throughout. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard of this example is a lightning bolt type. This scabbard is dent free and has excellent stampings to the palmettes and also to the lower lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves. This scabbard is the same as I show on page 292, lower. The bands are identical to what is shown in the center picture on page 292. These bands depict highly detailed overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets have triple serrated surfaces showing a little bit of modest wear. There is also wear in the clearance hole caused by the carrying ring with its weight up against the inner eyelet. This kind of thing really talks to you. This dagger was obviously worn and saw service during World War II. The throat is retained by two brass headless side screws this is also identical to page 292.

The double etched blade is a nice example. This blade has quality nickel-plated surfaces with needlelike tip. The gray backgrounds are 100% showing off the fine fouled anchor etch. This blade remains in mint condition and is a beauty. The obverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals used by this firm. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co. Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing sword placed between two wheat shafts. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A rarely seen Weyersberg naval dirk and an excellent collectible example if you are collecting naval maker “types”.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00

NVL12 #35646 Imperial Transitional Naval Dirk with Artificial Damascus Blade

This Imperial Naval Dirk shows two periods of history, as the original owner (an Imperial Naval veteran) elected to retain his dagger through the Third Reich period. This dirk is equipped with an Imperial crossguard and the original Imperial pommel cap has been replaced with the “changeover” pommel that was introduced in 1938.

This pommel has outstanding hand rendered detail to the feathering of the eagle on both sides. It also has the very deep crevices in the wings where the begin to flare outward. The pommel has a lot of patination that has built up over the years, but to me this speaks to the history the dagger. This pommel is very similar, if not identical, to the outstanding example shown in my Naval Book on page 231. The eagle of course grasps a wreath that bears a mobile swastika in the center. The claws of the eagle also have been hand enhanced. A great depiction here.

The crossguard, a mentioned above, is the original Imperial example. It has center blocks which feature fine, raised fouled anchors on both sides. The backgrounds of the center blocks have been nicely hand pebbled. The crossguards run outward, being four sided, and then end in a capstan design.

The grip is a very choice example. This grip is a real beauty, having a deeply gold-toned obverse with beautiful grains, and a lighter colored reverse, this of course indicating that this dagger has been stored upright over the years. The edges of both sides have outstanding cracks which run down the all of the ribs, giving great beauty and excitement to this grip. The grip has been wrapped with a heavier than normal twisted silver wire. There are gaps between the wire and the grip surface, as over the years the grip has shrunk, which is a completely normal happening.

Decorating the hilt if a fine Naval aluminum portepee. This portepee shows just the beginnings of a little fray at the upper loop, but the double reef tie still is in completely sound condition. The cord is the thicker type, so that there is little left of the portepee were it comes out of the tie; in fact, the slide and stem are nearly right up against the last loop of the knot. I don't know how this knot was ever tied! It is extremely difficult to tie a Naval double reef knot with an aluminum portepee with this thicker style cord, as most of you Naval collectors are doubtlessly already aware. The lower ball is also in lower condition, and also has the so-called “cat's anus” stuffing. A great looking hilt here, that really talks to you.

The scabbard is the Imperial variety, with the characteristic lightning bolt design. The stampings are still nice and crisp, featuring palmettes around the bands, with the lower portions richly appointed with lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The acanthus leaves on Imperial scabbards are normally pointed, and this example is no exception. The scabbard show a little bit of carrying time here and there, but there are basically no dents. The bands are are the guilloche style. This scabbard is the same I show, in color, on page 134 (right) of my Naval Book. The throat is retained by two dome-head brass screws. A very fine scabbard here, still having a good amount of gilding finish.

As nice as the outside is on this dagger, the blade is even better! This impressive blade is in the traditional Naval geometry, with double fuller construction and a good, needle-like tip. The blade has been artificially etched with a “Small Roses” Damascus pattern. The blade shows only normal age and is still in nearly perfect condition, with no pits or problems to be seen. The obverse center area bears a raised out Imperial crown over a fouled anchor. This depiction is gilded, and does show some wear, mostly on the outer edges. The inner edges where the depiction is protected by the raised center section of the double fullers still retains most of the gilded finish. The reverse of the blade is plain, except for the etched turn-of-the-century marking of the W.K. & C. firm, being a King's head next to a knight's head, both positioned over the firm's initials. The etched blade art was also used during the Imperial period, although it is quite rare to see. This blade easily grades in Excellent Plus, Plus to Near Mint condition. It is protected by an in-place off-red leather buffer. This blade is very similar to the two artificial Damascus blades I show, in color, on pages 398 and 399 of my Navy Book.

A great example here, which is extremely rare and seldom seen today. For those out there collecting Naval variants, this example is a must. A very exciting and beautiful dagger.

Excellent Plus. $6,495.00

NVL12 #35571 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

We do not see many Paul Weyersberg pieces, and this one is a classic example. It is identical to the piece that I show in my Naval Book on page 292.

The fine pommel is identical to the example show on page 293 of my Navy Book. These mounts are basically down to the brass, with not much gilding left, with only just a little remaining in the recesses. The pommel has a fine eagle head which looks to the viewer's left. There is full detail throughout the eye, beak, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised mobile swastika of this bird.

The crossguard also has good detail to the fouled anchor center block. Acanthus leaves decorate the surfaces of both of the crossguard arms, and they end in nipple-centered buttons.

The grip is a fine, carved wood base type, with a celluloid coating. This celluloid has nicely tones over the years, and is still in perfect condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire, still having some period dirt caught between the wire and the grip ribs.

The original aluminum Naval knot is still in places, found in the original double reef tie. It is interesting to note that the Naval Officer who originally tied this knot used the slide to keep the upper loops in place. I don't remember ever seeing this in the place, but it makes for a nice touch. Other than age, this knot with its aluminum cord is still in excellent condition, with virtually no wear. The stem has the usual “V” decoration in its weave, and the lower ball is in the “cat's anus” style with a thread insert. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is completely dent-free and exactly matches the brass tones of the hilt. The scabbard features the usual lightning bolt motif, with palmettes over and under the bands, with lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves decorating the lower areas. The bands are relatively high off the surface, featuring overlapping oak leaves with a mix of acorns. The eyelets have the triple-serrated surfaces, showing modest, even wear. The throat is retained by two, flat-head style side screws.

The blade is a fine, double etched example, having good nickel-plated surfaces and a needle-like tip. This blade is not factory bright, but is still very presentable, easily grading in a Excellent Plus, Plus to a Near Mint state. The etch is the standard fouled anchor type, still having most of the gray backgrounds intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals used by this firms. The double ovals contain the firm's name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co. / Solingen”. In the center is a downward pointing sword flank by a pair of wheat sheaves. The blade is buffered by a dark colored pebbled leather pad.

A nice Weyersberg piece here that is rarely seen in the collecting marking, and a great piece for those collecting Naval types.

Excellent. $1,295.00

NVL12 #35209 Early 1st Model Naval Dagger – WKC

This 1st Model Naval Dagger is one of the examples that were produced during the 1920's. It is pretty dirty, and deeply patinated throughout, but, if anything, I think that it gives the dagger lots of character. If you are the type of person that likes something beautiful and shiny, it would probably be best if you were to go on to the next description.

This 1st Model Dagger is very similar to the example I show on page 202 of my Navy Book. The piece pictured in the book has the same narrow crossguard, and a similar pommel. These parts are of brass base, and they have long ago lost any gilding that they may have had. In fact, the pommel and crossguard are a deep plum color, which is almost black. The pommel has good detail to the cattails and reeds, as well as the cresting waves that run around the lower perimeter. There are just hints of gold around the upper button, and a little bit around the waves here and there. The crossguard, being the narrow type, has good fouled anchor depictions on the center blocks. The acanthus leaves that decorate the crossguard arms are fairly worn, but there is still detail to them. The nipple-centered end buttons are still in good condition, with clear accent lines.

The grip is a carved wood base, being coated with celluloid. The celluloid, although still in perfect condition, is also quite dirty and speaks to the life this dagger has lived. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire, which has also darkened to the same tone as the rest of the mounts.

The early WKC scabbard is a lightning bolt example. It has a couple of small dings to the lower end, but they are not serious enough to warrant removal. There is minor amounts of gilding remaining on the obverse scabbard, but the reverse has blackened to match the hilt mounts. The detail to the stamping is still pretty good, having palmettes over and under the carrying bands, and at the bottom there are the usual lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. This early scabbard has the points on the acanthus leaves, a detail that was eliminated when the Third Reich came in (using more rounded tips) with the exception of one firm: Alcoso. Alcoso continued to use pointed acanthus leaves. The bands on this piece are the thinner type. They feature overlapping oak leaves with acorns, and are fairly “high-off-the-surface”. The eyelets have the engraved oak leaves, which is a WKC trait, on they continued into the Third Reich period. We see the engraved eyelets lots of times on hammered scabbards. The throat of this example is retained by two dome-head brass screws, one in each side.

For such an early dagger I would have expected to the sailing ship motif blade, but this one is the fouled anchor style. WKC offered both types up until about 1938, when they just went with the fouled anchor exclusively. This blade is still mostly bright throughout, and retains a needle-like tip. There are some age spots that are spread around the etched area, but they look more like stains than they do pitting, The gray backgrounds are mostly gone from this blade, but you can still see the etch quite clearly. This blade grades at Excellent. The obverse is stamped with the knight head trademark, and the knight head is the type that does have the detail in the comb, so this piece probably goes back to about 1932 or '33. Beneath the knight head the firm's initials can be seen, “WKC”. The original off-red blade buffer is still in place.

I think that this is really a neat piece. It is obviously not something for the collector looking for Near Mint to Mint items, but it does have a place in a collection where they collector is looking for reality and a testament to history. An interesting early 1st Model Naval Dirk here.

Excellent. $1495.00

NVL12 #35272 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is a later wartime produced example. We can tell this as the hilt mounts appear to be the pot metal based type rather than brass. The way to tell this is that the gilded finish is just not as bright as it would normally be over brass. The good part though is that all of the finish is still there with no wear spots.

The pommel and crossguard are identical to the examples I show on page 291 and 292 of my Navy Book. The pommel has excellent detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, half open wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile enclosed swastika. The crossguard features fouled anchor depictions in the center blocks. The center blocks are slightly bigger than most that we see and can easily be mistaken for Eickhorn until you put the pieces next to each other. The acanthus leaves have good detail on the quillon surfaces of both sides and the quillon ends are in excellent shape with their button formation and nippled tips. The carved wood grip is coated with celluloid. The celluloid is in perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. A good wartime hilt here!

The scabbard is an interesting example which appears to be the same as the piece that I show on page 292 of my Navy Book. It is a lightning bolt variety being straight throughout. This scabbard is made of all brass. The engravings throughout the scabbard are excellent to include the palmettes which appear over and under the carrying bands, as well as the lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves which are stamped below. The carrying bands have excellent detail to the overlapping oak leaves and the eyelets are the triple serrated type and have the small sleeves in each of the openings similar to the Alcoso look. The throat is retained by two brass dome head screws.

The double etched blade features the fouled anchor scenes and it is still bright throughout with needlelike tip. This blade shows just the slightest bit of age in the surfaces but it is not bad still rating in near mint condition. There are a couple of scratches on the reverse ricasso near the blade release lock but otherwise the blade is nice and clean. The obverse ricasso is etched with the dual ovals used by this firm. The ovals enclose the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing sword placed between two wheat shafts. The original off-red felt buffer shows some mild wear around the edges only.

A fairly rare maker and also a fine example for those out there collecting “types” as we rarely see wartime produced Weyersberg pieces.

Excellent. $1,195.00

NVL12 #35262 2nd Model Naval Dagger – F.W. Höller

This Höller 2nd Model Naval Dagger has classic Höller hilt mounts identical to the examples I show in my Navy Book on page 378 and 379. The Höller pommel is slightly smaller and more delicate than most of them that we see. This gives a good look to the eagle which has full details to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The crossguard features the standard fouled anchors on both sides of the center blocks. The quillon arms have good detailing to the acanthus leaves on both sides. The button ends have good accent lines and fairly large nipples at the tip, the same as page 279.

The grip is a carved wood base having a celluloid covering. The celluloid has nicely age toned and has a small crack in the obverse upper rib. There is no material missing and the crack is quite nominal and would mostly cover should there be an additional portepee put onto this piece. This grip is tightly wrapped with a copper springy wire typical of this firm. The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has a hammered finish and is the style that is equipped with the very large eyelets. These scabbards, in my opinion, were a generic variety and we see them used on other producers such as Hörster and Weyersberg. This scabbard has a plain chape button at the bottom. The carrying bands have good overlapping oak leaves and acorns showing some modest surface wear. The triple serrations to the eyelets also show some wear but the serrations are all there. The throat is retained by two dome head brass side screws.

As is always the case with Höller daggers the blade etch features the sailing ship motif. This blade shows some mild smudging in places and is just the slightest bit gray. The edges are still good though and it is easy to see the sailing ships on both sides with their fully rigged sails and flying ensigns. This blade rates at about Excellent Plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double ovals used by this firm. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “F.W. Höller Solingen”. Inside is the classic thermometer logo, having a total of 34 tiny temperature gradiations. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A good dagger here, showing wear of the time, but still being in excellent, collectible condition.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

NVL12 #35076 2nd Model Naval Dagger - WKC

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is in "as found" condition, appearing to have never been cleaned since the War. If you are the type of individual that gets a real "feel" for things like this, it is a great dagger for you. This dagger is a textbook W.K.C. example, being the same as I show in my Navy Book on page 360. The all-brass fittings have a deep patination throughout. They are slightly dull, but it appears to me that if they were cleaned, they would come up much brighter, as there still appears to be quite a bit of gilding beneath the dirt.

The pommel is in excellent shape, having fine detail to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. The crossguard is an excellent example, showing some minor usage, but still good detail to the fouled anchors, acanthus leaves, on both sides of the quillon arms, and to the buttons with their engravings around the circumference. The grip is a carved wood base, having good celluloid covering. This celluloid has turned to a slightly darker tone, still being in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with twisted, brass wire. The wire has trapped lots of original residue between the ribs.

There is also an original-to-the-piece aluminum portepee. This portepee is set in the original double reef knot. There is some fraying to the knot on the back of the loop, as well as the back of the lower loop. The knot also frayed where it comes out of the cord. There is some wire twisted around the bottom section of the cord, between the slide and stem. This wire was put in place to keep the ball from breaking off of the cord. It looks to me as though this wire repair job was done during the period. The lower stem and ball are in good shape, with an insert of flat style bullion. An interesting, original, untouched hilt here.

The scabbard is is the lightning bolt style. It is straight throughout, and it is the same as I show on page 271. This scabbard has good stampings to the palmettes around the bands, the lightning bolts, the ermine feet, and also to the acanthus leaves below. The scabbard is straight throughout, and has good, high-off-the-surface bands. These bands have good, overlapping, leaves and acorn mix. The eyelets are the triple serrated type, showing some wear to the surfaces. The blade is a double etched example, having outstanding, nickel plated finish. The backgrounds behind the etch are 100%, and this blade grades in mint condition, still having its needle-like tip. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the knighthead trademark. The firm's initials are stamped below, "W.K.C.". The blade is protected by the in-place, original, off-red, felt buffer. A good dagger here, for those of you out there that prefer the untouched, uncleaned look.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

NVL12 #31687 2nd Model Naval Dagger – WKC

This fine example has some very interesting aspects about it and is of highest quality production. The hilt parts are of all brass construction having an excellent gilded finish. In fact, the finish is still 80-85% throughout.

The pommel is one of the 1938 “change over” types and is identical to the example I show in my Navy Book page 229, right. This pommel is a real beauty having highly vaulted wreath with gilded swastika in the center and a very nice deep curl to the half open eagle’s wings. This pommel shows little wear and would have been a replacement for the early round ball pommel that existed on this dagger when it was first produced. The crossguard is a typical WKC example looking about the same as the one shown on page 274, center. The detail to the crossguard is still outstanding showing little to no wear. The center block anchors are nicely displayed as are the raised acanthus leaves on both sides of the crossguards. The end buttons are also still relatively crisp.

The grip of this example is an appealing off-white color. It is in perfect condition throughout being a celluloid coating over a wood base. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. The aluminum portepee is nicely set in place and appears to have been on the dagger a long time. This portepee is in excellent condition showing only age but no fraying.

The scabbard is also a fine desirable example. This scabbard is of solid brass construction having fine hammered surfaces. It too is an earlier form but is basically the same as the types made during the later 1930s the exception being the bands are slightly more narrow than the later types. These bands though are high off the surface depicting fine overlapping oak leaves and acorns. There is some mild wear to the bands but not bad. It is also interesting to note that the eyelets have had hand engraving to replicate oak leaves in their surfaces. This was a trait that is commonly seen on hammered scabbards by WKC. This scabbard looks nearly identical to the example shown on page 215 of my Navy Book. The scabbard is straight throughout with the exception of just the tiniest carrying hit at the bottom just above the button end. It is nothing however. The rings on this example are plain and the throat is retained by fine brass screws which are located fairly low down.

The blade is a double etched sailing ship variety still being nice and bright throughout. The sailing ship etch is all there but it is starting to thin a little and is a bit difficult to see as the frosting is mostly gone from the backgrounds. Remember, this is an old blade that probably was wiped off many times by its original carrier as well as others who have owned the dagger after the war. The blade though still grades easily at excellent plus condition. It has a fine needlelike tip and the obverse ricasso is stamped with the knighthead logo. The logo is positioned over the firm’s initials, “WKC”. The original off-red felt buffer is in place.

This is a very nice early WKC dagger which was probably originally produced about 1933 to 1935. It was worn by its owner with its original ball top pommel until that was replaced in 1938 with the eagle and swastika. This dagger shows a lot of nautical history here and is in very fine collectible condition. A great dagger here for those who know naval pieces and enjoy studying all their attributes.

Excellent Plus. $2,295.00

NVL12 #31717 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn 2nd Model Naval Dagger is in excellent condition, showing signs of wear during the period but still being in very collectible condition. The pommel and cross guard are textbook Eickhorn types, being identical to the examples I show on pages 263 and 266 of my Navy Book. The brass based mounts have fairly good gilding throughout.

The pommel has approximately 50% - 60% of the gilding and the cross guard has slightly more gilding. The pommel has excellent detail to the eagle’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The crossguard has the usual fouled anchor center blocks with good acanthus leaves throughout the quillon arms. The end buttons are well done.

The grip is an off-white celluloid over wood base. It is in perfect condition throughout and it is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. The scabbard that is with this example appears to be possibly a Hörster. It is identical to the example that I show on page 285. This dagger was purchased from a Vet family so that the dagger has always been this way since it came back from the war.

This scabbard is an all brass example having fine hammering to the surfaces. The scabbard is nice and straight and the lower chape button has been left plain. The bands are the higher off-the-surface type and they show some wear to the oak leaves and acorn mix but the detail is still there. The eyelets are the smooth type, exactly like the piece shown on page 285. The throat is the thicker type having a fairly good cantilever over all sides. This throat is retained by two brass dome head screws. The scabbard still has about 20% - 25% of the original gilding. It is still clinging in the areas protected by the bands and the throat and there are also smatterings of gilding here and there on the surfaces. A fine scabbard here.

The blade is a choice double-etched example having good, bright nickel plating. There are some very small age spots in some of the frosting but they are only in the form of minor discoloration, not pits. The fouled anchor etches are still bright and very prominent on the blade. The blade easily rates at excellent plus to near mint. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the over-the-shoulder trademark. The blade is protected by the original tan felt washer. This washer shows some breakdown on one side and the other side shows minor age but it is still basically all there.

A nice hammered scabbard with double etch blade here for a reasonable price. If you are looking for one that has seen wartime experience but still will look nice in your collection, this one should fit the bill.

Excellent Plus. $1,595.00

NVL12 #35004C Early 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Alcoso

This early Alcoso produced example has a scabbard that is fitted with the reef knot bands being identical to the example I show in my Navy Book on page 296.

The hilt mounts of this example are in excellent condition having some of the original gilding still remaining in the recesses but mostly they are down to the brass. These mounts appear to be the generic type that was used by Weyersberg, Clemen & Jung, Klaas and others. These mounts are identical to the examples I show on page 293. The eagle is of excellent design having good detail to the features and also to the wreath with mobile swastika. The crossguard has the typical fouled anchors with good detail to the acanthus leaves and button ends. The nipples at the end are the same as is shown on page 293. It is also interesting to note that the blade release button used on this piece is the “drilled” type not the usual “notched” type. The grip is a fine off-white example still being in perfect condition and having tightly twisted brass wire. There is lots of old dirt and residue trapped by the wire in between the ribs.

Setting off the hilt of this dirk is the original aluminum portepee. This portepee is the style with wide cord and it remains in the naval tie. Unfortunately there is some fraying where the cords come out of the naval tie but it is still strong and not apt to break. The slide and stem below are the typical “V” decorated type with a bullion ball at the bottom and the “cat’s anus” style insert. This dagger does not appear to have ever been apart.

The scabbard as noted above is the style with reef knot bands on the obverse and regular rope design on the reverse as well as the eyelets. The scabbard motif is the lightning bolt variety. There is some gold remaining here and there in the recesses which exactly matches the gilding finish to the hilt, crossguard and butt plate. The palmettes are deeply stamped as are the lightning bolts, ermine feet and the pointed acanthus leaves at the bottom. This is all typical Alcoso workmanship here. The throat is retained by two dome head brass screws.

The double etched blade is a choice sailing ship variety. The details to the blade etch are excellent with all of the frosting behind it. The blade features an anchor in the center of the obverse with a sailing ship below making its way over some sea plants. At the upper portion are floral designs. The reverse blade is similar except that there is no anchor and the sailing ship is larger. The details are outstanding and you can even see all of the mast lines as well as the ensigns flying. This blade has its original needlelike tip and is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Alcoso trademark used from 1937 through 1939. It features the scales having the firm’s initials “ACS” interspersed and above the scales in an arch shape is the firm’s block lettered name, “Alcoso” and below the location city of “Solingen”. The original red felt blade buffer is in place.

This is an outstanding untouched naval dirk here by a fairly rare maker and has never been apart. A fine acquisition for a serious naval collector.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,995.00

NVL12 #34894 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger shows some wear from the period but overall it is still in good collectible condition. The hilt mounts are textbook Eickhorn being identical to the examples I show in my Navy Book on pages 263 and 266.

The pommel and crossguard have about 50-60% of the original gilding, mostly in the recesses. The pommel has excellent detail to the bird’s head which is positioned to the viewer’s left. Beneath are excellent breast feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika within the wreath. The crossguard is the standard type with fouled anchors in the center blocks. The acanthus leaves on the quillon arms are nicely detailed as are the button ends.

The grip is a carved wood base which is coated with off-white celluloid. The celluloid remains in perfect condition and is wrapped with twisted brass wire. The original-to-the-piece nylon portepee is stillinI place in the naval tie. The portepee shows some age and has toned to a golden color. There is only just the slightest start of fray at the cord position under the crossguard but it is nothing. The slide and stem have the “V” designs woven into their surfaces. The lower ball has the yarn-like nylon covering and the insert is the “cat’s anus” type. An extremely nice hilt here!

The lightning bolt scabbard nicely matches with the same amount of gilding remaining as the hilt mounts. This lightning bolt scabbard shows some carrying time and there are just slight indentations in the lower portion of the scabbard but they are really not dense. The lightning bolt pattern is deeply struck featuring palmettes over and under the carrying bands and at the lower portion lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The scabbard is the same as page 266 in my navy book. The bands are still crisp featuring overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets have the triple serrated surfaces showing only nominal wear. The throat is retained by two brass dome head side screws.

The blade is a really nice double etched type having needlelike tip. The nautical scenes are beautifully done with full 100% o the gray backgrounds remaining. A great looking blade here which is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the post 41 Eickhorn squirrel. This squirrel is the “over-the-shoulder” type and is the same as page 266. Beneath the squirrel are the three words, “Original / Eickhorn / Solingen”. The original brown felt blade buffer is in place.

A nice dagger here which gives a feeling of the period with its wear but still retains great collectability with its condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #34725C Imperial Model 1890 Naval Long Dirk Converted to Model 1921

This Imperial Naval Dirk is basically the same as the example I show on page 51 of my Navy Book. There is one main difference though, and that is the fact that the finials have been removed from the pommel. The reason for this is so that the dagger could somewhat conform to the 1919 model, that was produced after the abdication of the Kaiser and the losing of WWI. In other words, the original owner of this dagger served in the Imperial Navy, and once the war was lost, and there no longer was a Kaiser, rather than purchase a new dagger, this officer had the pommel finials removed, making it no longer an Imperial crown type. The job of removal was quite well done, having the area completely checkered and pebbled. In fact, if you did not know that this pommel used to have finials on the top, you would probably not realize it.

The original eight separate panels still are there, however, and they depict the Prussian eagle, and alternating eagle on each one. This pommel has a screw which keeps it tight against the blade tang. Nothing was done to the crossguard, and this guard is still its original Imperial type. It features fouled anchors in the center blocks of both sides. The backgrounds of the anchors have been heavily random pebbled. The quillon arms are four sided and they extend outward to capstan ends.

The grip is a very fine example. It has a very beautiful color tone, being a gold hue on the obverse, and slightly lighter on the reverse. There are also some attractive grains that run in the surfaces. There is one crack, which is on the reverse, extending from the center part, down to the bottom of the grip. Cracks like this are expected, and by no means do they detract from the beauty or value. The grip is wrapped with heavy, twisted, silver wire. It is also interesting to note that apparently the blade button release which on these daggers was a two part example, became separated, and the upper section was lost to time. This did not bother the original owner, as he merely substituted a screw, which does the same job.

The scabbard is the long type, having a lightning bolt pattern. This scabbard shows quite a bit of usage over the years, having a number of mild dings in the surfaces, and a few hits to the lower edge. There are palmettes above and below the band, and further down are the upward pointing lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. The bands are the Guilloche style, meaning that they simulate ropes wrapped around pilings. The detail to the rope-like design is still fairly crisp. The eyelets are plain. The reverse of the scabbard throat area also has the name engraved of the original owner. Unfortunately, the wear to the engraving has left some of the letters indiscernable, so that I am not able to tell you what the name is. Perhaps someone with a real good eye and a loupe could figure this one out. The throat is retained by two small dome head side screws.

The long style blade is the Imperial type with the center ridge, and double edged feature. In order to conform with the "No Imperial" theme, the original wearer also had the etch buffed off this blade. Since the etch had the Imperial crown, it was also offensive at the time. There are very slight traces of the original etch still there if you look close, but at first glance the blade has the appearance of being plain. The condition of the blade is still fairly good, having a needle-like tip. The blade has its original off-red buffer, of which a portion is missing from the right side.

Overall a most interesting dagger here, for those of you who understand some of the transitions that went along with Naval service. Obviously, times were tough, and officers were not about to discard or throw away a good dagger, just because the new example was not like the old example. We see over and over, many instances where daggers have been altered to suit the new fashion. This is the first example of this type that I have seen, and I must say, it is extremely interesting and fascinating to me. I hope someone else out there will also admire this piece of history, which reflects the period from 1890-1921.

Excellent. $2,195.00

NVL12 #34380 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is in choice condition, there is at least 95-98% of the original gilding on the hilt mounts, as well as the scabbard.

The pommel and crossguard are textbook Eickhorn examples, being the same as I show on pages 263 and 266 of my Navy Book. The pommel is a beauty, having excellent detail to the bird's head, feathering, talons, wreath, and swastika in the center. The gilding is only worn a little bit on the ends of the half-folded wings. The crossguard also has almost all of the gilding, with only a little bit of brass showing through on the left quillon end. The rest of the guard is in choice gilded condition, to include the fouled anchor center blocks, the acanthus leaves on the quillon arms, and the button ends.

The grip is a fine, carved wood, having an off-white, celluloid covering. The celluloid is in perfect condition, and has toned to a pleasing hue. This perfect conditioned grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. The scabbard is a lightning bolt type, that appears to have nearly all of its gilding. There is one spot at the lower portion of the obverse, where the gilding has either worn off, or perhaps came off from some liquid or other material that sat on the space. It is not bad though, and if anything, gives the dagger charachter. You will always be able to identify your dagger by this particular spot! The rest of the scabbard is a beauty, having great stamping to the palmettes around the carrying bands, and also to the lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. The bands are the overlapping oak leaves and acorns, showing little to no wear. The eyelets have good, crisp, triple serrations. There is still quite a bit of the original gilding left on the hanging rings. The throat is retained by two dome head brass screws.

As we would hope, the blade is still in nice condition. This blade has a good, bright finish throughout, being nickel plated. The obverse tip is in nice condition, and the reverse tip shows just a little bit of scuffing, where apparently there was a small pit or something removed, but it is hardly noticeable. Other than this, the blade is in choice, mint condition, having fine, fouled anchor etch, with all of the gray in the backgrounds. This fine blade is stamped with the 1935-41 squirrel. The tan felt blade buffer is in place.

A very nice navy dagger here, which should fit into most collections without a problem.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #34272 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger has signs of age throughout, but no abuse anywhere. The gilding is mostly worn off the hilt parts, but there are some areas where there is lots of gilding remaining in the recesses. The hilt is a textbook Eickhorn example, being identical to the pommel I show in my Navy Book on page 263. The details are still outstanding to the pommel's head, breast feathering, and curved wings. The talons retain a vaulted wreath with a mobile swastika inside. The crossguard is identical to the example I show on page 266. It features a good, crisp, fouled anchor in both of the center blocks, and good acanthus leaves on the front and reverse of both crossguards. The end buttons show little wear with good accent lines running around. The nipples show slight wear to the edges. The grip is a fine, off white example being a carved base with celluloid covering. The celluloid is in perfect condition, and it is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is straight throughout, and like the hilt has some age to the surfaces. About 30% of the gilding remains, and in the area where the gilding has worn off, the brass mounts have turned to a pleasing "plum" color. I like this type of patination, and I am sure if you do, you will like this scabbard. The throat fitting as well as the butt fitting below the crossguard have also turned plum. The scabbard is deeply stamped, having palmets around the bands, and the lower section has the lightning bolts with ermine feet, and acanthus leaves, the same as page 266. The bands have the overlapping oak leaves and acorns, showing little wear. The eyelets are finished with triple serrated edges. The throat is retained by two dome head brass side screws.

The blade is a real pleasure to gaze upon, as it comes out of this patinated scabbard. This blade remains in full mint condition, having high quality nickel finish. The needle like tip is still there, and 100% of the frosting remains around the raised, fouled anchor etch. This mint blade is stamped on the reverse ricasso with the 1935-41 squirrel trademark. The tan felt blade buffer is in place.

A fine example here for someone who is looking for a dagger that has signs of being carried through the war, but no abuse.

Excellent. $1,195.00

NVL12 #34053 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn 2nd Model Naval Dagger is completely textbook throughout.

The pommel has a mild amount of patina on the sections where the gilding has worn to the brass. The detail though is still all there to the bird’s head, breast feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The gilding on the pommel is maybe 40-50%. The crossguard has much more gilded finish being at about 90%. This crossguard has excellent detail to the center block fouled anchors, the acanthus leaves on the crossguard arms and to the button ends having good deep accent grooves around the circumference. The grip is an off-white example being a carved wood base with celluloid covering. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. This grip has no cracks or any problems.

The scabbard shell is the lightning bolt type. It is completely straight throughout and has excellent remaining gilding. The gilding is slightly worn on the left edge and also in the reverse areas between the bands. The rest of the gilding is still intact being nearly 100% on the obverse. This scabbard has fine carrying bands consisting of overlapping oak leaves with acorn mix. There is little wear to these bands. The eyelets are also in excellent condition. The throat of this example is retained by two dome head brass side screws.

The blade of this piece is about as nice as you will see. It has high quality nickel-plated surfaces which still have an outstanding mirror finish. The double etched blade features the fouled anchor motif. The anchors are in the center area with a floral design above. Below the anchor is an additional anchor which features two serpents twisted around the shaft. The background of the etch remains at 100%. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 squirrel trademark. This trademark features a sword carrying a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the word “original” and below is the name of the firm and the location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The original brown felt buffer is in place.

A nice solid dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00