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Kriegsmarine ( German Navy ) Officers Dagger

Kriegsmarine ( German Navy ) Officers Dagger

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Roughly, 9 7/8", (25 cm), long, nickel/silver plated, drop forged steel construction, stiletto style blade with dual, narrow, central, fullers to each side. Both sides of the blade feature an acid etched design with fouled anchors, a trident, serpents and an ornate foliage pattern. The blade is still fairly bright and clean with minor surface scratching and a couple of small areas of chafe wear to the base metal resulting in some small areas of light surface spotting. The obverse ricasso is well marked with the stamped manufacturer’s logo and initials with the logo consisting of the profile of a medieval style helmet positioned above the initials, "WKC", indicating manufacture by Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co. Waffenfabrik of Solingen-Wald. Of Note: Interestingly most manufacturers marked their blades on the reverse ricasso although WKC consistently marked their blades on the obverse ricasso. The thin, blackened, leather blade washer is intact. The dagger has a nicely detailed, fire gilted, brass construction crossguard and pommel which are both intact and show light to moderate age tarnish. The crossguard features an embossed fouled anchor to both the obverse and reverse centerpieces and an ornate foliage pattern and rosette tips to the horizontal arms. The reverse centerpiece of the crossguard has an integral spring loaded locking button which is fully intact and still functions. The pommel is a likeness of the Wehrmacht, (Armed Forces), style eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a canted, wreathed swastika. The age and usage dulled, fire gilted finish to the crossguard and pommel are retained about 90% with spots of wear to the base brass with some minor verdigris spotting. The dagger has a yellowed celluloid grip mounted on a wooden sleeve with twisted, dual strand, brass wire wrap still intact. The celluloid grip is in overall very good condition although the brass wire wrap has tarnished to a very dark shade. The dagger comes with a woven, silver/aluminum, portepee which is tied in the correct manner. The portepee consists of an interwoven, silver/aluminum, cord with an interwoven, silver/aluminum, slide and stem and a twisted, silver/aluminum, braid crown and ball on a formed template base. The portepee shows very heavy age and usage tarnish and some verdigris resulting in a very muted appearance. The portepee cord also has a small chafe spot revealing the underlying white fabric base. The dagger also comes with its original, fire gilted, brass scabbard with a random, hammered, design. The scabbard has both of the sweated on, embossed, oak-leaf patterned, hanger suspension bands with the scabbard rings and hanger loops all intact. The inserted, top throat of the scabbard is secured in place by two, small, dome headed screws, with one situated at either side near the top edge.

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Product Code: KRII31

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