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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 #45824 2nd Model Naval Portepee by P. D. Luneschloss

This naval dagger shows some wear of the period but still remains in very nice condition throughout. The pommel and crossguard are of excellent quality brass.

The pommel features a fine bird head with excellent checkered breast half open wings and wreath with swastika. The crossguard has the fouled anchors in the center block with good quillon arms decorated with acanthus leaves and button ends with fairly long nipples.

The grip has toned to a fine ivory-like color. The celluloid remains in perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

Decorating the hilt is the original to piece portepee. This portepee is one of the nylon types but it has toned beautifully to a golden brown color. It is tightly tied in the naval double reef knot and has no fraying at all. The slide and stem have the v decorated bullion type weaving and the lower ball is toned to match the cord. A very fine knot here making for an excellent looking hilt.

The scabbard is the lightning bolt variety. It has deep engravings to the palmettes around the upper and lower bands. At the lower is the lightning bolts acanthus leaves and ermine feet. There is a very small minor ding where the lightning bolts meet the ermine feet aa the obverse. The bands are the high off the surface type featuring overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the triple serrated type showing only minor wear.

The blade is a real gem having very fine nickel plated surfaces still in mint condition. The etch is the sailing ship variety. It features the fouled anchor on the obverse with the sailing ship at the bottom approaching the viewer on a sea of plants. The reverse eliminates the anchor and just features a larger sailing ship on sea plants. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double oval logo which contains the firm’s name and location P. D. Luneschloss Solingen. In the center is the old fashioned fire helmet with sword piercing the middle of the helmet. The original brown leather buffer is in place.

A very nice navy dagger here showing some history with it yet still in fine condition.

Excellent Plus Plus. $1,495.00

NVL12 #46061C Imperial Transitional Dirk with Third Reich Pommel and Damast Blade WK & C

This 1902 pattern imperial naval dirk has also saw usage during the Third Reich period and has a fine 1938 changeover pommel. The brass pommel is in very fine condition with its very high wreath and swastika with deep recesses to the wings.

The crossguard is the typical imperial type having fouled anchors in both of the center blocks. The crossguard arms are the fours sided variety with capstan ends.

Gracing the hilt is a very fine ivory grip. The ivory is most pleasing to the eye having fine age cracks that run down both of the edges. The obverse has turned a nice golden color and the age toning is a little bit deeper on the reverse. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The original imperial naval portepee is still set in place. It shows a little fraying up at the pommel area and also some where the cord comes out of the knot. This fraying has been period repaired in a clever manner whereas the original wearer concealed it by winding matching thread around the fray. Really looks great! The knot is tied in the double reef variety. The stem and slide are the v shaped silver variety and the ball has a interesting silver cloth pattern insert.

The scabbard is a very fine example being completely straight throughout. It is hand chased variety. There are panels of oak leaves that are positioned above and below both of the carrying bands and also nearly the lower chape are a series of oak and acorns. Very nice designs here. The bands are the style with sharp borders and they feature large raised pebble patterns. The eyelets are serrated with separations between the serrations. The carrying rings have been enhanced to resemble rope.

The Damascus blade is as fine as they come. It is a beautiful maidenhair pattern with good prominent designs and rates easily in near mint condition. The blade is marked with the turn of the century style WKC knight head with no initials below. The original red felt is in place.

An extremely fine transitional piece here.

We are awaiting the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Certificate.

Excellent Plus Plus. $5,995.00

NVL12 #46060C 2nd Model Naval with Ivory Grip WKC

This 2nd model naval is quite pretty and it is equipped with the changeover 1938 pommel so chances are it is an earlier dagger which it appears to be by the mounts and the dagger originally had a ball top pommel.

The 38 pommel is extremely nice having a vaulted wreath with swastika and good recesses to the wings.

The crossguard is an early type as I said above as it has a center release button being the type with the top which screws out. We see these buttons on earlier pieces. The crossguard center blocks having the fouled anchors and the crossguards are made with acanthus leaves on both sides with button ends and good nipples.

The beautiful ivory grip is in perfect condition. It has age cracks that run down both sides and the obverse is nicely golden toned and the reverse is deeply golden toned. A beautiful perfect grip here. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

There is an aluminum style portepee in the double reef knot. It appears to have been tied in position for a very long time and is most likely original to the piece. There is just the slightest of fray where the cord comes out of the knot.

The scabbard is a hammered type. It is straight throughout with very good peening. The scabbard carrying bands are thinner than most having highly raised oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are interesting as they are the plain type and engraved with oak leaves as WKC did on their later examples. The upper eyelet shows quite a bit of wear reflecting a long time carrying which makes sense with the age of this dagger. The throat is retained by two dome head screws.

The blade is a good example still being bright and reflecting the sailing ship design. All of the frosting is behind the etches and although the blade shows just a bit of wear and so forth there is really no problems with it and it certainly grades at excellent plus plus.It reflects the anchor over the sailing ship on the obverse and on the reverse is a larger sailing ship with no anchor sailing toward the viewer on a bed of sea reeds. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the knight head trademark with the firm’s initials WKC beneath. The original off red blade buffer is in place.

A very nice example here.

We are awaiting the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Certificate.

Excellent Plus. $2,695.00

NVL12 #45770C 2nd Model Naval with Bullion Portepee and Hangers by WKC

This 2nd model naval is complete with all accoutrements and is in about the best possible condition overall that a collector is likely to find.

The mounts are all beautiful textbook WKC. The pommel has 100 percent of its gilt as does the crossguard as does the crossguard. The pommel is a fine example having excellent detail to the bird’s head breast feathering wings and raised wreath with swastika. The choice crossguard features the center block with fouled anchor having acanthus leaves decorating all four areas of the crossguards. The end buttons are in good condition with nipples in the center.

The original to the piece portepee is one of the silver bullion types. It has toned to golden color and is set in place in the double reef knot. A beautiful knot here that really does much to accent this great piece.

The scabbard is also in brand new condition. It has no dents or wear and easily has 100 percent of its gilt throughout. The scabbard is the lightning bolt variety. It features the palmettes on either side of the bands with lighting bolts ermine feet and acanthus leaves at the bottom. The bands are the high of the surface WKC type featuring overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are triple serrated and are still crisp throughout.

Attached to the scabbard rings is an outstanding set of Kriegsmarine hangers. These hangers are the gilded aluminum type and the strapping is the fine black moire obverse with black velvet backs. The strapping shows no wear whatsoever, The hardware features the lion mask buckles which are also pristine with 100 percent gilt. The same is true of the snap clips slide and aluminum regain chain with hook.

The blade of this example is just as nice as the outside. It is a full mint conditioned example featuring the fouled anchor nautical etch. The etching is pristine perfect highlighted by the 100 percent shading in the backgrounds. The blade is of highest quality nickel plating having needlelike tip. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the knight head trademark with the firm’s initial beneath “WKC”. The original red felt blade buffer is in place.

If you are looking for the best of the best in a naval dagger with full accoutrements this piece should appeal very much to you.

Mint. $2,295.00

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 #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.

This dagger comes with an exception certification regarding the ivory grip.

Near Mint. $4,995.00

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.

This dagger comes with an exception certification regarding the ivory grip.

Excellent Plus. $6,295.50

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. $4,850.00

NVL12 #45773 1st Model Naval Dirk - Marine-marked

This naval dirk is an interesting piece being the first model type with the ball type pommel. The pommel is an excellent example having much hand enhancing to the reeds and cattails which are placed above cresting waves.

The crossguard is the traditional style having the diamond on the back of the center block and fouled anchors on the obverse. This could indicate that the piece may be Alcoso made but since it is not maker marked I can’t tell for sure. The crossguard has excellent acanthus leaves on both of the quillion arms with good ending buttons and nipples.

The grip is a fine off white celluloid which remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. It is possible that this grip could have been changed to a white example as looking at the overall early qualities of this piece it could have started its original life as a 1921 model.

The hilt is wrapped with a really great silver bullion portepee. The portepee remains in very fine condition with no fraying and has a very tight knot set in place. The slide is missing from the portepee but it is not noticeable. The stem is the bullion type with “V” designs and the bullion ball is equipped with the cat’s anus style stuffing.

The scabbard is an interesting example as it is plain throughout with no stampings. It is very unusual to see a plain scabbard like this but once again this is indicative of perhaps the dagger starting as a 1921 model when metal was very short in Germany. The scabbard shell remains in perfect condition with no dents. It is equipped with figure eight style bands. The upper band shows some wear on the reverse of the figure eight knot which most likely is attributable to a former hanger hardware interfering with it while it was worn. The bands are equipped with eyelets which are simulated rope as well as the ringlets also being similar rope.

The blade is a plain type equipped with double fullers. The blade is basically bright throughout except for a little mild age on both sides of the ricasso. The reverse ricasso is stamped with an M over an anchor which is also a property marking we see from the 1921 pieces. The blade grades at about excellent. The original red buffer is in place.A very nice early 1st model dagger here that would accent well a sophisticated naval type collection.

Excellent. $1,495.00

NVL12 #45775 Transitional 1848 Model Naval Dirk

This naval dirk is very interesting to me and seems to reflect two or three periods of naval history. First of all the pommel is the early ball top style. It has very deep enhancement to the reeds and cattails with cresting waves at the base. This pommel has the look of the early 1848 models. Additionally the crossguard is the capstan type which we would normally see on a 48 model. It has the fouled anchor center blocks with push button blade release and the quillon arms are in the forms with the capstan ends.

The clincher however is the shape of the grip. This grip is of ivory and is much more bulbous at the upper area and then tapers thinner as it goes down to the bottom edge. The grip is also hand turned to create the ribs. This is the shape that we frequently see on these early 1848 models. The ivory on the reverse has the usual cracking and nice golden tones however on the obverse it has sustained some type of staining or surface damage. Perhaps this could be repaired by someone in the future by maybe rubbing a little of the surface off of the ivory. However I am content to leave it the way it is as it speaks of the dirk’s history.

The scabbard is also interesting. The scabbard is a brass example and is not the 1848 version which I believe was discarded for this scabbard to stay in keeping with the imperial times of the Kaiser. The scabbard appears to have been a plain brass finish and guilloche style simulated carrying bands have been engraved into the surfaces. The engraving is only on the obverse. The eyelets are plain. At the lower portion of the scabbard it also has the lightning bolts ermine feet and acanthus leaves which also appear to be engraved and are only on the obverse. This to me is definitely a scabbard that the original weather purchased to stay with the times.The blade is the style that we often see with earlier pieces. It has a short ricasso with center ridge and is double etched. It is etched with nautical scenes featuring a sailing ship on the reverse side of the blade over sea plants and on the obverse reflects the crown over an anchor also over sea plants. The blade is still mostly bright showing only modest age. The bottom of the crossguard is missing the washer but it allows us to see the stampings on it which appear to be 110746 on the one side and DRGM on the other side of the butt plate.

A very interesting dagger here for the type of person that enjoys studying the different modifications that happened with these early naval dirks as the times changed. A great piece to add to a sophisticated naval type collection.

This dagger comes with an antique ivory certification document, which as of August 3rd is in the process of being drawn up.

Excellent. $1,395.00

NVL12 #45401C 2nd Model Naval by Paul Weyersberg

This Weyersberg dagger is of all fine brass mounts. The dagger looks to have been worn during the war years and there is little to no gild remaining across the brass mounts and scabbard.

The pommel is a very nice example featuring good detail to the bird’s head breast feathering vaulted wreath and swastika. The crossguard also is in nice condition with fouled anchor center blocks. The quillon arms are decorated with raised acanthus leaves and have button ends with fairly long protruding nipples in the center.

The grip is a wood base covered with celluloid. The obverse grip remains in perfect condition and has a very nice ivory tone to it. The reverse grip unfortunately has developed a crack in the next to last rib and I also see signs of perhaps a small hairliner in the lower rib of the reverse. If the dagger is being displayed though this should not be a problem.

The scabbard is a good example still being straight and showing a few minor carrying signs. It is the lightning bolt variety with deeply stamped acanthus leaves followed by lightning bolts ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The bands are a high off the surface type with overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets have good triple serrated edges. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws.

The blade is in good condition however it is not all that bright. It has a slightly gray look to it which I don’t know whether it was made this way or whether age has done the deed. The blade is perfectly formed with a needlelike tip. It features the standard fouled anchor nautical motif on both sides of the blade. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location Paul Weyersberg Solingen and in the center is a sword piercing a wheat shaft. This blade grades at about excellent. The original brown leather buffer is in place.

A good Weyersberg piece here that is pierced accordingly.

Excellent. $795.00

NVL12 #45520C 2nd Model Naval with Hammered Scabbard by WKC

This hammered scabbard piece is in nice condition throughout. It shows the usage during its time around but overall it still is in really nice condition. The dagger does not have a lot of gild left to it but it's nicely patinated brass mounts and scabbard are all evenly toned and quite attractive. It is a classic WKC piece.

The pommel remains in good condition still having excellent detail to the birds head breast feathering and wings and the swastika is nicely vaulted out of the wreath.

The crossguard features the fouled anchors in the center blocks and both crossguard arms have good acanthus leaves with button lined ends and nipples in the center.

The grip is a carved wood base covered with celluloid. The celluloid has toned nicely and it remains in good condition showing a couple of age stains but otherwise it is fine. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The original to the piece silver bullion portepee is completely set in place. This portepee las long since toned to a very dark color but it really looks neat the way double reef knot is tied and all of the age that has set into the knot areas. Unfortunately the dagger most have been worn quite a bit as the knot is fairly frayed where it comes out of the loop. The stem and slide still have their v design bullion coverings and the lower ball has tone to match the cord. The ball is stuffed with the cat’s anus style thread that we often see on naval daggers.

The hammered scabbard is a very fine example with no dents in it. It is absolutely perfect. It matches the patination of the hlt perfectly and it is interesting to note that WKC hammers the small chape button at the end to match the rest of the scabbard. The bands are the high off the surface type with good overal;lping oak leaves and, as we often see on WKC hammered pieces the eyelets have oak leaves carved into their surfaces. We don’t see this on all WKC’s but on most. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

It is a real pleasure to look at the blade. This blade remains in full mint condition having outstanding high quality nickel plated surfaces with needlelike tip. The fouled anchor nautical motif is brilliant against the 100 percent frosted backgrounds.The blade is stamped on the obverse wit the knight head logo and beneath is the firm’s initials WKC. The original red felt buffer is in place showing a little wear around the edges but still all there.

A nice naval dagger that really talks history to the next owner.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

NVL12 #45210 2nd Model Naval by Carl Eickhorn

This naval dagger is composed of absolute textbook Eickhorn parts.

The pommel is a real beauty being the changeover style that was instituted in 1938. It is a very fine eagle having deep recesses in the wings with large vaulted wreath and shiny swastika in center. The detail to the bird’s head is also outstanding.

The crossguard could not be nicer having the fouled anchor centers with the acanthus leaves on each of the quillon arms. The button ends are in good condition with nipples in the center.

The wood carved grip is covered in white celluloid still being in perfect condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It is a very fine Eickhorn scabbard having nearly 100 percent of the original gilt still on the obverse. It features palmettes over and under the carrying bands and at the bottom are deeply stamped lightning bolts ermine feet and acanthus leaves. On the reverse of the scabbard the gilding is still at 100 percent at the upper area above the band and at the lower area below the second band. The area in between the to bands was obviously the place where the original wearer chose to hold his hand to keep the dagger in place. The gilt has worn off this area and if anything kind of talks to you. The bands feature fine oak leaves with acorns and the eyelets are the triple serrated type. The throat is retained by two dome head screws.

The blade is of highest quality and still in full mint condition. It is a nickel plated example with its needlelike tip. The frost behind the fouled anchor etch is 100 percent and really shows off the raised work here. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935 through 41 squirrel logo. The original brown felt buffer pad is in place.

An extremely nice Eickhorn dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,425.00

NVL12 #34380 2nd Model Naval by Carl Eickhorn

This is a very fine piece having all of the original gild finish, accept for a small portion about the size of a quarter on the scabbard obverse over the area that features the lightning bolts. The mounts throughout are all classic Eickhorn. The hilt parts are in choice perfect condition. The pommel features the finely detailed eagle clutching a wreath with swastika. The cross guard has outstanding detail to the acanthus leaves on the quillon arms, the fouled anchor center blocks and the button ends with nipples in the center. The off-white grip remains in perfect condition having a base of carved wood. The grip is wrapped with tight twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is straight as an arrow featuring the lightning bolt design. The scabbard reflects full original gild finish with the exception of the small area over the lightning bolts mentioned above. (The next owner may wish to simi-chrome just this small area to bring back the brightness of the brass). The palmettes are deeply stamped around the bands, as is the case with the lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns being in choice crisp condition, to include the triple-serrated eyelets. The throat is retained by two dome head center screws.

The double-etched blade is in full mint condition, being of the finest quality with choice nickel-plated finish. The background frosting is still perfect and really sets off the raised areas of the fouled anchor nautical scenes. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark. The original brown felt blade buffer is in place.

A very fine piece here.

Mint Minus. $1,350.00

NVL12 #45007 1st Model Naval with Orange Grip and Hammered Scabbard

This naval dagger is an incredibly nice piece. It is one of the rarely seen 1st Model types having survived the adjustment of putting the 1937 eagle on it. Apparently this offer retired prior to that time.

The pommel is an outstanding ball top featuring reeds and cattails over cresting waves. The pommel has nice detail.

The crossguard is also extremely nice having fine fouled anchors in the center blocks with good acanthus leaves and having line enhanced ends with nipples which stick out quite far. Just looking at these mounts I feel that this dagger was most likely made by the Hörster firm.

The grip is a very beautiful orange example having one tiny crack on the reverse bottom right rib. Other than this the grip is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

Decorating the hilt is a fine aluminum style knot which appears to have been on the dagger for a long time. It is tightly set in place in the double naval reef tie. It shows only the most modest signs of usage.

The scabbard is an outstanding example being completely straight throughout and having very fine hammered finish. The bands are very nicely rendered having enhanced oak leaves and acorns with eyelets having the typical triple surface serrations. The throat is retained by two dome head screws.

The blade is also a very fine example being in almost complete mint condition. It is very bright having finest nickel plated finish. The frosting behind the fouled anchor etch is still all there with just a slight bit of age noticeable in a couple of areas in the frosting. Otherwise the blade is perfect. The original leather buffer is in place.

Original 1st Model naval daggers are quite difficult to come by and are a real must for an advanced naval collection. This one really has the looks to a long with its rarely encountered ball top.

Near Mint. $2,195.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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