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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 #50213 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Orange Grip by WKC

This WKC naval dagger is in outstanding condition, with the textbook WKC hilt mounts retaining full detailing throughout.

The obverse grip is a beautiful shade of deep orange that fades in intensity on the reverse. It is a solid celluloid example that remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

Wrapped about the hilt is a beautiful aluminum portepee. It is the type with thick cord and it remains tied in the original double reef knot. It was very difficult to tie this knot given the thickness of these cords, but this one is perfectly done.

The scabbard is a standard WKC lightning bolt type with nice gilding that matches the hilt fittings. It remains in fine condition, with no hand wear and straight as an arrow. The throat is retained by a pair of brass dome head side screws.

The blade remains in full mint condition and is etched with the familiar fouled anchor pattern. This etch retains 100% of the original background frosting. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight's Helmet trademark of the WKC firm, and the original red felt blade buffer is in place.

An extremely nice naval dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,595.00

NVL12 #50978 Early 2nd Model Naval Dagger by Carl Eickhorn

This very early naval dagger had a ball top pommel when it was issued; it now has the 1938 changeover eagle and swastika pommel. This pommel is a beauty, with fine detailing throughout the bird. The guard is an Eichorn type, with large fouled anchor center blocks.

The celluloid grip coating is nice toned and remains tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The original aluminum portepee is present and firmly set in place, looking to have never been off the dagger. It shows age but isn't worn or frayed.

The early scabbard shows hand wear, but the detailing throughout the panels, bands, and eyelets remains mainly good and only slightly worn. The eyelets are fitted with friction sleeves. The throat is retained by dome head screws.

The blade remains most bright and in fine shape, not mint but in the neighborhood. The fouled anchor etch has good background frosting. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the early Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, with the serrated tail. The original felt buffer is in place, showing wear.

This dagger has seen a lot wearing time, and it is quite rare to see early Eickhorn daggers in this kind of condition.

Excellent. $1,395.00

NVL12 #50742 2nd Model Naval Dagger by Carl Eickhorn

This naval dagger has fine brass hilt fittings in very good condition. The detailing throughout the pommel and crossguard remains crisp.

The celluloid coating on the wooden grip remains in perfect condition and is nicely toned, It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The lightning bolt pattern scabbard remains in nice condition, although it does show signs of usage. Despite this hand wear the detaining remains good throughout the surfaces and the bands. The serrated eyelets also show modest wear.

The fouled anchor pattern blade is a beauty and remains in mint condition., with 100% of the background frosting and a good tip. The reverse is stamped with the 1935 through 1941 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark.

The blade buffer is leather which is not correct for Eickhorn, so it is obviously a replacement.

A good example here, with signs of use but not abuse.

Excellent. $1,195.00

NVL12 #50884 2nd Model Naval Dagger by F. W. Höller

This dagger as Holler mounts throughout, which is no surprise as they made the dagger. The pommel and guard remain in good condition throughout. The Holler pommel is identifiable by the deeper recesses in the wings and a highly vaulted swastika.

The off-white celluloid coating on the wooden grip is cracked, which is unfortunate but not at all a rare sight. The crack runs nearly the entire length of the celluloid shell, and may not worsen as the grip is very tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The original aluminum portepee is tied about the hilt, being the style with thick cords. This knot is totally set in place, showing some wear and minor fraying.

The scabbard remains straight but only a small amount of the original gilding remains intact. The detailing remains good, however. The bands are typical examples of Holler fabrication, with straight borders and some hand enhancing to the oak leaves. The eyelets show modest wear to the serrations, and the throat is retained by a pair of side screws.

The blade is etched with a sailing ship pattern, a hallmark of Holler production. The blade is in nice shape, with fine frosting to the etched patterns on both sides. The reverse is marked with the Höller Thermometer trademark, and the original red felt blade buffer is in place.

A nice Holler example here. The cracked grip is a shame but we see this more and more as time goes by.

Good Plus. $1,095.00

NVL12 #50677 2nd Model Naval Dagger by Alcoso

This piece most likely had a ball pommel at one time, as it has been fitted with the so-called "changeover" pommel ordered in 1937. This pommel remains nicely detailed and free of wear, as does the textbook Alcoso crossguard with the diamond shape in the reverse center block. The original release button works well but looks to be a period replacement, which is fairly common as they weren't designed well initially and were prone to falling out.

The grip is the usual wood affair covered in celluloid. There is what appears to be a repair on the left side of the second rib. Luckily this flaw is covered by the original portepee. This grip is tightly wrapped with very thin twisted wire. The original portepee shows age and wear, set in the original double reef knot. There is fraying on the front and back, and quite a bit more where the cords exit the knot.

The scabbard is typical Alcoso lightning bolt type, with good, clear stamped designs throughout. The acanthus leaves are pointed on Alcoso pieces, and we see that design trait clearly here. The bands and rings remain in nice condition, the former being interesting as the oak leaves run in the opposite direction to most other producers and the latter having inserted reinforcing sleeves.

The blade is a very fine example which, surprisingly, is in mint condition. As we would expect on a dagger of this vintage the etch pattern is the sailing ship pattern. This etch remains nicely done on both sides and really jumps off the blade given the fine frosted backgrounds. The reverse is marked with the early Alcoso Scales trademark from about 1937. A small portion of the original faded red buffer remains, the rest having been lost to the ravages of time.

An elderly Alcoso piece here, with a lot of character.

Excellent. $1,295.00

NVL12 #50228C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with "Deluxe" Grip & Changeover Pommel by WKC

This naval dagger apparently started its life as a 1st Model piece probably produced in about 1935 or 1936.

It has a "changeover" pommel dated to 1937, and it is a really interesting example, with full detailing throughout the bird and wreathed swastika. The interesting part is that a portion of the lower stem of the pommel has been trimmed slightly in order for the bird to face directly outward. We see this type of modification a lot with changeover pommels; apparently the threading was not completely compatible between the old ball pommel and these newer versions.

The crossguard is a typical early WKC design, made of gilded brass, with fouled anchor center blocks and acanthus leaves on the guard arms. These quillons end with nippled buttons.

The grip is a very beautiful ivory example. The grip, to me, looks to have been installed on the reverse, but it looks, at least to me, to have always been in this position. I say this because the obverse is beautifully toned while the ivory on the reverse is lighter in color. This ivory remains in perfect condition, with no chips and the usual attractive crack lines running down the edges of both sides.

The scabbard is also quite a sight. It is a peened example and remains completely straight, with good gilding that matches the hilt fittings. The gilding is brighter in the areas protected by the carrying rings and the hammered chape button at the bottom. The rings are also interesting, being an early type that is slightly thinner than later WKC offerings. The detailing throughout the oak leaves remains very nice. The upper eyelet has some friction wear as this piece was obviously carried for some years. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass side screws.

The blade of this dirk is the early sailing ship variety, with fine nickel plating. The fouled anchors and sailing ship designs are quite good but sadly both edges have been sharpened. This damage doesn't impinge on the etch but it is still present. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight's Helmet trademark of the WKC firm, and the original red buffer is in place.

A very interesting example here, and a great piece for those who enjoy looking at the different methods that were used to upgrade naval dirks during the 1930's.

Excellent. $3,800.00

NVL12 #49556 2ND Model Naval Dagger with Chased Scabbard by WKC

It is not often that we see these beautiful hand-chased scabbards on Naval pieces. Their extra cost during the period was substantial, thus the reason that few are ever seen. Their beauty, however, is exceptional, requiring much hand-chasing in order to move the metal into the desired designs.

This example is equipped with a very fine hilt, having textbook WKC gild brass mounts. The pommel is an excellent example with fine detail to the head, breast feathering, wings and the raised-out wreath that accommodates the swastika. It also has much of the original gild finish. The cross guard exactly matches the finish of the pommel having the usual fouled anchors in the two center mounts. The acanthus leaves that decorate the cross guard arms are outstanding as are the button ends with the center nipples. The off-white celluloid-over-wood base grip remains in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. Decorating the hilt is an extremely fine silver bullion portepee which after all of these years has now taken on its patinated gold color. The portepee remains in perfect condition and rests in its Naval double-reef tie. Beautiful knot here! The lower ball of the portepee has the cat's anus-style stuffing.

Now to the scabbard mentioned above. This beautiful and straight gild brass example features a mostly hammered finish. However, there are three panels that break up the peened finish being at the top, the center and the lower. The panels exhibit dual branches of laurel leaves complete with berries and high detail to the veins. Each panel is surrounded with a raised border having scalloped edges at one of each of the featured ending panels. These panels appear on both sides of the scabbard. Remarkable work here! The carrying bands are interesting also as instead of the usual overlapping oak leaves, these bands portray detailed overlapping laurel leaves with berries. The eyelets are also special having highly raised triple serrated serrations. Additionally, the carrying rings feature a rope-like motif. The throat is retained by two brass dome head side screws. The lower chape ball is also beautifully chased with a series of curled adjoining leaves. Truly a great and rarely seen scabbard here!

The blade is a mint conditioned "fouled anchor" variety. The raised etch details are finely plated with contrasting frosting in the backgrounds. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knighthead logo and the firm's initial's below, "WKC". The off-red felt buffer shows some minor usage, but is there.

If you are looking for a really prime example to add to your Naval collection, this dirk should be a highlight.

Mint Minus. $5,995.00

NVL12 NVL12 #50203C Imperial Model 1902 Naval Dirk with Damast Blade, Original Hangers & Portepee by WKC

This W.K. & C. produced 1902 Naval dirk really has it all. The pommel is one of the extra-cost examples having the very highly-raised finials at the top. Below are the detailed dome-shape panels that alternate the cross with an eagle with all panels having a raised pebbled border. The pommel shows little wear. The cross guard features the two center blocks each with raised fouled anchor depictions. The four-sided quillon arms extend to capstan ends, which simulate the "tie-up" cleats that are found on ship docks. The grip is a beautifully-toned gold-orange example produced of ivory. It remains chip-free featuring the attractive cracks running down the lengths of both of the side edges. The impressive grip is wrapped with twisted brass wire. Decorating the hilt is a very fine Imperial portepee, having impressive age toning, but no fraying. The knot is tied in the double-reef knot, which would have been incorrect for the period, but the change could have been made during the middle 1920s when the tie method was changed, as the portepee's cords do not look to have been moved in decades. A very impressive hilt here!

The scabbard is basically a lightning bolt variation having stylized acanthus leaves at the lower, along with a rarely-seen decorative floral design above the leaves. The lightning bolt design is basically standard. The scabbard shell shows some usage, but there are no dents or dings. The bands are the "Figure 'o Eight" design being popular at this time. The knots appears on both sides of the bands. The eyelets have rope designs cut into their surfaces, as do the carrying rings. There is some weight-carrying wear visible to the inner upper eyelet. The throat is retained by a flatter head screw on the right side, and the left side appears to have rivet retainage.

Attached to the hanging rings are the original-to-the-piece Imperial Naval carrying straps. They feature bold brass lion mask buckles, still having outstanding detail. The slides and snap clips are also matching brass. The moire fabric material to the obverse of the straps is still is good condition, showing a couple of modest wear marks on both straps, but it is nominal. The reverse of the straps have the black velvet covering. The velvet also shows wear commensurate with the carrying time of this weapon. Original Imperial Naval straps in decent condition are not easy to find.

The fine blade is of the "Maiden Hair" pattern Damast. Despite its age, the blade remains in near full mint condition still having the distinct curved line pattern to please the eye of the viewer. The blade has a fairly long ricasso with double fullers, and being 9 1/2 inches in length retaining its needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is equipped with the standard blade lock and is stamped with the small variety knight head logo of W.K. & C. The vintage of this mark is quite early being right after the turn of the last century. There is a green felt buffer in place that may or may not be an original.

If you are interested in the German Imperial period, this Naval dirk really has everything. Imagine the historically times it has witnessed! It is a beautiful artifact in remarkable condition considering it is about 120 years old. Fortunately, the previous wearer obviously cared for the dirk and previous owners since have done the same. A real pleasure to own a piece of this caliber.

Excellent Plus. $6,495.00

NVL12 #49607C Double Etched Long 1872 Applicant's Bayonet

This applicant's piece has a hilt that is cast of all brass. The pommel is rounded and flows smoothly down to the crossguards. At the left portion and center of the pommel there are built in ribs for a handhold.

At the center block there is a fine raised out imperial crown. The crossguard quillons run outward and terminate in the shape of bowling pins. On the reverse side there is a hinged locking mechanism with a matching pin on the scabbard. The obverse side features a small clamshell with raised out fouled anchor.

The scabbard leather is in nice condition throughout being black and having the dual accent lines running down the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are plain brass types with scalloped edges. The upper mount is equipped with a long thin lug. The lower mount has a couple of accent lines around it and the mount ends in a ball. One staple is missing on the scabbard being from the upper mount.

The long blade is about 15 ½ inches in length. It is double etched with naval scenes but there is a lot of age in the scenes and they are very tough to see anymore. The blade however is still bright despite the age to the naval scenes. We can make out a sailing ship on the ricassos of both sides and there does appear to be a slogan in the reverse center area within a band.

Not bad for a 150 year old piece.

Good Plus. $1,895.00

NVL12 #49685 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Plain Blade & Hammered Scabbard

This 2nd Model naval dagger has superb hilt fittings that retain most of the original gilding and showing little to no wear.

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

The hammered scabbard is a real beauty, retaining all of the original gilding and remaining straight as an arrow. The overlapping oak leaves and acorns on the bands remain crisply detailed and the throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The plain blade remains bright and has fine double fullers, however there is a little age on the centers of both sides. This blade is unmarked and fitted with a red felt washer.

An extremely nice 2nd Model naval dagger here, with an exceptional scabbard.

Mint Minus. $995.00

NVL12 #49635C Diamond Inlay Naval Honor Dagger Pommel

This Naval Honor pommel is one of the group that were produced by Eickhorn at war's end assuming that there would be more Naval Honor daggers awarded than there actually were. Only 18 Honor dagger examples were produced that we know of today.

The pommel is a most impressive and beautiful artifact. These gild pommels are larger than normal Naval examples, having incredible detail throughout with the highlight being the wreathed swastika containing 17 individually faceted diamonds inset into the legs of the feared symbol. All details are there and the pommel also contains the original threads for mounting on a dagger. Apparently Jim Atwood acquired these from Eickhorn sometime in May 1977.

But, this pommel is a special example as it includes the four original ink-signed letters from Helmut Eickhorn to Jim Atwood dealing with the purchase of the Pommels. The first letter is dated July 14, 1974, where Herr Eickhorn informs Atwood that he has the pommels and they will be priced at 600 Suiss Francs each. Apparently Atwood did not act immediately on the purchase, as a second letter from Eickhorn, dated March 10, 1977 explains that another buyer took some of the eagles and that if he wants the remainder he will have to act. A third letter from Eickhorn describes the "handing over" of the pommels by Eickhorn to Atwood probably in May 1977. The letter states, "These eagles were the work of my father who with much care made them with the diamonds and according to the special orders given to his firm". The fourth letter apparently does not pertain to the pommels, but involves some documents that Eickhorn was selling to Atwood.

Also included is a stamped and mailed envelope from Helmut Eickhorn addressed to Jim Atwood at his business, "Combat Military Relics & Co" of Savannah GA. The envelope appears to be postmarked in 1977.

Atwood eventually sold the pommels to the late LTC Thomas M. Johnson, and he in turn, sold them in his catalog offering of the time. I believe that this pommel should be an excellent investment, as the "left-over" examples have long since been dispersed to collections around the world. I have an example in my personal Naval collection and have sold about 6 or 7 of these pommels over the years. They are a tremendous display item, as with the proper lights adjusted, the diamonds literally jump out of the pommel into the viewer's eyes. This offering, complete with the original Eickhorn/Atwood papers, is an exceptional and one-of-a-kind opportunity. A highly collectible fully documented original item for someone wanting to highlight their Naval collection.

Mint. $6,495.00

NVL12 #48983 2nd Model Naval Dagger by Carl Eickhorn

This is a classic Eickhorn piece, having an outstanding brass hilt and crossguard. The pommel eagle remains finely detailed, with a vaulted wreath and swastika. The fouled anchor crossguard is similarly fine and nicely matches the pommel.

The grip is the usual celluloid covered wood, off-white in color. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is a nice lightning bolt example. It remains straight throughout and retains quite a bit of the original gilding over the engraved pattern of palmettes, lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. The bands show little wear and the eyelet serrations are crisp. The throat is retained by a pair of dome headed brass screws.


The double etched blade remains bright and has good nickel plating. There are a few minor smudges in both the ricasso and lower area. The frosting remains good in the fouled anchor etch. The ricasso is stamped with the 1935 through 1941 Eickhorn Dquirrel trademark and the original brown felt blade washer is in place.A nice naval dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

NVL12 #48538 2nd Model Naval Dagger by Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model naval dagger has standard Eickhorn mounts. The pommel eagle is in nice condition, as is the fouled anchor crossguard.

The celluloid covered wooden grip remains in excellent condition, having toned with age to an ivory color. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The lightning bolt pattern scabbard retains good details to the stamped design, with oak leaf bands and serrated eyelets that are similarly good. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The blade is extremely nice and would be mint but for age marks on the ricasso. The reverse ricasso stamped with the 1935 through 1941 Eickhorn squirrel trademark and the original brown felt washer is in place.

Excellent. $1,195.00

NVL12 #48526C Extra-Cost Paymaster/Applicants Naval Bayonet with "Small Roses" Damascus Blade & Hanging Straps - W. K. & C

This remarkable Paymaster's piece is most-likely one-of-a-kind, and custom-ordered by its original owner. It is probably circa 1902-1905. Pieces of this caliber could be purchased if the owner had the pocketbook, regardless of rank. This artifact is easily one of the finest Paymaster examples that I have had the pleasure of offering.

The overall length of the Bayonet is just about 20 inches. Its outstanding brass hilt is capped with a small small-proportion Imperial crown pommel. It is highly detailed with its dome-shaped panels running around the crown's edge portraying alternating crosses and eagles. The upper area has four serrated finials which rise upward and carry a blunted-style cross at the top. (The crosses were purposely blunted so as not to tear the soft blue doeskin uniform of the wearer.) The hilt is a gild brass having hand-hold section ribs cut into the left front side. The backstrap and pommel area features quite beautiful raised oak leaves and acorns. The cross guard below is the first of its nature that I have seen. The center area presents the image of a detailed fouled anchor on both sides. Behind the anchors on both sides is hand-peening. The quillon arms are the four-sided type, however, instead of the usual capstans, these quillions each display beautiful, highly-detailed acorn-shaped ends. The acorn caps are all hand-accented. Below this custom crossguard is a fixed, rounded clamshell displaying hand-pebbling behind a highly raised fouled anchor display. A tremendous hilt here.

The scabbard is produced of black leather, having the usual accent lines that run along the edges of both sides. The leather only shows mild age, and is still in nice condition. The brass scabbard mounts, both have scalloped ends where they meet the leather shell. The upper mount has two side rings, made to accommodate a hanging strap at each ring. The mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner. Attached to the two rings are the original separate matching black leather straps. The straps have brass belt loops at the top, and the lower portions are equipped with substantial matching brass snap clips. These straps are the first set that I have seen to survive, and both are still in fine condition, easily capable of still carrying the heft of this bayonet.

And now, as to the blade. The blade measures about 14 inches in length. It is composed of hand-forged Damascus in the very rarely-seen pattern of "small roses". The blade is simply beautiful and in my opinion an absolute work of art. The blade is single-edged with a short ricasso. The reverse of the blade remains in mint condition, while the obverse has only a few very tiny age markes in the surfaces. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the single knighthead logo, being the style used about the turn of the last century. The original brown leather washer remains in place. A fantastic rarely-seen damast blade.

So, if you are an avid and advanced Naval connoisseur, this spectacular Paymaster's Bayonet would be a showpiece for your collection. It is something that you could admire for a lifetime. There are none better!

Mint Minus. $12,500.00

NVL12 #48480 Model 1902 Naval Officer's Dirk with Damascus Blade - No Maker

This very beautiful '02 Officer's dirk measures 15 inches overall. It is a classic example, having everything going for it. The pommel is in the form of the Imperial crown, having the dome head panels running around its lower edge featuring alternating eagles and crosses. Atop the crown are fine serrated finials extending upward and topped with a blunted cross. Fine work here. The cross guard features the obverse and reverse center blocks portraying a fouled anchor on each side with pebbling in the backgrounds. The four-sided qullion arms finish in the capstan shape. The grip is a very fine genuine ivory with only a couple of age cracks running at one side and with no chips. The ivory has an appealing golden tone, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. An outstanding hilt here.

The scabbard is completely dentfree, featuring hand-engraved oak leaves on either side of the bands, with a cluster of oak leaves with acorns running upward from the button-end chape. The bands are quite attractive featuring raised over-lapping oak leaves and acorns in the center area, leaving plain outer surfaces which terminate with straight edges. The eyelets are also oak leaf engraved, as are the rings, although the surfaces of the rings show some wear to the design. A most attractive scabbard.

The unmarked 8 3/4 inch Damascus blade is hand-forged in the "maiden hair" pattern and remains in full mint condition. The blade has the traditional Navy double fullers on each side. The blade pattern is extremely beautiful in this new-like condition. The original red felt buffer is in place.

The next owner will enjoy this choice original piece for a lifetime - None finer.

Near Mint. $5,995.00

NVL12 #48222 2nd Model Naval With Hammered Scabbard No Maker

This 2nd model naval is in very nice condition throughout having fine hilt parts and scabbard. The pommel is a beauty having much of the original gilding still spread throughout. It depicts a fine eagle with checkered breast. The recess is also good in the half open wings. The crossguard also has much of the original gilding with the typical fouled anchors on both the center blocks with good raised out acanthus leaves on the quillon arms and the button ends have the nipples in the center. The wood carved grip has a fine celluloid covering which is toned attractively and is in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped what twisted brass wire.

This dagger has an extremely fine hammered scabbard. The scabbard is completely straight throughout and also has quite about of the original gild on the upper areas and also around the recesses of the carrying bands. The carrying bands have fine overlapping oak leaves with acorns and the eyelets are smooth. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws. The blade of this example is a unmarked type but still remains in bright mint condition. The blade has high quality nickel plated surfaces with the usual double fullers and needlelike tip. The original red felt buffer is in place.

If you’re looking for a good conditioned naval piece with plain blade and having the plus of a hammered scabbard this would be a good example to add to your collection being proceed reasonably.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

NVL12 #48016 Personalized 2nd Model Naval Dirk No Maker

This naval dirk appears to be an Eickhorn piece but it does not reflect a maker mark on the blade. The dagger has had a special personalized etched blade ordered separately which I will get into shortly.

The pommel is a changeover style which would indicate that this dagger is a fairly early example which originally must have had a ball style pommel. The changeover pommel were the replacements ordered in 1938. The pommel detail remains excellent.

The crossguard is a typical Eickhorn fouled anchor example, in good condition throughout. The scabbard is straight throughout. It is a lightning bolt variety and retains good detailing throughout. There is some wear overall to this scabbard. The original gilding remains in the areas protected by the carrying bands. The eyelets show some wear as well, and the throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The unmarked blade is quite interesting. It is still in nearly mint condition having the standard fouled anchor etch on the reverse. On the obverse side however the original owner apparently made a special order to have his name etched into the blade center instead of the nautical etch. The etching still includes the leaves that normally surround the nautical scene but in the center is the man;s name, “Kurt Hohmann”. There is also a little bit of pitting in the initial areas of the blade which someone had removed in the past.

The original felt buffer is worn but about 60 percent of it still remains.

An interesting naval dagger here, with research potential.

Excellent. $2,295.00

NVL12 #46246 Transitional Weimar Period Depot Naval Dirk No Maker

This naval dirk is a fairly difficult item to acquire and is quite interesting. I feel that it comes from the Weimar period probably originating in the mid to later 20's.

The dagger is equipped with a Third Reich pommel which most likely was a replacement for the original ball top which would have come with this dirk. The pommel is in nice condition with good detail to the eagle;s head wing feathers wreath and swastika.

The crossguard is the narrower type that we see on early naval daggers. It has the twin fouled anchors on each of the center blocks. It is interesting to note that on the reverse center block the fouled anchor is quite worn which is an indication of lots of usage over the years.

The grip is a celluloid off-white example still being in fine condition. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is basically straight throughout showing a little bit of carrying signs but no dents. It is a lightning bolt variety except that it is equipped with the earlier figure 8 knots on the obverse of the bands. The pattern is good stamped into the brass not having palmettes like the usual would be in Third Reich time but rather having a series of curls above and below each of the carrying bands. At the lower portion are the lightning bolts ermine feet and pointed style acanthus leaves. The acanthus leaves show quite a bit of wear commensurate with the wear on the crossguard. The reverse of the scabbard bands also show good wear. This dagger certainly saw a lot of history during its time.

It is also interesting to note that the reverse of the upper scabbard is property marked "338". The blade reverse ricasso is also stamped "338" and additionally has above this a large "M" for marine positioned over an anchor.

The blade is a plain type which is usual for depot pieces as the navy was not spending a lot of money on daggers that were issued to NCO's. This blade however is a high quality nickel plated example still having its original bright luster double fullers on both sides needlelike tip and the blade still rates in mint condition. It is also interesting that since there is no blade release button on the crossguard the retention method used on this example is one of the spring types that latch below the throat area. A much cheaper method of retaining the dagger than the pushbutton blade release method. The original leather blade buffer is still in place.

A really nice example here of a depot piece still being in its natural state and being also in nice condition.

Excellent Plus. $1,595.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very nice, historical piece here!

Excellent Plus. $4,850.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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