Germany – Third Reich: Kriegsmarine 2nd Pattern Naval Officer’s Dagger, this with the central fouled anchor motif on both sides, with the makers mark of the squirrel and details for ‘Original Eickhorn Solingen’ on the top of the blade near the guard. The guards and pommel are of a well worked early brass form, and the celluloid grip is white, whilst the brass scabbard is patterned with lightning bolts towards the tip. A good example of type.
Condition: the blade has clear etching and the majority of the surround frosting, and small scrape to ivorine on handle. For the housing, the gilded parts have some polishing through to the brass base on the scabbard, guard, grip wire, this being the usual evidence of having been worn, with some dents and creases near to point of the scabbard, overall Good Condition.
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.