Germany – Third Reich: Kriegsmarine 2nd Pattern Naval Officer’s Dagger, this with the rare sailing ship etched blade etched onto a frosted background on one side, the other side with the central fouled anchor motif, and bearing makers details for F.W. Höller of Solingen. 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. Complete with its original portepee. A very good example of type.
Condition: the blade has clear etching and the majority of the surround frosting. 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.
For a further description on the blade - the heavily nickeled blade has the nautical scene etches that of the desirable sailing ship motif. The obverse portrays a fully-rigged sailing ship positioned under the center-located fouled anchor. The ship makes its way toward the viewer over a bed of floral sea plants. The reverse eliminates the fouled anchor and places another ensign-flying sailing ship in the central area of the blade.
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