The Wasserschutzpolizei or Water Protection Police were the sole police branch to wear a dress dagger. Their function was to patrol the many rivers, canals, and lakes prevalent throughout Germany. The dagger was worn by officers only and is very similar to the standard Naval dirk with the exception of the carved wood-based grip which was covered with a blue leather incorporating a Police emblem on the grip obverse center. The grip emblems vary from silvered cut-out types similar to the Police Bayonet insignia to Police sword type emblems. Some examples produced by the Eickhorn firm do not have the grip emblem. The dagger was suspended from standard Naval hangers. These daggers are quite rare.
WATER #41434 Water Protection Police Dirk - WKC
This Water Police Dirk is a rare original showing some period usage and age, but still in very collectible condition. The dirk is equipped with all brass mounts. The pommel is the "round ball" variety, having fine detail to the reed and cat tail depictions positioned over cresting waves. The ball pommel's threads perfectly turn off the tang as we like to see on originals reflecting quality period craftsmanship. The cross guard is a basic naval type depicting the fouled anchor on both center blocks, acanthus leaf decoration on both sides of the arms, and button ends with nipples in the center. The reverse center block has some minor period surface wear to the details. The blade release button is a period replacement.
The grip is a carved wood base being covered with dark blue Moroccan leather. The leather reveals some period usage and wear, however, still remains in perfect, cut-free condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted, toned brass wire. There is period age and history trapped by the wire and ribs, as I like to see on a dirk like this. The obverse leather features the Police grip insignia. The insignia is the open type having oak leaf wreath with open wing police eagle clutching a swastika superimposed over it. The openings in the insignia also show period age within. The insignia appears to have had a copper plating when first issued. The highlights show a small amount of period wear to this finish. We took a look inside the grip and the insignia is properly pinned having the prongs bent over nicely being countersunk into the wood.
We added a choice gold-toned portepee to the grip and even tied it properly - not an easy job if you have ever tried this yourselves, especially with the thicker-cord types! The knot really makes this piece jump. A great looking hilt here.
The scabbard is a standard WKC brass lightning bolt type. Due to years of period usage, there is no gild remaining on the surfaces, but it all blends well with the condition and the look of the grip. (These Water Police patrolled the many rivers, lakes and waterways that were scattered throughout 3rd Reich Germany.) The scabbard has the palmettes around the upper bands, and further down, the shell is engraved with lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves at the lower. The bands are the typical WKC type being high-off-the-surface and portraying overlapping oak leaves with mixtures of acorns. The eyelets are the triple-serrated type. The serrations show some wear, but this is to be expected. The carrying rings blend perfectly. Although showing period usage, the scabbard shell is straight. The throat is retained by two brass dome head side screws.
The double-etched blade is still mostly bright, showing a little age in the ricasso area, but not bad. This blade is etched with the sailing ship motif. The etch details are still good, showing only minor age in the nuances, but no pitting or problems. Most of the background frosting still remains. The blade tip is still needle-like. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the knight head trademark and beneath is the firm's initials, "WKC". The original off-red blade washer is in place showing minor age, but still all there.
These daggers are quite rare. Granted, this one is not mint, but it is priced accordingly. A choice original here that really "talks to you". A great opportunity here to fill a missing gap in most collections.
WATERPOLICE #39929C Water Police Dirk – WKC
The Water Police Dirk is rarely seen in our hobby; this is the first example I’ve had the occasion to offer in a very long time. These daggers are basically Naval type, with the exception of the grip, which is of leather covered wood, and the pommel, which is the early, round type.
This example is of brass construction, showing evidence of usage but retaining the original detailing throughout. There is no gilding left on this piece. As mentioned above the pommel is the early round style, decorated with cattails and reeds. The detailing on this pommel is outstanding, including handwork on the reeds and nice pebbling on the cattails.
The crossguard is the standard Naval type with fouled anchor center blocks on both sides. The arms are decorated with fine acanthus leaves and have good, lined button ends. It is interesting to note that the release button on this dagger apparently was lost, most likely during the period, and a replacement was made using the green glass eye from a sword pommel. It looks kind of cool in there ad it works well.
The grip is of wood covered in period dark blue leather. The leather is still in good condition, having not cuts or problems, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. There is lots of age reside trapped in the recessed between the ribs. There is an outstanding Police eagle insignia installed on the obverse of the grip. The eagle features an open-winged bird, clutching a wreathed swastika and superimposed on an oval wreath. This bird show mild traces of wear ad lots of age reside in the backgrounds. It is also nice to see that this insignia has been rounded to perfectly fit the grip.
Wrapped around the hilt of this dirk is a gold portepee. We see a lot of reproductions of these gold knots but this example appears to be an original. It is still in a tie that we see more at the turn of the last century than during the Third Reich, but it looks to have been in place for a long, long time. The slide and stem have bullion covering in a “V” weave, and the lower ball is of gold bullion thread which remains nice and tight. The insert is a standard flat, textured type.
The scabbard is a standard lightning bolt pattern. It shows some mild surface wear but is free of dents and dings. This scabbard is engraved with palmettes above and below the carrying bands and, at the lower portion, are lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves. The bands are the WKC type that rise high off the surface. These bands have good detail to the overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets are triple serrated, showing minor wear but remaining in good condition. The upper eyelet shows wear to the inner ring caused by friction from the carrying ring. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.
The blade is a standard double etched type featuring sailing ship motif. This blade shows minor age but remains in good condition overall, with a needle-like tip. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the WKC Knight Head trademark, and the original red felt buffer is in place.
An original WKC version of the dagger here; most we see are from Alcoso and Eickhorn. Since WKC was a huge Naval producer it is only natural they made a Water Police dagger, and this is an original example of their handiwork.
Excellent Plus. $4,995.00