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 #37630C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Deluxe Grip, Hand Chased Scabbard, Portepee and Damascus Blade
The hilt mounts are exceptional, being constructed of high quality brass with nearly 100% of their original gilded finish. These mounts appear to be the variety that was produced by Carl Eickhorn, but in the case of a special order dagger such as this one the mounts may have been purchased by the Damascus smith.
The pommel is a beauty, with all detailing to the bird's head and breast feathering and good, raised wreath with a mobile swastika inside. The crossguard features the traditional fouled anchors on both sides and the arms are decorated on both sides with acanthus leaves. The crossguard ends have good, accented buttons with nipples in the center.
The genuine Elfenbein grip is in outstanding condition. This grip has no cracks or chips anywhere. The obverse has a light golden color with some attractive grain evenly spread through the surfaces. The reverse of the grip is slightly lighter in color and has an interesting faint line that runs down the center, perhaps caused by the presence the portepee.
The portepee is a most impressive silver bullion example tied in the Naval reef knot. It is in perfect condition, exactly matching the fine condition of the rest of the dirk. The slide and stem have the distinctive “V” pattern, and the lower ball is of yarn-like bullion thread with a “cat's anus” insert.
The scabbard is similarly remarkable. It is completely hand chased with a pattern that I can't recall ever having seen in the past. It consists of a series of floral designs set in panels with curved, raised border around them. These floral embellishments seem to be laurel with large size berries. The center area between the two bands has a pebbled oval design. The lower portion of the scabbard has more of the laurel-like floral designs, and a smaller oval mimicking the larger one seen above. A good portion of the original gilding remains on the surfaces of this scabbard; it is very beautiful indeed!
The scabbard bands feature an “X” shaped design, as well as more laurel leaves that jut outward from this marking. There are exaggerated berries in the upper and lower portions of this “X”. The eyelet is also hand engraved to flow with the rest of the scabbard designs. The rings have small, hand-engraved laurel leaves with nice accents to the veins. The throat is retained by two dome head brass side screws.
The blade of this dagger is a hand-forged Damascus example in a Maiden Hair pattern. There are a few swirls in the design at the ricasso areas as well as the inner areas of the double ridges. This blade is in perfect condition, and the pattern-welded designs immediately attract the eye of the viewer. The tip on this blade remains needle-like.
The reverse ricasso of the blade has the blade lock but is otherwise unmarked. The tang of the blade is stamped with the producer, Dinger; his initials are stamped into the metal, “P+D”. The original blade washer is a red felt example, with some wear to the lower edge but basically still intact.
A splendid Naval Dagger here, which would easily be a highlight in an advanced Naval collection.
Near Mint. $7,995.00
NVL12 #37953C Imperial Model 1902 Naval Dirk with Shortened Scabbard
We often see with Imperial Naval dirks shortened scabbards, as the original examples from 1890 where made with a standard length long scabbard. Rather than discard a long scabbard they were simply cut down. This identical piece can be seen in my Navy Book on page 103. In the scabbard this piece measures about 14 inches long.
The pommel is the style with high finials that have serrated edges. These finials support an orb and a cross at the top. The six domed shields that surround the pommel are all pebbled, alternating between designs of Prussian eagles and crosses. The pommel shows minor traces of wear. This pommel was pinned to the tang by the manufacturer and as such this dirk cannot betaken down.
The crossguard below features fouled anchor center blocks, and the four-sided quillons have panels filled with fine pebbling. The quillons terminate in stylized capstans.
The grip is a very pretty genuine Elfenbein, still being in perfect condition. There are some very attractive striations on both sides, with tones and gold and graining throughout the entire grip. This grip is wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard has been shortened to about 10 ¾ inches. It is interesting to note that the scabbard, at one time, was a lightning bolt variety. The bolts, however, have all been peened over. Further, the bands were once the guilloche style but they too have been peened over to match the shell. Even the eyelets and carrying rings have been peened. A very interesting scabbard here; it really speaks to you of the history of this dirk. The throat is retained by two dome head brass screws.
The fine Damascus blade is about 9 ½ inches long. It has a very nice, subtle Maiden Hair pattern that gently flows the length of both sides. The blade has double fullers and a ricasso. I see no age on this blade and it looks to be nearly mint to me. It is buffered by a red felt pad.
A very nice, historical piece here!
Excellent Plus. $4,850.00
NVL12 #45773 1st Model Naval Dirk - Marine-marked
This naval dirk is an interesting piece being the first model type with the ball type pommel. The pommel is an excellent example having much hand enhancing to the reeds and cattails which are placed above cresting waves.
The crossguard is the traditional style having the diamond on the back of the center block and fouled anchors on the obverse. This could indicate that the piece may be Alcoso made but since it is not maker marked I can’t tell for sure. The crossguard has excellent acanthus leaves on both of the quillion arms with good ending buttons and nipples.
The grip is a fine off white celluloid which remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. It is possible that this grip could have been changed to a white example as looking at the overall early qualities of this piece it could have started its original life as a 1921 model.
The hilt is wrapped with a really great silver bullion portepee. The portepee remains in very fine condition with no fraying and has a very tight knot set in place. The slide is missing from the portepee but it is not noticeable. The stem is the bullion type with “V” designs and the bullion ball is equipped with the cat’s anus style stuffing.
The scabbard is an interesting example as it is plain throughout with no stampings. It is very unusual to see a plain scabbard like this but once again this is indicative of perhaps the dagger starting as a 1921 model when metal was very short in Germany. The scabbard shell remains in perfect condition with no dents. It is equipped with figure eight style bands. The upper band shows some wear on the reverse of the figure eight knot which most likely is attributable to a former hanger hardware interfering with it while it was worn. The bands are equipped with eyelets which are simulated rope as well as the ringlets also being similar rope.
The blade is a plain type equipped with double fullers. The blade is basically bright throughout except for a little mild age on both sides of the ricasso. The reverse ricasso is stamped with an M over an anchor which is also a property marking we see from the 1921 pieces. The blade grades at about excellent. The original red buffer is in place.A very nice early 1st model dagger here that would accent well a sophisticated naval type collection.
NVL12 #45775 Transitional 1848 Model Naval Dirk
This naval dirk is very interesting to me and seems to reflect two or three periods of naval history. First of all the pommel is the early ball top style. It has very deep enhancement to the reeds and cattails with cresting waves at the base. This pommel has the look of the early 1848 models. Additionally the crossguard is the capstan type which we would normally see on a 48 model. It has the fouled anchor center blocks with push button blade release and the quillon arms are in the forms with the capstan ends.
The clincher however is the shape of the grip. This grip is of ivory and is much more bulbous at the upper area and then tapers thinner as it goes down to the bottom edge. The grip is also hand turned to create the ribs. This is the shape that we frequently see on these early 1848 models. The ivory on the reverse has the usual cracking and nice golden tones however on the obverse it has sustained some type of staining or surface damage. Perhaps this could be repaired by someone in the future by maybe rubbing a little of the surface off of the ivory. However I am content to leave it the way it is as it speaks of the dirk’s history.
The scabbard is also interesting. The scabbard is a brass example and is not the 1848 version which I believe was discarded for this scabbard to stay in keeping with the imperial times of the Kaiser. The scabbard appears to have been a plain brass finish and guilloche style simulated carrying bands have been engraved into the surfaces. The engraving is only on the obverse. The eyelets are plain. At the lower portion of the scabbard it also has the lightning bolts ermine feet and acanthus leaves which also appear to be engraved and are only on the obverse. This to me is definitely a scabbard that the original weather purchased to stay with the times.The blade is the style that we often see with earlier pieces. It has a short ricasso with center ridge and is double etched. It is etched with nautical scenes featuring a sailing ship on the reverse side of the blade over sea plants and on the obverse reflects the crown over an anchor also over sea plants. The blade is still mostly bright showing only modest age. The bottom of the crossguard is missing the washer but it allows us to see the stampings on it which appear to be 110746 on the one side and DRGM on the other side of the butt plate.
A very interesting dagger here for the type of person that enjoys studying the different modifications that happened with these early naval dirks as the times changed. A great piece to add to a sophisticated naval type collection.
This dagger comes with an antique ivory certification document, which as of August 3rd is in the process of being drawn up.
NVL12 #45431C 2nd Model Naval with Ivory Grip by Carl Eickhorn
The fine gilded brass hilt mounts are all textbook Eickhorn. The pommel is a beauty having fine detail to the bird’s head breast feathering and half open wings. The wreath is vault outward having a gilt colored swastika within. The crossguard features the two fouled anchors and beautiful acanthus leaves on the surfaces of both quillon arms. The quillon arms end with button ends and in the middle are fine crisp nipples.
gracing the hilt of this piece is a magnificent factory ivory grip. The ivory is in beautiful condition being completely perfect throughout. The ivory has fine grains running throughout both sides and also has nice golden tones. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
Further decorating the hilt is a nice portepee having the later style cord with silvered stem slide and traditional cord ball. The knot is in the naval tie and is completely set in place and appears to be original to the piece. This portepee also remains in mint condition.
The lightning bolt scabbard is a beauty with deep engraving to the palmettes and below to the lightning bolts ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The scabbards appears to still retain 100 percent of the gilding. The eyelets are the triple serrated type. The throat is retained by two dome head brass screws.
The blade is also a beauty being the fouled anchor variety. It has outstanding nickel plated surfaces which remain in mint condition. The etching is perfect having 100 percent of the frosted backgrounds. A very fine mint blade. The reverse is stamped with the over the shoulder style trademark used after 1941. The original brown felt blade buffer is in place showing little to no wear.
If you are looking for a naval dagger that you can add to your collection and enjoy for life this one is extremely nice.
This dagger comes with a De Minimis exemption certification pertaining to the ivory grip.
Mint Minus. $2,695.00
NVL12 #45584C 1927 Vintage Naval with Blue Presentation Panel by Carl Eickhorn
This Naval Dirk has to be one of the best of its type that I have offered over the years. As we will see later in the description, the dirk's vintage is 1927. At that time Naval dirks were equipped with the black "mourning" grip, and it was not until 1929 that white grips were once again used. Since this dirk is equipped with a white grip, it can be assumed the grip was upgraded during the time. Additionally, dirks of this vintage had the ball-style pommel. When the change-over pommel of 1938 arrived, to include the eagle and swastika motif, this dirk was also upgraded to this pommel. The pommel is an outstanding example reflecting the deep recesses of the folds of the bird's wings and the heavily vaulted wreath with swastika. The brass pommel exactly matches the color tones of the other brass mounts. The cross guard features the fouled anchor center block on the obverse, and on the reverse, it portrays the floral-surrounded diamond shape, normally associated with Alcoso. The cross guard arms are decorated with fine acanthus leaves, with quillion ends being line-engraved and having nipples at the ending area. The upgraded white grip is one of the seldom seen off-white examples made of solid celluloid. It has interesting toning to the celluloid and also reflects the residue and hand usage signs gained over 9 decades of existence. The grip is in fine shape and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is basically straight having a fine, very deep hammered surfaces. The lower chape ball is left plain for contrast. The brass shell matches the tone of the hilt mounts. The carrying bands are also hammered and have plain borders that accent them. The eyelets have triple serrations and also have the built-in sleeves, also associated with Alcoso. It is interesting to note that the top eyelet shows quite a bit of period wear, so the recipient certainly wore this dirk during the period. The carrying rings have rope-like depiction. The throat is retained by two brass side screws. It should be noted that the mounts and scabbard of this dagger appear to be Alcoso products, yet the blade is Eickhorn-marked. The reason for this is probably due to the times the dirk was produced. During the late 1920s, the German Navy was a small branch, having been scaled-down due to the terms of the Versailles Treaty. There were few dirks being produced during this time. It is my opinion that although the dirk was ordered through the Eickhorn firm, chances are that Eickhorn purchased the mounts from Alcoso, as they may have not had mounts of their own on hand, and it was not practical to produce them for what would have been a single order.
And now to the glorious blade! The blade is a high-quality naval example having dual fullers and heavily nickel-plated surfaces. The reverse blade is plain and in brilliant mint condition. The obverse is sensational having a long blue panel with two-line dedication. The blue work is the same as we see on some of the Imperial swords of the past and most likely was produced by one of those employees still working at Eickhorn. The inscription reads, "Seinem lieben Freunde Ottoheinrich Junker!/ Karl Brandenburg - Weihnachten 1927". Translation would be, "In admiration of my friend Ottoheinrich Junker! Karl Brandenburg - Christmas 1927". The blue panel is highlighted with fancy end borders and the deep blue background color really makes the letters of the dedication jump off of the blade - very beautiful indeed. I took a look at the inside parts and both the tang and the cross guard are stamped with matching numbers, tying the parts in nicely. The reverse trademark is the small double oval logo. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". We normally associate this vintage trademark as 1933-35, however, we do know from statements from former Eickhorn employees in the past that Eickhorn used several different trademarks, often giving no heed to time periods.
The recipient of the dagger, Fregattenkapitän Ottoheinirich Junker, born 12 July, 1905, joined the Navy in 1924 as a Fahnriche zur See. He had received four years of U-boat training as a member of the Torpedo Testing Command, before commissioning U-532 in November 1942. The U-532 was one of the Monsun-boats assigned to the far east at bases at Penang, Singapur and Batavia. During this period, Junker sank 8 ships and damaged two others. U-532 was one of the rare Boats that did not experience any casualties. Junker was awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class, as well as the German Cross in Gold. In May, 1945, toward the end of the war, Junker surrendered U-532 in England, where he was held in captivity until February 1948. He died July 28, 2000. There is an extensive dossier that accompanies the dirk describing in detail Junker's successes with U-532 as well as the importance of the Germans having U-boat defenses in the far east.
The presenter of the dagger and obvious close friend, Fregattenkapitän Karl Brandenburg commanded U-457 beginning 5 November 1941. The U-boat was based out of Norway at Trondheim and Narvik. Brandenburg sunk two ships and damaged one. On 16 September, however, U-457 was sunk by British depth charges with a loss of all men. Brandenburg was awarded the 1st and 2nd Iron Cross as well as the U-Boat War Badge. A dossier on Brandenburg and the exploits of U-457, also accompanies the dirk.
This is a thrilling package, as the complete dossiers of the exciting careers of these two U-boat Kapitäns literally make this dirk come alive. It is also amazing to me that this "gift" dagger of 1927 involves two young naval officers, both of whom went on to became U-boat Kapitäns during the war. This dagger represents an important, fascinating piece of Kriegsmarine history here with an extremely beautiful and impressive blue-paneled blade.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $10,000.00
NVL12 #45401C 2nd Model Naval by Paul Weyersberg
The pommel is a very nice example featuring good detail to the bird’s head breast feathering vaulted wreath and swastika. The crossguard also is in nice condition with fouled anchor center blocks. The quillon arms are decorated with raised acanthus leaves and have button ends with fairly long protruding nipples in the center.
The grip is a wood base covered with celluloid. The obverse grip remains in perfect condition and has a very nice ivory tone to it. The reverse grip unfortunately has developed a crack in the next to last rib and I also see signs of perhaps a small hairliner in the lower rib of the reverse. If the dagger is being displayed though this should not be a problem.
The scabbard is a good example still being straight and showing a few minor carrying signs. It is the lightning bolt variety with deeply stamped acanthus leaves followed by lightning bolts ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The bands are a high off the surface type with overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets have good triple serrated edges. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws.
The blade is in good condition however it is not all that bright. It has a slightly gray look to it which I don’t know whether it was made this way or whether age has done the deed. The blade is perfectly formed with a needlelike tip. It features the standard fouled anchor nautical motif on both sides of the blade. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location Paul Weyersberg Solingen and in the center is a sword piercing a wheat shaft. This blade grades at about excellent. The original brown leather buffer is in place.
A good Weyersberg piece here that is pierced accordingly.
NVL12 #45520C 2nd Model Naval with Hammered Scabbard by WKC
This hammered scabbard piece is in nice condition throughout. It shows the usage during its time around but overall it still is in really nice condition. The dagger does not have a lot of gild left to it but it's nicely patinated brass mounts and scabbard are all evenly toned and quite attractive. It is a classic WKC piece.
The pommel remains in good condition still having excellent detail to the birds head breast feathering and wings and the swastika is nicely vaulted out of the wreath.
The crossguard features the fouled anchors in the center blocks and both crossguard arms have good acanthus leaves with button lined ends and nipples in the center.
The grip is a carved wood base covered with celluloid. The celluloid has toned nicely and it remains in good condition showing a couple of age stains but otherwise it is fine. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The original to the piece silver bullion portepee is completely set in place. This portepee las long since toned to a very dark color but it really looks neat the way double reef knot is tied and all of the age that has set into the knot areas. Unfortunately the dagger most have been worn quite a bit as the knot is fairly frayed where it comes out of the loop. The stem and slide still have their v design bullion coverings and the lower ball has tone to match the cord. The ball is stuffed with the cat’s anus style thread that we often see on naval daggers.
The hammered scabbard is a very fine example with no dents in it. It is absolutely perfect. It matches the patination of the hlt perfectly and it is interesting to note that WKC hammers the small chape button at the end to match the rest of the scabbard. The bands are the high off the surface type with good overal;lping oak leaves and, as we often see on WKC hammered pieces the eyelets have oak leaves carved into their surfaces. We don’t see this on all WKC’s but on most. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.
It is a real pleasure to look at the blade. This blade remains in full mint condition having outstanding high quality nickel plated surfaces with needlelike tip. The fouled anchor nautical motif is brilliant against the 100 percent frosted backgrounds.The blade is stamped on the obverse wit the knight head logo and beneath is the firm’s initials WKC. The original red felt buffer is in place showing a little wear around the edges but still all there.
A nice naval dagger that really talks history to the next owner.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00
NVL12 #45210 2nd Model Naval by Carl Eickhorn
The pommel is a real beauty being the changeover style that was instituted in 1938. It is a very fine eagle having deep recesses in the wings with large vaulted wreath and shiny swastika in center. The detail to the bird’s head is also outstanding.
The crossguard could not be nicer having the fouled anchor centers with the acanthus leaves on each of the quillon arms. The button ends are in good condition with nipples in the center.
The wood carved grip is covered in white celluloid still being in perfect condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It is a very fine Eickhorn scabbard having nearly 100 percent of the original gilt still on the obverse. It features palmettes over and under the carrying bands and at the bottom are deeply stamped lightning bolts ermine feet and acanthus leaves. On the reverse of the scabbard the gilding is still at 100 percent at the upper area above the band and at the lower area below the second band. The area in between the to bands was obviously the place where the original wearer chose to hold his hand to keep the dagger in place. The gilt has worn off this area and if anything kind of talks to you. The bands feature fine oak leaves with acorns and the eyelets are the triple serrated type. The throat is retained by two dome head screws.
The blade is of highest quality and still in full mint condition. It is a nickel plated example with its needlelike tip. The frost behind the fouled anchor etch is 100 percent and really shows off the raised work here. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935 through 41 squirrel logo. The original brown felt buffer pad is in place.
An extremely nice Eickhorn dagger here.
Mint Minus. $1,425.00
NVL12 #34380 2nd Model Naval by Carl Eickhorn
This is a very fine piece having all of the original gild finish, accept for a small portion about the size of a quarter on the scabbard obverse over the area that features the lightning bolts. The mounts throughout are all classic Eickhorn. The hilt parts are in choice perfect condition. The pommel features the finely detailed eagle clutching a wreath with swastika. The cross guard has outstanding detail to the acanthus leaves on the quillon arms, the fouled anchor center blocks and the button ends with nipples in the center. The off-white grip remains in perfect condition having a base of carved wood. The grip is wrapped with tight twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is straight as an arrow featuring the lightning bolt design. The scabbard reflects full original gild finish with the exception of the small area over the lightning bolts mentioned above. (The next owner may wish to simi-chrome just this small area to bring back the brightness of the brass). The palmettes are deeply stamped around the bands, as is the case with the lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns being in choice crisp condition, to include the triple-serrated eyelets. The throat is retained by two dome head center screws.
The double-etched blade is in full mint condition, being of the finest quality with choice nickel-plated finish. The background frosting is still perfect and really sets off the raised areas of the fouled anchor nautical scenes. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark. The original brown felt blade buffer is in place.
A very fine piece here.
Mint Minus. $1,350.00
NVL12 #45007 1st Model Naval with Orange Grip and Hammered Scabbard
This naval dagger is an incredibly nice piece. It is one of the rarely seen 1st Model types having survived the adjustment of putting the 1937 eagle on it. Apparently this offer retired prior to that time.
The pommel is an outstanding ball top featuring reeds and cattails over cresting waves. The pommel has nice detail.
The crossguard is also extremely nice having fine fouled anchors in the center blocks with good acanthus leaves and having line enhanced ends with nipples which stick out quite far. Just looking at these mounts I feel that this dagger was most likely made by the Hörster firm.
The grip is a very beautiful orange example having one tiny crack on the reverse bottom right rib. Other than this the grip is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
Decorating the hilt is a fine aluminum style knot which appears to have been on the dagger for a long time. It is tightly set in place in the double naval reef tie. It shows only the most modest signs of usage.
The scabbard is an outstanding example being completely straight throughout and having very fine hammered finish. The bands are very nicely rendered having enhanced oak leaves and acorns with eyelets having the typical triple surface serrations. The throat is retained by two dome head screws.
The blade is also a very fine example being in almost complete mint condition. It is very bright having finest nickel plated finish. The frosting behind the fouled anchor etch is still all there with just a slight bit of age noticeable in a couple of areas in the frosting. Otherwise the blade is perfect. The original leather buffer is in place.
Original 1st Model naval daggers are quite difficult to come by and are a real must for an advanced naval collection. This one really has the looks to a long with its rarely encountered ball top.
Near Mint. $2,195.00
NVL12 #37637C Naval Assault Dirk with Nazi Pommel – Puma
This original Naval Assault Dirk is extremely rare and only the second or third example I've ever had the privilege to offer over the years. These remarkable daggers were considered for adoption by the Puma company in their 1939-40 catalog and they were described as “Model #8”. The Puma firm made a few of these daggers but apparently sales were slow and with the war breaking out the apparently decided to discontinue the piece. As a result there are probably no more than a dozen or so of these daggers in existence. This example has a Nazi pommel on the top in the 1938 changeover pattern. Apparently the original owner of this dagger did not like the original ball top and replaced it with the standard example that all of his fellow officers were wearing.
The hilt of this dirk is essentially the same as I show in my Navy Book on page 362. The scabbard bands are identical to the examples I show on page 361.
If you are not familiar with the 1938 changeover pommels you can see two examples on page 230 of my Navy book which are identical to this example. This example also exactly matches the gilded finish and level of wear of all of the remaining pieces of the dirk. This outstanding pommel in in the form of an eagle who looks to the left, with full detailing to the bird's eye, beak, neck, talons, recessed wings and wreath area. The swastika is in the center of the wreath, nicely rendered in relief. The majority of the original gilding is intact on this pommel, being at least 90 to 95% intact.
The unique crossguard on this crossguard is identical to the example I show on page 362 of my book. It features an obverse center block with a one-of-a-kind eagle with half-open wings that have a squared off look to them. The bird clutches a mobile swastika. On the opposite side of the guard the center block has the traditional fouled anchor which is randomly pebbled in the background.
The blade release button is the style which has been drilled, rather than the notched type. The button works well and is complete.
The quillon arms are quite special as they are large at the center and taper to teardrop ends. These arms are further decorated with a floral pattern which is bordered throughout the design. The original fire gilding is still present in the backgrounds of the floral designs, giving a muted contrast to the brighter gilding on the surfaces of the rest of the hilt. Overall a really beautiful design here.
I took a look inside of the of the hilt and, of course, the pommel is not numbered as we believe it would have been added by the original wearer at a later date. The lower portion of the guard as well as the butt plate are stamped “20” with the very small numbers used by the Puma firm. The blade tang is also stamped with the same small “20”.
The grip of this dirk is also in perfect condition. It is constructed with a carved wooden base with a celluloid covering. The celluloid has toned to a nice ivory color, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. It is interesting to not that these Puma grips the tang clearance hole at the top is square rather than round, a good tip for those of you out there if you're even looking at a Puma Assault Dirk.
The scabbard is a real beauty, have a deep, hammered finish. The scabbard is in full Mint condition, having nearly 100% of the original gilded surfaces. It is further enhanced by the unique bands that are sometimes used on these Assault Dirks; we also sometimes see them with roped knot type bands. These special bands are the same as those shown in my Navy Book on page 361. They resemble Army style carrying bands, having overlapping oak leaves with acorns. The gilding is also all there on these bands. The carrying rings are plain and also have some of the original gilded finish remaining. The throat is held in place by two flat head side screws which appear to be steel with an old gilded finish.
The Puma Assault Dirks I have dealt with in the past have always had plain blades, and the same is true here. The blade is still bright and shows only the most minor traces of age. It is fashioned with double fullers and a ricasso. The tip is still needle-like.
The reverse ricasso is stamped with the familiar diamond shaped logo of the Puma firm, complete with the usual cat head. The location city, “Solingen”, can be seen below the diamond. The original reddish felt washer is in place.
This is an opportunity rarely offered for those out there that are assembling an advanced Naval collection. Original Naval Assault Dirks rarely come up for sale and as such are the very definition of a good investment. This piece has all of the condition you could want coupled with the fact that it is 100% original. This is your chance to acquire a dagger that almost no one else has!
Near Mint. $14,575.00
NVL12 #37621C Model 1872 Kriegsmarine Applicanten Dirk – E. & F. Hörster
This beautiful Kriegsmarine Applicanten Dirk is an outstanding condition that belies its considerable age. The hilt is basically a one piece unit, with the grip and crossguard of a single brass casting. The gilded finish throughout the hilt still appears to be in 100% condition. The pommel portion of the grip is rounded and is positioned to the left side. The combined backstrap and pommel run vertically down to the crossguard. On the left side of the grip there are ribs, built into the casting, which act as a hand grip.
The crossguard has a smooth center block on the reverse, while on the obverse center there is an intricately rendered Imperial crown. The crown has three domed shields at the front, with fine simulated finials rising up to hold an orb topped with a cross. The guard quillons are shaped not unlike a bowling pin, and are rounded at the ends.
Below the center block is a separate piece consisting of a folding clamshell. This clamshell bears a raised-out, detailed fouled anchor with random pebbling scattered around it. This anchor has very realistic ropes around the anchor shaft and flukes. I also note that the number “01” is stamped on the reverse of the clamshell fitting.
The scabbard is of leather which has been decorated with twin lines that run down the edges of both sides. The reverse has sewn-up seam. The leather throughout is still extremely supple and shows little age. The scabbard mounts are plain, the upper example having a long lug for the attachment of a frog. The lower mount has twin lines decorating the obverse. Both have scalloped edges where they meet the leather shell, and are retained by numbered staples.
The 13 inch blade is really a pleasure to gaze upon. It is in nearly complete Mint condition, being a slab-sided type with a ricasso. It is double etched. The etch is in new-like condition, with 100% of the original frosted backgrounds. The lower etch depicts a fully-rigged sailing ship, ensigns flying and bearing down on the viewer. Above this, in the center, is an Imperial crown set atop a fouled anchor. The etch ends with floral designs as well as a cannon, drum, and standartes.
The reverse etch also has the sailing ship, this time off the ricasso. This ship has visible portholes and even a smoke stack sticking up through the masts, which is the type of hybrid ship in use during this period of German naval history. In the center is an Imperial crown over a fouled anchor. The etch ends on the upper area with a cannon, standartes, and a trident. A very beautiful blade here, and quite historic with the striking etches of the time.
The ricasso is stamped with the producer of this examples in tow lines, “E. & F. Hörster / Solingen”. The original brown leather washer is in choice condition, in place and still protecting the blade after all these years.
Applicanten Dirks are extremely difficult to find; they were worn by candidates circa 1872 and onward. Around the turn of the century, paymasters also adopted these Applicanten style dirks, however they usually has much more elaborate mounts than this plain and simple type. If you are working on an Imperial Naval collection, this example will make an outstanding addition. You are not likely to find an better conditioned dirk.
Near Mint. $2,500.00
NVL12 #44618C Naval Honor Pommel with Diamonds
This naval honor pommel was one of the examples that were left over at the end of the war as they were never used for anticipated orders of honor daggers which did not materialize. These pommels were given to Jim Atwood in the late 70's. The pommel comes with original letters sent to Atwood by Helmut Eickhorn stating that the pommels were made by his father with much care with the diamonds and according to special orders given to his firm. He further states he wants 600 francs for each pommel. According to the letter 20 pieces were given to Jim Atwood.
This example is one of the original pieces. As most collectors are aware there were special honor daggers made for naval officers such as U-boat captains and in one case a torpedo boat captain who had already won Knight's Crosses with Swords and the dagger was thought to make for something special to further award these gallant naval people. As far as we know there were approximately 17 of these daggers at least that is the amount we currently know of. It's possible there are still more to come to the attention of the collecting community. The honor pommel is slightly larger than a normal naval pommel and has beautiful detail to the bird's head open wings breast area talons and wreath.
The platinum applied swastika is set with 17 rose cut diamonds. The pommel is also threaded for insertion on to a tang. I have sold a number of these pommels over the years but it has ben some time since I have had the opportunity to offer another one. This one is specially significant because it comes with the original Eickhorn to Atwood letters not just copies which I have had in the past.
A very beautiful item here and a special addition to any advanced naval collection. If you have a copy of my naval book I cover in a chapter the naval honor daggers and I also feature one of the leftover pommels in color on age 432. This pommel we are offering is identical to the one pictured in the book.
NVL12 #44583C Gilded Aluminum Naval Pommel
We know that there a few naval daggers that were made by the Carl Eickhorn firm that were made of all gilded aluminum. Eickhorn was experimenting with using aluminum for production and we have seen other daggers in the past such as RAD leaders which were also produced of aluminum by Eickhorn.
The pommel that we are listing here is of all aluminum construction with beautiful gilt plating. The pommel does not appear to be an Eickhorn and quite honestly I looked through many pommel types and I can't identify the maker of the pommel. It is extremely beautifully designed and it is also possible it may be some type of prototype.
The wings and vaulted wreath with swastika have a close look to the pommels used to replace the ball tops in 1938 but again not the exact look.
This pommel is 100 percent original and perhaps the next owner of this piece will be able to identify its producer. In the meantime it is a very beautiful thing and would make a nice addition to an advanced naval collection.
NVL12 #44556C 1872 Naval Applicanten Bayonet - Carl Eickhorn
This Model 1872 applicants piece is in nice overall condition. Apparently it was made during the war as the base metal of both the hilt and scabbard mounts is steel. All of the gilding is still on all of the parts with only a little ear through showing on the reverse crossguard area. The hilt of these applicants bayonets is a one piece unit having a built in grip having finger hold going up to a pommel which is smooth and round and curves to the left. The tang is retained by a round shaped ball on the top.
The crossguard center area feature a raised imperial crown which is nicely detailed. The crossguards themselves are bowling pin shaped items which go outward increasing in size and having rounded ends. Below the crossguard is a folding hinged clamshell which depicts a raised fouled anchor. The scabbard shell is of black leather having design edges running the length of both sides and it is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are a matching gild finish the upper one being plain with the exception of a carrying lug and the lower one having twin decorative horizontal lines on the obverse only. Both mounts have scalloped ends and are retained by staples.
The blade measures just about 13 inches. It is a triple etched type having nautical scenes which on the obverse convey a sailing ship at the start with a centered crown over anchor finishing with crossed cannon drums and standartes. The reverse etch is similar but slightly different angles. The blade still remains bright having only a couple of very mild age spots. This blade still grades in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the imperial vintage back to back squirrels having the Carl Eickhorn firm's initial beneath the animals "CE". This is a very nice condition basic applicanten bayonet and is quite rarely seen today.
It would make a nice addition to any naval collection especially if you are also interested in the imperial era pieces.
NVL12 #44137C Deluxe 2nd Model Naval Dagger - WKC
This is a very beautiful 2nd Model Naval dagger, with some outstanding, extra cost elements in its design. Apparently the dagger begin life with the old-style round pommel which was upgraded in 1938 to the eagle and swastika variant.
This pommel is a real beauty, having fine gilding and a really dramatic look about the wings and talons of the bird. This pommel is identical to the 1938 upgrade example I show on page 230 of my Navy Book. This pommel shows little wear and it has a great look.
The crossguard is a early WKC version. Instead of a notched release button this example has one that was drilled into the center. The guard itself has very nice gilding that matches the pommel. It features fouled anchor center blocks, fine acanthus leaves on the quillon arms, and button ends with crisp nipples.
The grip is the deluxe, extra-cost type which remains in beautiful condition. It has the desirable age ages we like to see, and a slightly lighter color on the obverse than the reverse which has a fine golden tone. This expensive grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
Accenting the piece is a very fine, original gold bullion portepee, in the proper Naval tie. it shows no wear or use. The stem and slide are woven and the golden lower ball has a insert of lined material. A very beautiful know here, and the first of its type I have ever seen.
The scabbard is a fantastic thing. It is completely straight and has been luxuriously hand chased. The designs are absolutely gorgeous. There is an upper panel of what appear to be olive leaves and another with a floral pattern and a curlicue. A wave-like design, along with more leaves, appears at the bottom. Between these designs the surface has been hand accented. The bands have been mad to match these designs, with raised dots and curlicues. The eyelets too are hand engraved, as are the carrying rings. This workmanship must be seen to be believed, and is further enhanced by much of the the original gilding. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws set a bit further down than is typical for a WKC scabbard. I suspect this type of scabbard may have been made by a specialist firm specifically for custom orders; I've seen Eickhorn daggers with equally ornate scabbards.
The early WKC blade has the Sailing Ship etch and remains in pristine condition, with 100% of the frosting intact; this etch really jumps off the blade. The obverse features floral patterns, a fouled anchor, and a fully rigged sailing ship on a bed of sea plants. The reverse is nearly identical, omitting the fouled anchor. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original blade washer is in place.
A tremendous 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, certain to be a highlight of any collection.
Near Mint. $5,895.00
NVL12 #44139C Model 1919 Naval Dirk with Single Hanger
The Model 1919 Naval Dirk is a relatively rare edged weapon. It is often referred to as a "Mourning" dagger because it was produced with a sombre black grip and scabbard, presumably to reflect the dark times after Germany's defeat in the First World War. The Kreigsmarine decided to abandon the Crown pommel used during the Kaiser's reign, returning to the 1848 variant which is where the round pommel began its like.
This 1919 pommel is decorated with reeds and cattails set atop a cresting wave. On this particular piece the pommel is made of brass and has been peened to the tang so that the tang cannot be taken apart.
The crossguard is matching brass and is the thinner style we see on earlier pieces. It features a fouled anchor in the obverse center block, the reverse block having foliage and a circle in the center that looks like it could have been used for a push-button release. This dagger does not have a push-button, although the lack of one is common in daggers of this vintage. This was a cost cutting measure as Germany was dead broke after the war and further bled dry by the Treaty of Versailles. The guard arms have good acanthus leaves, button ends, and crisp nipple tips. This crossguard design replaced the capstan type used during the Kaiserzeit.
The grip looks to be mad of black horn, or possibly back celluloid of a carved wooden base. Since the dagger does not come apart it is hard to tell. It is also interesting in that the grip only has five ribs, less than we normally see. It is tightly wrapped with a very small gage twisted wire.
The scabbard is made of steel and has been painted black. The scabbard tapers slightly along the length and ends in a ball chape. It remains straight and the original paint is quite bright and not in bad shape at all. It is equipped with a single figure eight carrying band which is decorated with rope-like designs that extend to the eyelet and the carrying ring. The throat is retained by a pair of steel dome head side screws.
The blade of this dirk is 8 1/4 inches long, cut down from an older vintage blade. It is etched and remains fairly clear, with a fouled anchor and sailing ship and one side and only the ship on the other. Looking at the blade it is easy to see were a workman had trimmed down the edges and the ricasso so it would fit the bayonet-like scabbard. These conversion methods were often used during this period as money was very thin on the ground, and it is not uncommon to see reworked blades dating from this time. The blade also has a blade release mechanism which acts to keep the dagger tightly in place but does not actually lock it.
Along with the dagger is a nice, Naval style blue web belt. This belt has only a single hanging strap, being of black leather and having a lion mask buckle. This buckle is silvered rather than gilded but apparently this is the way this dagger was worn. There is also a steel regain chain connected to the belt which would have been another money saving feature; normally they were made of more expensive brass.
This is a very rare dagger. If you understand the history of this piece the difference in quality from later pieces makes perfect sense. The 1919 Model is often missing from most Naval collections. If you are intrigued by these most interesting daggers you can read all about them on pages 181 and 182 of my Navy Book.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00
NVL12 #44140C Model 1844 "Amazon" Naval Dirk
The Amazon Naval Dirk was one of the first examples carried by sailors who were training aboard German naval ship. Germany did not have a navy at that time for the simple reason that Germany as country did not exist. They did however build a sailing ship known as the Amazon to use as a training ship to develop future sailors for a navy. The trainee sailors aboard the Amazon were very young men referred to as pupils. They were issued a dagger that we call the Amazon pattern today and there will be differences in those that still exist.
This particular example is only 12 inches long. The pommel is round type which was to simulate cattails and reed and is positioned over cresting waves. The tang is peened through the top of the round pommel.
The crossguard below does incorporate the capstan type that was used later on. This guard has center panels which feature fouled anchors and the crossguard arms are shaped with four sides. The quillons are in the shape of capstans. There is a ferule above which is decorated with two sets of twin lines. The grip is a wood base which is covered with twisted wire. There are a couple of small spots in the grip where there are a couple of lumps but other than this the grip is in nice condition.
The scabbard is a brass example done rather simply having hardly any taper towards the tip. It has been decorated with accent lines obviously done by hand and they appear just on one side. The eyelets are very small brass units with brass carrying rings. The blade is a rather crude type extending 8 inches. It is rounded on the surfaces and is double edged although the edges are not at all sharp. It is also blunted at the tip. The reason for this was that the Germans were afraid of very young boys having sharp tip dirks as problems could occur so the blunt tip served to keep these measures in check. This identical dagger appears in a naval book written by Hermann Hempe and the late Victor Diehl called Deutche Marine Dolche. The books shows this identical Amazon dagger in color on pages 38 through 42. It is also suggested that you refer to my naval book on pages 1 through4 where I show a couple of different of different Amazons and in particular there is an example on page 4 which also has the same blunted tip as this dirk and otherwise is also very similar. The Amazon dirks are extremely rare and are a key piece for those of you out there that wish to assemble a naval dirk collection. The first official naval dirk did not come out until 1848 with the Prussian navy so these Amazon daggers precede that date this the reason there are some differences between them.
A great opportunity here for the person who appreciates true naval history.
NVL12 #43854 2nd Model Naval Dagger - E. & F. Hörster
The pommel eagle is excellent, with fine detailing and a nicely vaulted wreath and swastika. The crossguard is also nice, with the standard fouled anchors on each side of the center block, good acanthus leaves, button ends, and crisp nipples.
The grip is one of the later, molded types. It has a very small crack on the reverse, visible on the second rib from the bottom. There are also traces of the mold lines on both edges. This grip is tightly wrapped with thin gage brass wire.
The scabbard is a lightning bolt type. Even though the gilding is totally gone it remains straight. The palmettes, lightning bolts, and ermine feet remain crisp, and the bands have a fine patter of overlapping oak leaves. The eyelets are the usual serrated type. The throat is retained by a pair of brass screws.
The blade is double etched in the Sailing Ship pattern. Although this blade remains bright there is some pitting on the center ridge on both sides. The etch itself remain quite nice all things considered, with all of the original frosting in the backgrounds. The obverse depicts an anchor and a sailing ship on a bed of sea plants. The reverse has an even larger sailing ship but omits the anchor. This example is stamped with the familiar Hörster H trademark, and the original brown felt blade buffer is in place, showing wear to the edges.
A good 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, with some period wear and tear. It is priced accordingly.
NVL12 #43544 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This fine collectible Naval dirk is a classic Eickhorn. The pommel and the cross guard are made of finest brass still having the original gild in the recesses. The pommel has excellent detail throughout the eagle with its raised-out wreath with swastika. The cross guard features the usual fouled anchor design in the center blocks with good acanthus leaves that flow outward on the quillon arms. The button ends have good detail with nipples at the at the center ending. The off-white grip is a carved wood base with perfect celluloid covering. The hilt mounts are identical to the ones I show in my Naval Book on Pages 263 and 266.
The straight scabbard shows a little mild carrying time, still having gild around the bands and the throat area. The designs are all nicely stamped to include the palmettes, lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves below. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves showing little wear. The eyelets are the triple-serrated type, still being crisp. The throat is retained by two dome head brass screws. The scabbard is identical to the one I show in my Naval book on Page 266.
The fouled anchor etched blade is completely bright throughout. The background frosting nicely highlights the raised work. The obverse blade is full mint. The reverse is mint except for a couple of minor age marks at the tip area. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 squirrel trademark. The original tan felt blade washer is in place.
A nice dagger here showing mild usage, but speaks of the time.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
NVL12 #39690C Imperial Heavy Naval Dirk
This immense and most beautiful Heavy Naval Dirk is extremely desirable and missing from most Naval collections, as Heavy Dirks are very rarely seen. In their day they were much more expensive than a standard Naval dirk, and, times being what they were, they were often passed over by frugal mariners for a more reasonably priced example. If you are not familiar with these dirks I show a number of them in my Imperial book on pages 68 through 84.
This outstanding piece measures nearly 17 inches long and all of the mounts are of large (almost oversized) proportions. The hilt is equipped with a large and beautiful pommel that has extended finials. These four finials act to support a royal orb and cross at the top. The upper portion of the pommel is finished with diamond shaped engravings. Running around the pommel are eight panels which alternate between depictions of crosses and Prussian eagles. The panels with the crosses are slightly larger than the eagle panels. The detailing throughout this pommel is superb.
The crossguard is also quite oversized. It features large center blocks that have highly detailed fouled anchor designs. The area around the anchors has been finely pebbled. These guards are four-sided and liberally embellished with fine floral patterns. The quillon ends are in the shape of capstans.
Attached below the guard is a hinged flap which acts to lock the dirk into the scabbard. The scabbard is equipped with a male prong which exactly fits the hole that is drilled into the flap.
The grip of this dirk is an extremely impressive, deluxe example. It has nine ribs, all of which are in perfect condition with no chips or splits. These ribs are tightly wrapped which a skein of three silver wires, the center strand being twisted.
The very long scabbard is not as elaborate as some of the others I’ve seen in the past, but it is still quite impressive. Instead of palmettes it has long floral patterns which I have never seen before; these flowers almost look like morning glories. There are also little accent dots in the brass, almost imparting a look of motion to these fine floral designs. At the lower portion of the scabbard are a series of lighting bolts, floral designs, and a set of ermine feet. The lower chape ends in an elaborate stepped design. The scabbard shows some traces of wear but has no dents or dings and it remains in very good condition. The bands are the guilloche style that simulate naval hawsers tied around pilings, while the eyelets have smooth edges and a serrated center. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.
The large large blade of this dirk is just shy of 12 inches long. It is interesting to note that this blade is a fine, artificial Damascus example in the Large Roses pattern. The blade remains in mint condition, having the usual dual fullers traditionally seen on Naval blades. Presumably the original owner of this dirk opted for the less expensive artificial Damascus blade as a cost cutting measure after spending a princely sum on the heavy style dirk! The blade is buffered by a wide leather washer which is original to the piece.
If you are a serious Naval collector this piece is represents an opportunity to acquire an ultra-rare, original example at a reasonable price. It is a very beautiful dagger that is sure to bring a smile to your face with its immense size and historical importance.
Excellent Plus. $10,000.00
NVL12 #43173C Imperial Naval Paymaster's Bayonet
This rarely encountered edged weapon is extremely beautiful and in very, very fine condition. The workmanship represent the best available at the turn of the last century. The gilding on the hilt remains about 95%, which is very good for such an old dagger.
The hilt of the bayonet is gilded brass. The left side is has grooves to afford a good grip. There is a built-in pommel and backstrap. The backstrap is decorated with sprigs of oak leaves and acorns, with obvious hand enhancement throughout. Atop the pommel is a beautiful high-raised Imperial crown, complete with chiseled finials and an orb. The detailing throughout the pommel is extraordinary, with exceptional alternating panels featuring Prussian eagles and crosses. There is a lot to study here!
The crossguard is the Imperial "capstan" type. Sometimes on these Paymaster pieces we see guards that look more like bowling pins; given the differences we can assume the type of guard may have been an option left to the purchaser. The guard has wonderful raised fouled anchors in the center block. The block has a raised border and pebbled backgrounds. The guard arms are four-sided and end in stylized capstans.
Below the crossguard is a hinged, folding clamshell. This clamshell is just slightly elliptical, featuring a beautifully detailed fouled anchor with hand-enhanced ropes and set on a pebbled background. The reverse is fitted with a hinged flap blade lock. A "12" is stamped on the inner area of the lock and the clamshell.
It is interesting to note that this bayonet is personalized with the name of the original owner, "W. Burmeister", neatly and professionally scribed. I tried to look him up in the Imperial rank list, but there were no Burmeister's with a "W" initial listed as a Paymaster.
The scabbard shell is constructed from black leather. This leather remains in very fine condition, showing little age, and is decorated with twin edge lines. It is sewn up the rear. The mounts are also a work of art. Both mounts are scalloped where they meet the leather and very finely peened; this is the smallest, closest peen I have ever seen. On the obverse and reverse are finely rendered oak leaves, and the chape is festooned with detailed, enhanced acorns. The chape ends in a ball that also has designs around it. The upper mount is fitted with a carrying lug. The gilding on these mounts matches the hilt perfectly.
The blade of this bayonet measures nearly 11 inches long. It is amazing how bright it is, given the age. The nickel plating is outstanding, with only a few minor rust spots on the spine that aren't very noticeable. The blade features a shaded panel on both sides, each with a crown over a fouled anchor. At the ricasso is a fully rigged sailing ship, complete with ensigns, and the top has a military motif with cannons and the like. The spine is decorated with laurel leaves. The etching throughout is extremely nice. The original red felt blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for a very rare Imperial piece, this is for you; the condition is outstanding and it can even be researched! A first-rate and very scarce piece here.
Excellent Plus. $3,395.00
NVL12 #43175 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Plain Blade - Carl Eickhorn
The pommel is nicely formed, with good checkering to the eagle's breast and a crisp wreathed swastika. The crossguard features the standard fouled anchor center blocks, acanthus leaves on the guard arms, and button ends with nipple tips.
The grip is carved wood covered in celluloid. The celluloid on this example remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard shows age and carrying wear. There is no denting but there are plenty of signs this dagger has been around. It features the standard lightning bolt pattern engraving, along with the usual palmettes around the bands, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves at the bottom. The bands have overlapping oak leaves and remain sound. The tripe serrated eyelets show some mild wear. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass side screws.
The blade is a plain type with twin fullers on each side. It remains bright and has a fine, needle-like tip; it is nearly mint. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the "Over the Shoulder" Squirrel trademark used by Eickhorn after 1941, and the original red felt blade buffer is in place.
A good late war 2nd Model Naval Dagger here at a reasonable price.
NVL12 #42264C Imperial / Weimar Short Naval Dirk with Damascus Blade
The ball top pommel has outstanding detail to the engraved reeds and cattails. These are positioned over cresting waves, which form a collar at the bottom of the pommel. Most of the original gilded finish remains.
The crossguard also has most of the original gilding. It is an Imperial "capstan" type, with raised fouled anchor center blocks and randomly pebbled backgrounds. The guard arms are four sided, ending in stylized capstans.
The grip of the dirk is a constructed of carved wood with a celluloid coating. It has toned to a very pleasing off-white color. There is a very small hairline crack running through two or three of the obverse ribs, but it is barely noticeable. The rest of the grip is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is quite interesting as it only measures 6 ½ inches long. It does not appear to have been cut down, but looks to have been made this way. It is decorated with palmettes on either side of the bands. There is a short area that is plain, changing to lightning bolts and vague ermine feet towards the bottom. The band is has very straight edges on the overlapping oak leaves. The serrated eyelet retains a gilded carrying ring. I believe that this dirk was made more as a desk example than one to be worn as it does not balance proper when held by the ring.
The blade is a gorgeous thing, being fine Damascus in the Small Roses pattern. There is no doubt that this blade was long when it was forged, having been cut down to accommodate the short scabbard. The Small Roses pattern is very pronounced and as good as you will ever see. The blade has double fullers which run to the tip, a clue that it was once longer. This blade is unmarked and I did not remove the grip to check for stampings, but I suspect it was made by one of the Imperial masters. I did not want to risk a further crack in the grip by taking it apart. The blade remains in mint condition, with a needle-like tip. The original red felt buffer is in place, with a little edge wear but still sound.
A very beautiful little dirk here, and a perfect additional to an advanced Naval collection... or perhaps a very expensive letter opener!
Excellent Plus. $3,795.00
NVL12 #42553C 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Yellow Grip and Hammered Scabbard - WKC
The hilt mounts are textbook WKC examples. Perhaps about 50% of the original gilding remains on the protected areas. The eagle is beauty, with lots of good detailing and little wear.
The guard has the standard anchor center blocks and fine acanthus leaves on all four sides of the quillons. The ends are grooved, with crisp nipple tips.
The grip is quite beautiful, being the color of an egg yolk; this shade is very rare to see! The solid celluloid remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
Decorating the hilt is the original (and unusual) Naval portepee. It is bicolored in brown and silver, and tied in what looks to be an attempt at a reef knot. I have chosen to leave it alone as it appears to have been in this tie for many, many years. There is no fraying whatsoever on this fine knot. The slide and stem have the usual "V" weave of bullion. The lower ball has toned to a brownish color and has a textured stuffing. A really neat knot here!
The scabbard is quite beautiful, being the hammered type produced by WKC with very fine peening. About 95% of the original gilding remains. The bands are high off the surface, with fine overlapping oak leaves. The eyelets are typical WKC, with engraved oak leaves.
The double etched blade is as nice as you will see. It remains in mint condition, with higher quality nickel plating and a needle-like tip. The Fouled Anchor etch is nicely accented by the 100% intact gray backgrounds. Th obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original red felt blade buffer is in place, with just a little missing from the upper edge.
A wonderful WKC 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, waiting to grace the next appreciative owner's collection.
Mint Minus. $2,495.00
NVL12 #42316 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The pommel eagle remains crisp throughout. The guard is also in nice condition, with fine fouled anchor center blocks, acanthus leaves, and crisp nipple tips.
The grip is a standard, carved wood type covered in celluloid. The obverse is perfect while the reverse has just the slightest hairline crack on the bottom rib. This would be easily be completely covered by a portepee. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard shows some minor wear but remains straight. It is an engraved example, with good detailing to the palmettes around the carrying bands. The lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves remain in good condition. The bands show only minor wear to the overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The triple serrated eyelets has good carrying rings.
The double etched blade remains in good condition, being just the slightest bit gray. There are no pits or problems and the detailing remains good throughout the nautical etch. The tip is needle-like. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown felt blade washer is in good condition, with a tiny nip on the edge.
A good, basic 2nd Model Naval Dagger here, with honest period wear but still collectible.
NVL12 #41486C Model 1929 Naval Dagger
The brass ball pommel has fine detailing to the reeds and cattails. The matching crossguard remains new-like, with fouled anchor center blocks and acanthus leaves on the quillon arms. The quillon ends have crisp nipple tips and scribed lines.
The grip of this dagger is solid yellow celluloid, which is unusual to see. The color is quite pretty; normally we see white grips so this one is a quite a pleasure to see this shade of butterscotch. The grip has a fine sheen and remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with a pair of twisted wires. We sometime see this from the Lüneschloss firm, so perhaps they produced the dagger.
The hammered scabbard is as straight as an arrow. The hammering is extremely well done, extending down to the ball chape. The scabbard is fitted with figure 8 knots which appear on the front of the bands, while the reverse bands and eyelets have a rope-like design. The hanging rungs are plain, and the throat is retained by a pair of brass dome head screws.
The blade is plain as we often see on this type of dagger. It has double fullers, outstanding, high quality nickel plating, and a needle-like tip. The original green felt buffer is in place.
A beautiful Naval dagger here, and a great piece to if you need a 1st Model for your collection.
Near Mint. $2,595.00
NVL12 #39819 GI Market 1946 "Naval Dirk"
This "Naval Dirk" is a great find, being made postwar for sale to our GI's as a souvenir. More than once have I been offered them by GI's who swore they were war vintage... but now we know the truth, as you will see.
This dagger is constructed of what appears to be pot metal, although it might be brass; it's hard to say. The pommel has a standard eagle and swastika design and looks to be a changeover example from 1938, most likely used up by the factories at the end of the war. It has nice detailing and is deeply toned.
The crossguard is interesting example as it has no blade release button slot. The detailing throughout the center blocks, acanthus leaves, and nipple tips is terrific as it was never actually used.
The grip is wood covered with off-white celluloid, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is straight throughout, with a great finish and most of the original lacquer. It is constructed of gilded steel, in the lightning bolt motif. The fact that there are no eyelets and the carrying rings are welded directly to the bands betray this piece as a post-war creation. The bands are high off the surface and the throat is retained a screw in the reverse center. It is interesting to see the original side holes are present, although they are empty. Apparently they were part of the manufacturing process and simply left in place.
The blade is a fine, mint example, with a double fuller and no etching. The tip remains needle-like. It is nicely produced, although the blade lock slot was left in place despite there being no blade lock! The original leather blade buffer in place.
What makes this dagger remarkable and interesting to the Naval collector is the fact that this piece comes with the original certificate issued to the GI, one Corporal Anthony J Kessler, Jr, dated 22 May 1946. This certificate clearly states Kessler was in possession of the dagger and that it was in fact purchased in a Germany factory specifically making souvenirs for the Allies! This certificate is signed by an Air Corp captain has has an official rubber-stamped seal.
So now we know the true history of these mysterious, oft-questioned daggers beyond a shadow of a doubt. A great item here, perfect for the die-hard Naval collector.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
NVL12 #41316 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The pommel has fine detailing, with good breast feathering on the eagle and a finely gilded swastika that shines out from within the wreath.
The crossguard has the standard fouled anchor center blocks, acanthus leaves, and lined quillon arms with crisp nipple tips.
The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in perfect off-white celluloid. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire with a little bit of age reside trapped between the ribs, something I always enjoy seeing.
Wrapped about the hilt is what appears to the the original aluminum bullion portepee. This knot is in the proper Double Reef tie, and shows no fraying whatsoever. The lower ball is stuffed with a textured material, and the slide and stem have a fine "V" weave.
The scabbard is as straight as an arrow and retains nearly all of the gilding; the obverse is nearly 100%, while the reverse has some missing between the two bands where it no doubt rubbed against a tunic. This kind of thing really talks to you! The bands are nicely formed, with good oak leaves and acorns and the serrated eyelets remain crisp. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass screws.
The double etched blade is a good as you will see. It has fine nickel plating, a needle-like tip, and a beautiful fouled anchor etch. The background frosting remains 100% intact. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the "Over the Shoulder" Eickhorn Squirrel trademark used after 1941, and the original brown felt blade washer is in place.
A very fine Naval piece here, with some period wear, but not much. It is a great collectible example.
Near Mint. $1,495.00
NVL12 #40360 2nd Model Naval Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The pommel retains some of the original gilding, especially in the recessed areas. The eagle has a good checkered breast and the swastika is nicely vaulted out of the wreath.
The crossguard is a textbook Eickhorn example, with fine fouled anchor center blocks, detailed acanthus leaves, and fine button ends. The nipple tips are nice and crisp.
The grip is constructed of wood covered in fine, off-white celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is a completely straight lightning bolt type. It retains much of the original gilding; I'd say at least 90% of it remains intact. The engraved palmettes, lightning bolts, ermine feet, and acanthus leaves are deeply engraved. The bands are decorated with a pattern of overlapping oak leaves mixed with acorns. The eyelets are serrated and remain very crisp. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head brass side screws.
The blade is a very fine fouled anchor example, with excellent nickel plating. It would be in fully mint condition were it not for some very mild smudging on both sides of the ricasso. It is otherwise bright, however, with full frosting on the raised etch and a needle-like tip. The blade is stamped with the "Over the Shoulder" variant of the Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown felt blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for a very fine Naval Dagger that won't break the bank, this example is a real bargain.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00
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.
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
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.
NVL12 #38191C 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
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.
NVL12 #37481 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
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.
NVL12 #37084 ¾ Size Wiemar Naval Dirk with Orange Grip – WKC
This elegant dirk measures, overall, 10¾ inches long. It is almost identical to the color picture I show in my Navy Book on page 171, with the exception of this example has a plain blade while the book piece is etched. We've always wondered if these pieces were made as desk pieces or were actually worn during formal occasions when a larger dirk would have been too cumbersome or obtrusive. They do balance perfectly when held by the upper ring, which is a good sign that they definitely could have been worn.
At any rate, this piece has nearly all of the original gilding throughout the brass surfaces. The round style ball pommel has all of the detailing to the reeds and and cattails, as well as the waves that run around the bottom collar.
The crossguard is the typical Imperial type. WKC never changed the guards or the scabbards on these pieces, as even the Third Reich examples will have Imperial guards. The guard features a fouled anchor design in a center panel on both sides. The detailing is extremely good, having a fine pebbled background. The four-sided arms stretch outward ending in quillons that are shaped to resemble a ships capstan; very elegant indeed!
The grip is the best you will see. It is a deep pumpkin orange color and is in perfect condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
Accenting this dirk is a very interesting portepee, which is very short as it was made specifically for this smaller proportioned piece. The portepee is of silver bullion which has long since turned gold in color. It is so short that it allows for only loop around the bottom of the grip. There is no fraying or any problems with this portepee. The cord has flecks of black and red shot through the thread. The slide and stem and of silver bullion weave, and the small lower ball is of yarn-like silver bullion thread. The insert is in the cat's anus configuration, having red, white and black colors in the yarn. A really great portepee here, the first of which I have seen.
The scabbard has the standard lightning bolt motif commonly used on these Naval pieces. It has palmettes deeply stamped over and under the carrying bands, and, at the bottom, are upward arcing lightning bolts above a pattern of ermine feet and pointy acanthus leaves. The carrying bands are an attractive variety which feature a pattern of oak leaves and acorns in the center area, leaving the edges and border with a plain pattern which has been enhanced with lines. The throat has no visible retainage; I am not not if they were built into the scabbard or not.
The beautiful blade measures 6 inches in length. It is in stone mint condition with a 100% intact high quality nickel finish. The blade is the plain type with double fuller construction.
The reverse ricasso (or possibly obverse with WKC) feautures a knight head logo with no initials beneath it, putting it into the 1920's era. The mint blade is protected by an in-place red felt buffer.
If you are looking for a jewelry-like enhancement to show off with your Naval Daggers it would be hard to resist this beautiful piece.
Near Mint. $4,295.00
NVL12 #36272 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
We don’t see many Paul Weyersberg Naval Daggers so it is a pleasure to get one in once in awhile. This examlpe is identical to the example I show on page 292 and 293 in my Navy Book. There is not much gilding left on the mounts of this dagger, only small amounts in the recesses. The pommel is the same as I show on page 293. It has good detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wings, talons, wreath and swastika. The pommel features the larger center block area that we usually see with this producer. Again, look at page 292 and 293, and you will see this larger center block. Both sides of the crossguards are decorated with raised acanthus leaves and the end buttons have deep accent engravings with nipples that stick out fairly far. The grip is a carved wood base having a covering of celluloid. The celluloid has turned an ivory-like color and is in perfect condition. This grip is wrapped with a thin twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is a lightning bolt variety. It is straight throughout. This scabbard is very deeply stamped featuring palmettes on either side of the carrying bands, and at the lower part are the lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves. The scabbard is identical to the example that I show on page 292. The bands are fairly high off the surface and they feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The eyelets have triple serrated surfaces showing only modest wear. The throat is retained by two flatter head screws, one in each side. This scabbard has the same patina as the hilt mounts having not a lot of gilding remaining but the dull brass looks quite nice also.
The blade is a triple etched variety. It is nice and bright throughout having quality nickel-plated finish still with needlelike tip. The etch pattern is the fouled anchor variety and it has all of the frosted backgrounds. This blade appears to be in near full mint condition. The fouled anchor etch is nicely raised and is presented well with the darker frosted backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals used by this firm. The firm’s name is contained within the ovals as well as the location, “Paul Weyersberg and Co. Solingen”. In the center are is a downward pointing sword positioned between two wheat shafts. The blade buffer is a dark brown leather. A good solid example here showing signs of its carrying time but no abuse. If you are collecting naval types this is a good textbook piece to add to your assemblage.
NVL12 #35756 2nd Model Naval Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
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 #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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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