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.
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