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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 #40158C Imperial Naval Dirk with Original Hangers - Carl Eickhorn

This Imperial Naval Dirk was produced during the First World War. Because of the this vintage the parts are not of brass, instead being constructed of gilded steel. It would be tough to tell that the base metal was not brass; the only telltale signs are some wear on the high areas that reveal the steel beneath the gilding. A magnet, however, reveals the whole truth.

The pommel is outstanding, with high finials that retain an orb. These finials are in excellent condition. The area below has been checkered, something that was normally done. The pommel has eight dome shaped shields, marked with alternating crosses and Prussian eagles.

The crossguard is the standard Imperial type, with capstan ends. The guard arms are four sided, being smooth and tapered from the center block. The center blocks have the usual fouls anchor designs.

The grip is a very beautiful deluxe example. This grip has toned nicely to a light golden color and there is much visible grain in the surface of the material. This is one of the few deluxe grips I've seen that has no cracks or chips. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is a hammered type which like the hilt mounts, is also constructed of steel. The original gilding remains 100% intact. This scabbard has high off the surface carrying bands; these bands are decorated with double oak leaves and shot through with acorns. The attached eyelets have been hammered to match the shell. It is also interesting to note that the carrying rings have also been hammered to match.

This dirk comes with the original set of Imperial Hanging Straps. These straps have a lined moire front facing back int he usual velvet. The lower strap looks to have been shortened by the original owner as it is obvious this configuration has been set in place for the last century. These straps show quite a bit of wear to the cloth material. They are't too bad, and they will still display well. The straps have very fine brass lion mask buckles. Both of these buckles have a very fine gilded finish. The straps are also equipped with stubby snap clips. it is interesting to note the shorter strap was not fitted with a regain chain and hook, something we often see on hangers of this vintage.

The blade is an extremely fine example. This blade is double etched and has dual fullers. The etch is really terrific, retaining 100% of the gray backgrounds that do much to highlight the design. The obverse is etched with a fulling rigged sailing ship topped with a floral design that incorporates cannons and other implements of war. The reverse etch is essentially the same. It is interesting to note the Kaiser's crown is not shown on this blade; it would normally be included but obviously there must have been variants without it. This blade is in mint condition and is stamped with the Eickhorn trademark used prior to the end of WW1. This trademark consists of two squirrels sitting back to back, along with the firm's initials "C. E.". It is also interesting to note the blade is about two inches shorter than the length of the scabbard. We often see this on Imperial Dirks, as there were no weights added to the scabbard. The extra length served to balance the dagger.

A fine example of an early Naval Dirk, and a fine addition to any Naval collection.

Excellent Plus. $2,895.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #39938C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Hammered Scabbard and Deluxe Grip - WKC

This is a very fine Naval Dagger, having outstanding brass mounts throughout. The hilt has excellent WKC-style mounts.

The pommel eagle is exceptional, with an outstanding head and good checkering. The swastika is nicely vaulted out of the wreath. The crossguard is the standard type, with fouled anchors on either side. The quillon arms are decorated with fine acanthus leaves, and have button ends with crisp nipples.

The grip is the very expensive, deluxe upgrade type. It has a very nice tone to it and is free of cracking, something very unusual on this type of grip. It remains in perfect condition and is wrapped with twisted brass wire.

Wrapped about the hilt is a 42cm aluminum portepee. This portepee is in good condition, showing only a slight amount of wear on the surface but with no fraying. A nice knot here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is a good, deep, evenly hammered finish. The bands are high off the surface and are decorated with a mix of oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are smooth and rounded, with good carrying rings.

The blade is as nice as you will see, a choice fouled anchor type with quality nickel plating and a needle-like tip. The nautical scenes are quite impressive, set off by their 100% intact gray backgrounds. This blade is in a fully mint state. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original blade buffer is in place.

A nice dagger here if you are looking for a hammered scabbard and a deluxe grip. This one will stand out in your collection as it is rare to see this fine combination.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,695.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $1,250.00

NVL12 #40034C Late 2nd Model Naval Dagger

This Naval Dagger was made during the war, probably dating from about 1942. The hilt parts are of brass, including an outstanding pommel which retains about 80-90% of the original gilding. The bird has fine detailing throughout the head, breast, talons, and wreath.

The crossguard also has fine detailing and retains about the same amount of gilding as the pommel. It features fouled anchor center blocks on each side and bullion arms decorated with acanthus leaves. The button ends have good engravings and fairly nice nipples.

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

This dagger has a steel scabbard, something we see on many later examples as brass was in high demand for the war effort. This steel scabbard, when new, was gilded. Because of the steel base most of the gilding has worn from the surface, although there are lots of traces of it left in the recesses and protected areas. I'd say about 8-10% of this original gilding remains. The scabbard engraving, however, is deep and quite sharp, with excellent palmettes, lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leave. The bands have triple serrated eyelets which remain in good condition. The throat is retained by a pair of brass screws.

Since this is late example the blade is plain, being the style with dual fullers. It does have outstanding nickel plating and a needle-like tip. This blade is in mint condition. The red blade buffer remains in place.

A good example of a late war Naval dagger. if you are collecting Naval pieces by type, I would think this dagger would be a perfect addition to your array.

Excellent. $695.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint. $1,295.00

NVL12 #39893 2nd Model Naval – Carl Eickhorn

This fine dagger shows some minor usage of the period but overall it is still in extremely collectible condition.

The Eickhorn pommel is an outstanding example having good detail to the eagle’s head and breast feathering as well as the half opened wings talons wreath and vaulted swastika.

The high quality brass crossguard has the typical larger Eickhorn type center blocks featuring fouled anchors. The acanthus leaves are raised out on the qullion arms and the button ends are in excellent crisp condition with nipples at the center.

The carved wood grip is covered with off-white celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition and has nicely toned to the eye. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The accompanying scabbard is also an outstanding example having about 98% of the original gilt finish. This scabbard shows only the most modest of wear. The lightning bolts feature the palmettes above and below the hanging rings and at the bottom are the lightning bolts ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The carrying bands have very fine overlapping oak leaves with acorns. The eyelets are the triple serrated variety. They are still quite crisp throughout. The throat is retained by two dome head screws.

The blade is in very fine condition being bright throughout. This blade remains in near complete mint condition retaining its needle-like tip. The fouled anchor nautical etch motif is beautifully done still having all of the frosting in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the post-1941 mark showing the squirrel looking over his shoulder. The original brown felt buffer is in place.

A very nice example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

NVL12 #39535 2nd Model Naval Dagger – WKC

This untouched 2nd Model Naval Dagger retains the majority of the original gilding throughout the brass fittings and scabbard. The pommel and crossguard are classic WKC examples.

The pommel eagle has very fine detailing to to head, half-opened wings, and breast feathering. The swastika is nicely vaulted out of the wreath. The crossguard has very fine fouled anchor center blocks and crisp acanthus leaves on both sides. The end buttons and nipples show little wear.

The grip is of carved wood covered in excellent off-white celluloid; it remains perfect condition, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The original Naval Portepee is still wrapped about this dagger, set in the proper tie. It is interesting to note that this portepee is the type with the very large cord. I don’t know who the original owner managed to tie this knot, but here it is, in perfect order. This knot has almost no fray, with just a little bit on the bullion where it exits the tie. The slide and stem have the usual “V” decorations in the bullion, while the lower knot has the “cat’s anus” stuffing commonly seen on Naval examples.

The scabbard is a real beauty, being completely straight throughout. It is decorated with the usual pattern of lightning bolts, acanthus leaves, ermine feet, and palmettes. This scabbard looks to have retained at least 95% of the original gilded finish. The bands are the very high off the surface style used by WKC, liberally decorated with overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The blade of this dagger is a choice, double etched example with an outstanding nickel plated finish. The etch is the fouled anchor style; it is really beautiful, being highly accented by the totally intact frosted backgrounds. The tip remains needle-like and overall the blade is in mint condition. The reverse is stamped with the WKC Knight Head trademark set above the initials of the firm. The original reddish felt blade washer is in place.

An extremely nice 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, showing only very modest traces of wear.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

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. $12,995.00

NVL12 #39461 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This classic Eickhorn 2nd Model Naval Dagger has a pommel and crossguard in outstanding gilded brass. There looks to be quite about 90% of the original gilding left on these parts.

The pommel eagle clutches a vaulted swastika within a wreath, while the crossguard has the usual fouled anchor designs on both center blocks. The quillons are decorated with very fine acanthus leaves, and the button ends have nice center nipples.

The carved wooden grip of this dagger is covered in off-white celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

Tied about the hilt is the original aluminum portepee. This portepee is set in Naval Double Reef tie and has not been disturbed in over 70 years. This knot remains in fine condition, with just the slightest traces of wear but having no fraying where it exits the tie. The slide and stem have the commonly seen “V” weave, and the lower insert is the “cat’s anus” type.

The scabbard is a very fine example. It is in the standard pattern, featuring palmettes on either side of the carrying bands and deeply stamped with lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. The bands are also in excellent condition, decorated with a pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the triple-serrated type that retain crisp detailing on the grooves. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The blade of this dagger is an extremely choice, double etched example with a fouled anchor motif. It retains 100% of the frosting, which serves to beautifully accent the fine, raised etch. This blade retains both the highest quality nickel plating and a needle-like tip, easily being in full mint condition. It is stamped with the Eickhorn “Over the Shoulder” style Squirrel logo used after 1941. These stamping is exceptionally crisp. The original brown felt buffer is in place.

An extremely nice Naval Dagger here. Eickhorn daggers are always very popular with collectors, and with good reason; they were some of the highest quality examples produced.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

NVL12 #39641 2nd Model Naval Dagger – WKC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #39673C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Hand-chased Scabbard & Original Portepee, Straps, and Belt - WKC

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is one of the most impressive pieces I have seen in years. The dagger and scabbard are identical to the one I show in color in my Naval reference on Page 370 left, except this one is better than the book example as it has a deep orange grip. If you have the taste for the best of the best, this piece had to be the top-of-the-line in the WKC factory. Please read on.

The hilt is beyond beautiful. The pommel is the 1938 change-over type, replacing the ball-style pommel which originally graced this dirk when it was produced. In 1938 the Navy ordered that the ball pommel be replaced with the new eagle and swastika type. Pommels were produced and distributed to naval bases and ships where the change was done. This pommel is identical to the Style I example show on Page 229 of my Naval reference. The pommel appears to have nearly 100% of the original gilded surface. The wreath and swastika on these change-over pommels is much more vaulted than the standard factory type made later and the half-open eagle wings have much deeper recesses. The crossguard has the fouled anchors on each of the center blocks. The acanthus leaves decorating the quillons remain in crisp condition, as do the button ends. The guard has most of the original gilding with a little slight wear and patina at the quillon ends and nipples. The button is the standard WKC style that is notched into place on the reverse center block.

The grip has to be the darkest orange color I have seen to date - it has turned nearly red. It is absolutely gorgeous and immediately catches the viewer's admiring eye. It is also interesting that the grip color is completely uniform being the identical dark tone throughout. Usually the tones will vary as these solid celluloid grips were originally issued with a yellow color - time and light have done the collector a real service here with these grip color transformations. The grip remains perfect throughout and is complete with tightly twisted brass wire.

Further enhancing the hilt is the original-to-the-piece silver bullion portepee. The gold-toned cord shows a little fraying here and there, but not too bad considering the length of time this dirk most likely saw naval service. There is also some fray where the cord comes out of the double-reef knot tie, but if anything, it speaks of the weapon's carrying history and integrity. The slide and stem are tightly woven with "V" designs and the lower ball has the typical "cat's anus" stuffing. You won't see a more appealing hilt!

To add to the zest of the hilt, though, is the ultra-rare and almost never-seen scabbard being a factory hand-chased example of superb beauty. The scabbard design blends panels of hand-raised oak and acorn sprigs with the hammered design of the scabbard shell. The workmanship is incredible and extremely striking. The scabbard remains totally dent-free and nearly all of the original gild finish still remains - a piece of jewelry here! The bands are also custom-made with a row of connected oak leaves running the distance and the areas around the leaves being pebbled. The eyelets have the same engraved-style oak-leaved surfaces that WKC delivered on most of their standard hammered scabbards. The hanging rings have connected oak leaves raised out of both sides - nothing was missed on this choice scabbard. Even the lower chape button has engraved oak leaves. A super-skilled craftsman spent a lot of time on this scabbard! The throat is retained by two dome head, brass side screws.

Because this dirk is of early pre-1938 construction, it is equipped with the sailing ship blade - we don't see this blade produced by WKC on post-1938 pieces. The blade is completely bright with extra-fine, nickel-plated finish. All of the frosting is present, highlighting the impressive nautical designs. On the obverse, a fully-rigged sailing ship is positioned on sea plants and is followed by a fouled anchor design. On the reverse, the anchor is not present and the center area is occupied by an ensign-flying sailing ship positioned on a large bank of sea plants. This blade remains in mint condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the familiar knight head logo, and beneath is the firm's initials, "WKC". The original off-red felt buffer is in place.

Accompanying this wonderful dirk are the original straps. They are the Kreigsmarine type being an aluminum base and featuring crisp lion head mask buckles and matching snaps. The short strap is equipped with the chain and hook assembly. The moire fabric is also in excellent condition with only the most modest of wear evident on the reverse velvet. Accompanying the straps is a dark- blue woven style under-the-tunic belt which is complete with the two belt loops and eyelets, as well as the buckle.

Well collectors, it doesn't get much better than this. A dirk like this 5 years ago would have sold for close to 10K. This dirk is available now for almost half this amount. If you have been looking for a real "crowd-pleaser" to top off your Naval Collection, this dirk is a bargain (the consignor wants it sold) and to me would be an outstanding investment for the future. We just don't see Naval's with all of these most- desirable combinations and extra cost features.

Mint Minus. $5,995.00

NVL12 #39293 Unissued 2nd Model Naval Dagger – WKC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint Minus. $2,295.00

NVL12 #39172 1st Model Naval Dagger – Alcoso

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $2,495.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

A nice, personalized Naval Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

NVL12 #39331C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Orange Grip & Hammered Scabbard - WKC

This Naval dirk is a real treasure being probably the best best of this category that I have handled. It is identical to the piece I show in my Naval Book on Page 366 in color. The hilt mounts are classic WKC, and appear to have nearly all of their fine gild finish. The pommel is a real gem with striking WKC bird head looking to the viewer's left, with outstanding feathering to the breast and wings and perfect vaulted swastika within the clutched wreath. The cross guard exhibits fine detail to the two center block fouled anchors, to the quillon acanthus leaves and also to the button ends with nipples in the center. But, the eye-catcher on this tremendous dirk is the deep, deep, deep, orange grip. I have never seen a grip this dark on a Naval dirk. It is so dark that it almost appears to be red. The consignor states the original Belgium owner kept the dirk on the wall of a bright room where there was plenty of sunshine, accounting for this stunning dark tone. Looking under the original-to-the-piece aluminum portepee, the grip is lighter where it has always been covered by the knot. Hard to imagine that this grip was once a yellow color, but the proof is in the pudding when the sections that were covered are examined. The Naval portepee is in perfect condition, tied in the double-reef knot and nicely set in place. The slide and stem are perfect and the lower ball has the "cat's anus" stuffing often seen on Naval designated knots. What a hilt this is!

The hammered scabbard is as straight as an arrow, also have 100% gild and exactly matching the gold tones of the hilt mounts. The peening is beautifully done. The high-off-the-surface carrying bands show no wear and are complete with overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the rounded surface types, and like we frequently see on hammered WKC scabbards, these eyelets have had oak leaves hand-engraved into the surfaces. Even the carrying rings have 100% gild, an indication that this dirk was most likely never worn. The throat is retained by dome head unturned brass screws. Choice scabbard here!

The heavily nickeled blade is also pristine. The nautical scene etches are that of the desirable sailing ship motif. The obverse portrays a fully-rigged sailing ship positioned under the center-located fouled anchor. The ship makes its way toward the viewer over a bed of floral sea plants. The reverse eliminates the fouled anchor and places another ensign-flying sailing ship in the central area of the blade. Beautiful etches here. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the knight head logo, and beneath, is the firm's initials, "WKC". The original red felt blade buffer is in place showing little age.

If you are looking for the best-of-the-best in Naval's, this piece not only has great condition, but its visual appeal is startling An incredible Naval dirk here of investment quality.

Mint. $2,995.00

NVL12 #39192C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Orange Grip and Hand-chased Scabbard - WKC

This fantastic 2nd Model Naval Dagger would easily be a highlight of any Naval collection; its singular beauty is incomparable. It is the product of the finest workmanship performed during the 3rd Reich. Someone paid a lot of extra Reichsmarks for this dagger during the time, and honestly it was well worth the cost. An near identical dagger appears in my Naval Book in color on Page 376, left. In fact, it may be the identical piece, except that the dirk shown in the photo does not have a portepee. Perhaps this accoutrement was added on later as the two pieces appear to be the same.

The choice pommel is one of the beautifully-detailed 1938 change-over types, indicating that this dagger was most likely produced with a round ball pommel originally. The pommel is the same as I show in my Naval book on Page 229. The depth of the half-open wings gives more of a vaulted appearance to the wreath of the swastika on these change-over pommels. The detail throughout the bird's head and breast feathering is still crisp.

The crossguard is the standard WKC type being the same as is shown on Page 270. It features excellent fouled anchors in the two center blocks and has fine acanthus leaves decorating the cross guard arms. The quillons end in buttons with nipples in the center.

The grip is a stunning orange color with the same mandarin tones on both sides. Beneath the portepee tie areas at the upper and lower portion of the grip, it is possible to see that this grip was a yellow color when the dagger was first produced. A classic example of what time has done for our viewing pleasure, as sunlight has really worked its color magic on this grip. The grip is totally perfect, being tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire, The wire has trapped minuscule amounts of earth's time and dust within the lower ribs; I love to see this as it is a testament to the dagger's age, despite its sterling condition.

As indicated above, the dirk is equipped with a most impressive silver bullion Naval portepee. The portepee has toned a golden color and is tied perfectly in the Naval double reef knot, being set in shape from years in this position. There is no fray or any problems with the bullion cord. The slide and stem have the "V" designs in the weave. The ball ball displays a white flat surface, which appears to be original.

The scabbard, though, simply takes your breath away with its beauty and intricacy; this is some the best work you will ever see. The scabbard is completely straight and, at first glance, appears to be a peened-style pattern. Upon closer inspection, however, this "peening" is revealed to actually be a pattern of intricate circles which have had their centers filled in with tiny punched dots. It must have taken the craftsman many hours of delicate work to achieve this look; the result is tremendous and has to be seen with a loupe to really be appreciated.

On either side of the two carrying bands, bordered panels have been chased and oak leaves and sprigs are raised out, exhibiting incredible detail. The lower chape area has more leaves by extending the panel. The button end is hand-engraved with acorns running around the circumference. Hard to beat this work. The carrying bands are broken into four separate areas with borders, each displaying oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets also display a similar sequence of engravings. Even the rings have been hand-engraved, not with standard pebbling, but with oak leaves running around each side - nothing was left to chance on this scabbard - a true work of art. The throat is retained by brass dome head side screws.

The blade of this dagger is fine, full mint example, with needle-like tip and the classic Fouled Anchor etching. The nickel-plated surfaces are bright and it full mint condition, while the 100% frosted backgrounds show-off the intricacies of the etch design. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the Knight's Head trademark with the firm's monogram below, "WKC". The original reddish felt blade buffer is in place, showing only mild traces of age. Well, there it is... If you have been looking for one of the classiest Naval dirks ever produced, this one is worth your consideration. It is a remarkable piece that would require hours of study to appreciate all of the work evident throughout. An outstanding, investment-quality Naval example here.

Mint. $8,995.00

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 #39090C 2nd Model Naval Dagger “Parts” Dagger with Hangers – F. W. Höller

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger has all original parts but, unfortunately, it looks to be put together.

The pommel and crossguard appear to be of Eickhorn manufacture. Both are in good condition and have excellent gilding that is about 90 to 90% intact.

The grip is also a fine, carved wood and celluloid affair. The celluloid has toned to an off-white color and remains in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard looks to be an Early Eickhorn type that could easily be mistaken for an Alcoso example; the eyelets have the same sleeves. Eickhorn, however, did make sleeved eyelets on early pieces. This scabbard probably dates from about 1935. It is a lightning bolt type, with good detailing throughout the palmettes, lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The bands show mild surface wear on the oak leaves and acorns, as well as the triple-serrated eyelets. The scabbard throat is retained by a pair of brass screws. Although this scabbard is of Eickhorn production it does not appear to belong to the hilt mounts.

Attached to the scabbard rings is a set of Naval Hangers. Unfortunately these hangers are mismatched. The upper hanger is in pretty good condition, showing little wear to the moire but missing the chain and regain hook. The other, longer hanger shows some wear to the edges and the velvet backing. Both hangers, though, are original so they do look halfway decent on the dagger although the are obviously mismatched.

The blade of this dagger was produced by F. W. Höller. It is a Sailing Ship type, as this was the only variety that Höller produced. The detailing and frosting is excellent, as in the nickel plating; this blade is in a near mint state. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Höller Thermometer logo, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

So you have a dagger here constructed from three different type of parts, but if you are looking for a piece to hang on the wall or a piece you can break down for components this could be a good buy.

Excellent. $600.00

NVL12 #38274 2nd Model Naval Dagger – WKC

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger shows period wear but remains in really nice condition. There is not much gilding left on the hilt or scabbard, but then again there is nothing wrong with the look of fine brass.

The hilt components are classic WKC types, the pommel being the same as the example I show on page 272 of my Navy Book. This pommel has good detailing to the head and breast feathering of the bird, as well as to the half-opened wings, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The crossguard has the traditional fouled anchor center blocks and acanthus leaf quillon arms. The button ends show modest hand wear but retain most of the original detailing.

The grip of this dagger is in excellent condition. It is constructed of carved wood with a covering of celluloid. This celluloid has toned to a pleasing off-white color and is wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is the lightning bolt type. It is completely free of dents and has fine, raised oak leaf carrying bands. These WKC bands are larger than most and have serrated eyelets. Some of the serrations on these eyelets have traces of wear but it is not bad. The scabbard is deeply stamped with palmettes over and under the bands. The lower portion features a design of ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.

The blade is the standard fouled anchor type. The nickel-plated surfaces are still bright with just some minor traces of age in the form of smudge. The needle-like tip remains intact. The frosted backgrounds nicely offset the raised fouled anchor pattern. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the WKC Knight Head trademark, and the red felt blade buffer is in place.

A good, solid 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, with some period wear but still in collectible condition.

Excellent. $995.00

NVL12 #38394 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Hammered Scabbard & Mustard Grip – WKC

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is a real looker and very desirable. The dagger is equipped with textbook WKC hilt mounts, being the same as those I show on pages 269 and 270 of my Navy Book.

The pommel is an outstanding example, showing little to no wear whatsoever. It has very fine detailing throughout the eagle. This pommel also retains most of the original gilding.

The crossguard also retains much of the original gilding. It features two fouled anchor center blocks and has quillons that depict raised acanthus leaves. The button ends are in good condition, with fine handwork and crisp nipples.

This dagger is equipped with a mustard colored grip constructed from solid celluloid. This color is rarely seen on Naval daggers and is very desirable. The grip is in perfect condition throughout, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wires.

I had an extra nylon portepee which I added to this dagger. This nylon knit is still in choice condition and is properly tied in a double reef knot.

The scabbard of this dagger is a real beauty. It is the hammered type and retains all of the original gilded finish. There is a tiny slope dent on the obverse bottom but beyond this it is prefect. The bands are high off the surface and show no wear, being finely decorated with oak leaves and acorns. This scabbard looks exactly look the piece I show on page 271 of my book. This example has plain eyelets are opposed to the engraved style; we see this sometimes on WKC pieces. The carrying rings also retain traces of their original gilding. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws which are unturned.

The double etched blade of this dagger is as nice as you could hope to see. It has a fine nickel-plated finish with 100% of the frosting in the backgrounds of the foul anchor etch. This blade retains a needle-like tip and is easily in mint condition. The obverse ricasso of the blade is deeply stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original red felt blade buffer is in place.

A really fine 2nd Model Naval Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $2,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very nice, historical piece here!

Excellent Plus. $4,945.50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $20,695.50

NVL12 #37944C 1890 Long Cadet Dirk with Extra Features

This beautiful 1890 Cadet Dirk has many extra features and would have been considered a deluxe model. The dirk is quite long, measuring about 19 ½ inches overall, measured in the scabbard. The standard pattern can been seen on page 51 ofmy Navy Book, and you can also see a deluxe model pommel on page 50, similar to the one seen on this example.

The pommel is really impressive, having high, serrated finials that rise off the top. The finials act to support an orb and cross on the upper portion. The area below these finials is all hand checkered. The pommel features six domed panels that run about the circumference, each with a beaded border. The panels alternated between designs of a Prussian eagle and a cross.

The crossguard of this dirk is a standard type, the same as is show on page 53 of my book. This crossguard has the two fouled anchor emblazoned center blocks, set against a randomly pebbled background. The quillon arms are four-sided and end in stylized capstans. These capstans have been nicely hand enhanced.

The grip of this dirk is a very fine genuine Elfenbein. There is a small crack on the upper portion on the reverse under the pommel, but it is very minor. Other than this it is in nearly perfect condition, with a few attractive crack lines near the bottom segment. The grip has taken on a golden tone on the obverse, just slightly lighter in color on the reverse. Many times these 1890 dirks will have hand-cut ribs with no wire. In the case of this example there is a deluxe treatment of a twisted triple strands of brass wire, the center wire being of a thicker gauge for a nice contrast. The age of this dirk is evident in the amount of residue trapped by the skein of grip wire.

The extra-long scabbard also has some nice treatment. It is dent free and is in the lightning bolt pattern. The palmettes have had extra engravings applied to them, giving them an almost floral appearance. The lower portion of the scabbard has well defined lightning bolts, large ermine feet that resemble four leaf clovers and more acanthus leaves. These leaves are also slightly different than we normally see. The carrying bands are the standard guilloche type that gives the impression of rope. The eyelets are the style with a large center rim and are engraved to resemble ropes. The throat is retained by two large brass side screws.

The beautiful blade is 13 ½ inches long, being of genuine Damascus, with dual fullers and a ricasso. The Damascus is quite exciting, being in a band pattern. The blade shows signs of normal with no pits or problems and the patterns remain outstanding. The obverse ricasso has the raised monogram of the original owner. It appears to read, “FC”. The reverse ricasso has a raised ribbon that bears the raised-out words “Aecht Damst”. Normally we don't see the “A” attached to the word “echt”, but in this case it is present. The release lock is the style with a spring that has been shaped to retain the blade when the dirk is in the scabbard. The original red felt washer is in place.

I took a look at the tang of this dirk. It is deeply stamped “Echter Damascener” as well as “2” and “7”. These same numbers are also stamped on to the lower guard. The pommel has an “8” stamped inside it.

A high quality, extra-cost dirk, obviously the property of a well-to-do cadet. Chances are this dirk was also worn after the cadet became an officer. A beautiful item here, and worthy of any advanced Naval collection.

Excellent Plus. $8,095.50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $6,295.50

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

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

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

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

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

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

A good, clean Model 1902 here.

Excellent Plus. $6,295.50

NVL12 #37638C Model 1921 Naval Officer's Dirk – WKC

This Model 1921 Naval Officer's Dirk was the first so-called officer's dagger to be produced after the first World War. The 1919 model was worn in a bayonet style steel scabbard. When the the 1921 pattern was introduced many officer's decided to simply purchase a brass scabbard and do away with the old steel one.

This particular piece, however, appears to have been purchased as an entire unit. This dirk is identical to the example I show on page 194 of my Navy Book. The hilt has mounts of fine brass. The pommel is in the shape of a ball which depicts reeds and cattails mounted over cresting waves. This pommel is peened into place and therefore this dagger cannot be taken down.

The crossguard is the new style developed after WW1, with button quillon ends that have nippled centers. Although this piece has an original portepee covering most of the obverse crossguard there is a center block which features a fouled anchor. As a carryover from the Imperial days the reverse guard features a floral design.; this would change with the Model 1921. This crossguard has a drilled blade release button which is centered in guard. The quillon arms have acanthus leaves on both sides and, as stated above, the ends are button-like with extended nipples in the middle.

The grip of this piece is black and appears to be made of horn. It is beautifully shaped and remains in perfect condition, with ribs that run downward from right to left. The grip is tightly wrapped in springy gilded wire.

As stated above there is an original-to-the-piece silver bullion portepee attached to this dirk. This portepee has long since toned to a golden hue from age. It is completely set in the Naval reef tie, and is the variety with a larger cord. Much of the cord covers the crossguard area because of the large size. This knot shows a little wear on the reverse upper loop and lower loops. There is also mild wear to one side of the reef knot and some fray where the cord comes out of the tie. This all sounds bad but actually the knot looks great on this dagger. The slide is still there although the bullion cord is worn on this part, and the stem is in good condition with the “V style bullion weave. The ball below is the silver bullion type with a “cat's anus” stuffing.

The accompanying scabbard is a real beauty, having a choice hammered finish. This scabbard is totally straight throughout and appears to have much of the original gilded finish. The carrying bands are shaped in a simulated knot on both sides, and the bands are also cut to resemble ropes. The rope-like design continues through the eyelets, and the two carrying rings are also in this design. The throat is retained by a single dome head brass screw on the right side.

The blade is a very fine example, being plain as we normally see on dirks of this vintage. It has an outstanding nickel-plated finish and is easily in full Mint condition, with double fullers and a needle-like tip. The obverse is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of WKC, but does not have the firm's initials beneath; this would indicate it is the 1920's version trademark. The original brown leather washer is in place.

A key dirk here if you are collecting Naval types. This 1921 Models are very difficult to come by, especially in this kind of superior condition.

Near Mint. $2,605.50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $7,195.50

NVL12 #38329C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Distributor Marked Blade – Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger was probably purchased by a high ranking officer early in the period as the pommel is a 1938 changeover type. This pommel is a real looker, being identical to the example I show on page 229 of my Navy Book. It has very deeply inset wings and an impressive vault wreath. The details to this bird are also choice, with a striking eye, beak and breast.

The crossguard is a standard Eickhorn type, the same as that shown on page 266 of my book.

The grip, unfortunately, has some cracking. These cracks are rather serious, running from the top rib down to the fourth rib and also running around the grip on the reverse. The good news is that the grip wire is extremely tight; everything is held firmly in place with little chance of pieces breaking off. The brass wire is in excellent condition and has trapped a lot of reside around it, imparting a fine look.

This damage has always been an issue with Naval grips. We have the same issue with Shooting Cutlasses; the collecting community has accepted that this type of flaw is almost a given. The problem here, of course, is the fact that the base of the grip is of carved wood. The celluloid was dipped over this base, which is all well and good provided the wood doesn't shrink. Unfortunately time takes its toll and once the inevitable shrinkage begins the celluloid coating is unsupported and as fragile as an egg shell. I make it a policy not to ship Naval daggers in the cold winter months as often they go out to the customer in perfect condition, but after a time in a sub-zero warehouse or cargo hold end up becoming cracked.

Wrapped about the hilt is the original-to-the-piece silver bullion portepee. This portepee is a beauty, tied in a double reef knot. There is a tiny bit of flaw where the cord exits the knot but it isn't bad. The slide and stem have the usual braided “V design and the bullion ball is constructed of silver yarn-like material. The insert has the “cat's anus” style stuffing.

The lightning bolt scabbard is straight and shows a little hand wear, but that is to be expected as this dagger was worn throughout the period. The scabbard is stamped with well-defined palmettes around the bands and lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves down to the chape. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The rings are the triple serrated type and also show some wear. The throat is retained by two dome head screws.

The blade is an extremely nice example, with a high quality nickel-plated finish and an excellent fouled anchor etch. The etch is beautiful, retaining 100% of the frosted backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original tan felt blade buffer is in place.

It is interesting to note that the blade edge at the ricasso is the marking a famous retailer located in Kiel; it reads, “Aug. Lüneberg Kiel”. I have seen this marking on many, many Imperial blades but this is the first time I've encountered it on a Third Reich piece. This lets me know for sure that August Lüneberg was still in business during the Third Reich. It is strange that this is the first time I should see it, given that they had quite a large operation in a busy location. Perhaps Lüneberg didn't bother having the etchings done later in the period and this marking is a carry over from the Imperial days. Either way it makes for a most interesting dagger. I'm fairly sure that you will not see a blade of this vintage marked this way again!

Excellent. $1,195.00

NVL12 #38199 1872 Naval Applicanten Bayonet – Carl Eickhorn

The Applicanten Bayonet was issued to apprentices of NCO rank who were in training for administrative and technical assignments. This piece is iron with a plating a brass, indicating that it was most likely produced during the WW1, the design being dictated by shortages in material. The brass plating has a fine patina and looks to be intact across the hilt.

This example, within the scabbard, measures just about 19 inches in length. The hilt is basically a one piece unit. The grip and pommel curve slightly off to the left, with the pommel being rounded at the top with a round nut that acts to retain the tang. The grip has ribs cut into it to afford a handhold.

The crossguard has a center block which features a raised Imperial crown. The crown is very nicely detailed. The guard arms are almost in the shape of bowling pins and have rounded ends. Below the guard is a separate clamshell piece equipped with a spring-loaded hinge. This clamshell is decorated with a raised out fouled anchor design.

The scabbard shell is a fine leather example, being decorated with a pair of lines that run the length of the edges. It is sewn up the rear. The leather shows very little evidence of age and is in first-rate condition. The scabbard mounts are steel based with brass plating. They have a fine patina on the obverse that exactly matches the hilt. The reverse has some wear to the brass finish and small amounts of the steel base are peeking through. These mounts have scalloped edges and are retained by staples. There are numbers beneath the staples. The upper mount is fitted with a long, slender lug meant to retain a carrying frog.

This piece completely surprises the viewer when it is drawn from the scabbard. The 13 inch blade is in fully mint condition, somehow having survived the eleven decades without incident. This blade is a slab-sided affair with a ricasso, completely mirror-bright and beautifully nickel-plated. The blade is triple etched; the obverse depicts an Imperial crown set above a fouled anchor with a fully-rigged three masted ship below, cutting across a body of water with ensigns flying. The end of the blade has fine etchings of cannons, drums and standartes. The reverse etching is very similar except the ship is shown form a slightly different angle and the cannon are accompanied by a trident in addition to the standartes. The spine is etched with a pattern of fine laurel leaves. I can't express how great this blade is; it is really something to see a piece this old in this kind of miraculous condition.

The reverse ricasso is stamped with an Eickhorn trademark. This mark is in the form of two squirrels sitting back to back above the initials “C.E.”. This trademark was not used after 1918. The original red felt blade buffer is in place, showing some age but still intact.

A very fine example of an untouched Model 1872 Applicanten. These pieces are not easy to come by; this piece was recently purchased by me directly from a veteran family.

Excellent Plus. $1,895.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $1,795.00

NVL12 #38035C Model 1929 Naval Dirk – WKC

This Model 1929 Naval Dirk began its life with the round ball top. In 1938 Naval daggers with this ball top were subject of a changeover to the new pattern pommel. These special pommels were produced and shipped out Naval personnel to facilitate this upgrade.

This pommel is a real beauty, being the same as the example I shown on page 229 of my Navy Book. It has taken on a fine, antique brass look that matches the patina seen on the rest of the dagger. The pommel has the deeply inset half-opened wings with a highly vaulted wreath and a raised swastika. The details throughout the bird are exceptional; these changeover pommels are easily recognizable from the standard types made after this point.

The crossguard is the thin, early type that we seen on WKC pieces. This guard is fitted out with a push button blade release which is the “drilled” type, as opposed to the notch style used later on. This guard is in excellent condition, with fine raised acanthus leaves on both quillon arms as well as good button ends with nipples.

The grip of this dirk remains in perfect condition. It is an off-white celluloid over a wooden base. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire with years of reside visible in the recesses, a testament to the long life of this dirk.

The original silver portepee accompanies this dirk. This portepee is the style with the larger cord. Don't ask me how these things were ever tied; if you've attempted to do it yourself you know the frustration. The narrow cord examples are hard enough, these thicker types will drive you to drink! This bullion knot shows some mild fraying at the top loop as well as where the reef knot is tied on the obverse. It is, however, in good condition overall. The slide is a bit worn but it matches the stem, being in the “V” pattern weave. The lower ball is of bullion with the typical “cat's anus” stuffing.

The scabbard is the early style with lightning bolt stampings and knotted rope bands. These stampings show good detail to the palmettes above and below the bands, as well as to the lightning bolts, ermine feet and pointed acanthus leaves. This scabbard is dent free. The roped, figure 8 bands have the simulated knot on the front only, the reverse having standard simulated double ropes. The eyelets are also simulated rope and show only modest wear. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The blade of this dirk is the early sailing ship type. Other than just a little bit of age that appears on both sides of the ricasso the blade is in nearly mint condition. It has outstanding bright nickel plating and a needle-like tip. The sailing ship etch is in outstanding condition with the original frosted backgrounds intact and highlighting the finely raised etch. There is a fouled anchor design on the obverse blade, positioned above a finely detailed, fully rigged sailing ship. On the reverse the anchor is eliminated and an additional sailing ship, fully rigged as well, is added. The original leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine, historic piece here, recently received from a veteran family. The changeover pommel makes adds a great deal of interest and desirability to this already fine piece.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,595.00

NVL12 #37582C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Orange Grip & Hammered Scabbard – WKC

This Naval Dagger, with its orange grip and hammered scabbard, is the type that many collectors want to add to their collections a 2nd Model Naval example. It is a textbook WKC, virtually identical to the example I show on page 366 of my Navy Book.

The pommel is a fine WKC example, having excellent detailing to the bird's head and breast feathering, as well as to the half-opened wings, talons, and wreathed mobile swastika.

The crossguard is in excellent condition, with good fouled anchors on the center blocks of both sides. The quillon arms have nicely detailed acanthus leaves, with button ends that have nipples in the center.

The grip of this dagger is a very dark orange color, even throughout. There is a small crack in the third rib from the top, but it is not threatening and if anything adds character to the grip. These orange grips are of solid celluloid so there is no danger of the flaw worsening on its own. This grip is otherwise in nearly perfect condition.

There is a silver bullion portepee accompanying this dagger, in a naval reef tie. This accoutrement is set in place and has no fraying.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with an excellent hammered finish. The gilding is about 80% intact, being the same state as that seen on the hilt mounts. The bands are excellent, high off the surface types. They show little to no wear. The eyelets are the triple serrated types; sometimes we see eyelets with engraved oak leaves on WKC daggers, but we also see them in this fashion. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

The double etched blade is a real beauty and is as nice as they come. It has a quality nickel-plated finish, mirror-bright and retaining a needle-like tip. 100% of the frosting is in place behind the etched, providing a stimulating feast for the eye. The etch on this blade is the standard fouled anchor type as we seen on most WKC pieces made after 1938. When we see a sailing ship motif, it indicates a blade made prior to 1938. This Mint blade is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original blade buffer is in place showing only minor age to the edges.

A very nice, desirable 2nd Model Naval Dagger here.

Near Mint. $2,495.00

NVL12 #37465 2nd Model Naval Dirk – Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,495.00

NVL12 #37481 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $1,095.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $5,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $4,295.00

NVL12 #37103 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very nice, textbook Höller Naval Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

NVL12 #35602 U-9 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Unmarked Robert Klass

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger shows some usage from the period, and about 40% of the gilding remains to be seen, mostly in the recesses of the mounts. The mounts of this basically are the same I show in my Navy Book on page 355. Although this blade is unmarked it is most like the work of the Klass firm, as they were the only known producer of the U-9 motif.

The pommel and crossguard are both in excellent condition, having fine detail throughout. The pommel bears an eagle, looking to the viewer's left, with fine detail evident to the eye, beak, and half-opened wings. The bird clutches a wreath with a raised mobile swastika in his talons.

The crossguard features the fouled anchor on both sides of the center block, and has acanthus leaves that decorate the crossguards. The guards have button-style ends, with nipples at the extremities. The detail is good throughout the guard. The grip is a carved wood base, with an off-white celluloid covering. The celluloid is is a excellent condition throughout, with no cracks or breaks, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

There is a fine, Naval-style aluminum portepee tied about the hilt in a double reef knot. This knot shows no fraying and is in perfect condition throughout. The slide and stem have the “V” woven decoration, and the lower ball has the characteristic “cat's anus” style thread stuffing. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard is the standard lightning bolt style, and is nice and straight throughout. The shell has good, strong motif stampings, featuring palmettes around the carrying bands, and crisp lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves adorning the lower areas. The bands are the “high-off-the-surface” variety, featuring a mix of acorns and overlapping oak leaves. The eyelets are the triple serrated type. The upper eyelet shows a little more wear than the lower eyelet, but the serrations are still all there. The throat of this example is retained by two flush-mount headless screws, one in each side.

The main attraction of this dagger is of course the blade. The blade obverse is identical to the Klass examples I show on page 365 and 357 of my Navy Book, however the etched motif is opposite the of example shown in the book. The reverse blade depicts, in a lower panel, a battleship heading dead ahead, almost directly at the viewer. The details are quite clear to the bow and superstructure of the ship, as well as to the two ensigns which are flying from the bow and the mast. The battleship is cutting through the water, throwing up a fine bow wake. Above this depiction is the fouled anchor motif, and finishing the blade off are a series of floral decorations. The obverse blade has a larger panel which depicts the U-9 submarine. The details to this submarine are extremely clear, having the designation “U-9” on the conning tower. The antenna rigging of the submarine is extremely clear, and the periscope is also visible jutting out of the conning tower. The submarine is running on the surface, cutting through the sea, with three seagulls following above and astern. The etch is extremely clear and in perfect condition. Above this panel a floral decoration that mirrors that seen on the obverse. This blade is in perfect, Mint condition and is a real beauty, having a fine, needle-like tip. The blade is protected by an in-place brown leather washer.

If you have been looking for a U-9 Dagger, this is your chance to acquire a fine, authentic example.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $5,595.00

NVL12 #36215C 2nd Model Naval Dagger – F.W. Höller

This Höller example is a fine textbook piece produced in highest quality brass construction. The pommel and crossguard are identical to the examples that I show on page 278 and 279 of my Navy Book. The Höller pommel is particularly good looking as it does have more depth to the inner wing fold than most of the other maker’s product. The detail is exceptional to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wings, talons, wreath and raised swastika. The crossguard features the fouled anchor center blocks with acanthus leaves on both sides of the quillon arms. The button ends have good engraving and the nipples at the tips stick out quite far identical to page 279. There is about 50 or 60% of the original gilding which remains on these mounts. It gives them a very nice period glow. The grip is most attractive having turned a very deep ivory-like color. This grip is of carved wood base having a celluloid covering. The celluloid is in perfect condition throughout. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. The old residue of time and dirt is still noticeable trapped by the grip wire. The scabbard is one of the seldom seen period hammered type. The gilding finish exactly matches that of the hilt parts.

The scabbard is nice and straight throughout, having good hits to the peening. The lower chape button is not hammered but remains in a smooth state. The carrying bands are the type which have straight borders typical of this firm. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the triple serrated type showing some modest wear to the surfaces. The throat is retained by two headless side screws. This scabbard is the same as the one I show in my navy book on page 281, right.

The fine blade is a double etched variety, and it is still bright throughout. It shows only the most nominal signs of age and is easily still in near full mint condition. The blade is etched with the sailing ship motif which was the only type done by the Höller firm. It features a fouled anchor in the center area of the obverse with a fully rigged sailing ship below floating on sea plants toward the viewer. The upper portion is finish with floral motif. All of the frosting remains in the backs of the etch. The reverse blade eliminates the anchor and depicts a larger sailing ship again on floral plants coming up to about the halfway point of the blade. The rest of the blade finishes with floral motif. The original tip is still needlelike. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals. These ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “F.W. Höller Solingen”. Inside is the thermometer trademark having too many digits to ever count... Or seventeen on each side, if you are curious. The washer is an off-red felt type showing only nominal age.

A very nice textbook Höller Naval Dirk here.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

NVL12 #36272 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

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

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

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

Excellent. $1,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,595.00

NVL12 #35756 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00

NVL12 #35646 Imperial Transitional Naval Dirk with Artificial Damascus Blade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $6,495.00

NVL12 #35571 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $1,295.00

NVL12 #35209 Early 1st Model Naval Dagger – WKC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $1495.00

NVL12 #35320C Imperial Model 1902 Naval Dirk – WKC

This fine Imperial Model 1902 Naval Dirk is of all brass construction.

The pommel cap is the extra cost option, of a larger size which has the open finials at the top. This cap is a real beauty, having fine detail to the finials as well as to the orb and cross piece at the upper area. As is normally the case the cross has been squared to prevent damage to the uniform during wear. The area below the finials at the top of the pommel, is nicely checkered. The dome shaped eight sections which run around the perimeter of the pommel feature alternating crosses and Prussian eagles. Each panel has a border of beads. The crossguard is a fine imperial type having raised fouled anchors in the center blocks. The area around the anchors has been random pebbled. The quillon arms come outward from the center block being four-sided, and they end in stylized capstans. The crossguard shows only nominal wear throughout.

The grip of this example is an outstanding example. This grip is quite beautiful, having a dark golden tone on the reverse and being a lighter off-white on the obverse. The grip has fine grains throughout and there is some nice looking cracking that runs down the edges of both sides. There are no chips, however. This beautiful grip is wrapped with twisted silver wire. Setting off the looks of this fine dagger is what appears to be the original Imperial silver bullion knot. This knot has long since patinated to an appealing gold color. The knot has flecks of red and black that decorate its surfaces. The slide and stem are made up of matching silver toned bullion weave and the lower ball is of bullion. There is some old paint or something which still is clinging to the recesses of this knot but of anything it gives the dagger character. The lower stuffing consists of black and red thread. This is an exceptional hilt here!

The scabbard is also a real dandy, being a hand chased extra cost variety. This scabbard is decorated with rich floral leaves on both sides of the carrying bands. It also has matching floral engravings toward the chape area. In addition to the florals there are lightning bolts which come upward on both sides. The lower chape button also has engraved floral designs. The areas in between have been left plain and really compliment the beautiful designs. The carrying bands are also quite different from what we normally see. These bands have raised out leaves which appear to be similar to tobacco leaves. The eyelets have been hand engraved with oak leaf designs and the carrying rings have rope designs which run throughout their circumference. A beautiful scabbard here which shows some modest carrying time but no denting. On the reverse of the scabbard the monogram of the original owner is professionally engraved. It has quite a bit of wear across the engraving but it appears to be possibly, “IK”. The throat of this example is retained by flush mount screws which seem to have been finished to almost disappear from the scabbard.

The blade of this example is a fine hand forged Damascus. It is in the “maiden hair” style. The blade shows some general age and wear but there is no pitting or rust. This beautiful blade has an outstanding maiden hair pattern. The blade is constructed with double fullers still having good needlelike tip. The upper spine of the ricasso is stamped with the distributor, “A. Luneburg, Kiel”. The ricasso is stamped with the small knighthead trademark used around the turn of the century. There is a fine off-red felt buffer.

This is a fine opportunity to acquire a rapidly disappearing type of Imperial Naval Dirk, one with all the extras!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,495.00

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 #35306C 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Adolf Braun (Alcoso)

This Adolf Braun marked 2nd Model Naval Dagger was produced by Alcoso and sold to Braun, who was a distributor in Berlin. This dagger is identical to the example I show in my my Navy Book on page 301.

Since the dagger was produced by the Alcoso firm it is made of all classic Alcoso mounts. The pommel and crossguard are identical to the examples I show in my navy book on page 295 and also on page 301. The mounts are all in a patinated brass having a dull look throughout. The pommel shows good detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, half open wings, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The crossguard is the type that has the square quillon ends the same as I show on page 297. On the Alcoso crossguards the fouled anchor motif in the center block is only shown on the obverse. On the reverse Alcoso portrayed a diamond in the center having floral decoration around the diamond. This is a carry over from the old Imperial times.

The grip is a carved wood base having celluloid covering. Unfortunately there is a couple of cracks at the top rib of the grip but they are not bad and there is no material missing. The rest of the grip is in fine condition and is tightly wrapped with a brass springy style wire. There is an original to the piece nylon portepee still in place about the hilt tied in the naval wreath knot. This portepee shows a little bit of fray on the top of the knot but the rest of it is still in good condition. The knot has turned a pleasing gold color. The slide and stem have the “V” style decorations in the motif. The lower ball also has turned a fine gold color and the “cat’s anus” style stuffing contrasts slightly as it is a lighter color than the nylon thread of the ball. Not a bad looking hilt here.

The scabbard is a typical Alcoso type. It is a lightning bolt variety having good stamping to the palmettes above and below the carrying bands as well as to the lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves at the bottom. The acanthus leaves on Alcoso scabbards have pointed tips which is also a carryover from the imperial period. You can see this scabbard type on page 301. The bands are in good condition throughout featuring overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are the triple serrated type which still have good detail and they feature the sleeves on each of the openings, typical of Alcoso and the same as is pictured on page 299. this fine straight scabbard has a throat that is retained by two brass side screws. The blade is a plain type having dual fuller construction. I believe that all of the other Braun stamped pieces I’ve seen in the past also were plain. The blade is in fine bright condition having needle-like tip. On the reverse it is stamped horizontally, “Adolf Braun / Berlin”. The original off-red felt blade buffer is in place, showing some minor wear to the edges.

A rarely seen dagger here and a “must” for those out there that are collecting “type” Naval dirks.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #35076 2nd Model Naval Dagger - WKC

This 2nd Model Naval Dagger is in "as found" condition, appearing to have never been cleaned since the War. If you are the type of individual that gets a real "feel" for things like this, it is a great dagger for you. This dagger is a textbook W.K.C. example, being the same as I show in my Navy Book on page 270. The all-brass fittings have a deep patination throughout. They are slightly dull, but it appears to me that if they were cleaned, they would come up much brighter, as there still appears to be quite a bit of gilding beneath the dirt.

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

NVL12 #31687 2nd Model Naval Dagger – WKC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $2,295.00

NVL12 #31717 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,595.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,995.00

NVL12 #34894 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $2,195.00

NVL12 #34380 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

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

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

NVL12 #34272 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $1,195.00

NVL12 #34053 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

A nice solid dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00