Original WWII German 2nd Model Naval Dagger by WKC
Original Item: Only One Available. This fine example Original WWII German 2nd Model Naval Dagger by WKC has some very interesting aspects 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.
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 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. The bands have fine overlapping oak leaves and acorns. 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. The scabbard is straight throughout with the exception of just the smallest ding half way down. The rings on this example are plain and the throat is retained by fine brass screws which are located fairly low down.
Also included are the original black felt belt hanging straps in excellent condition complete with brass lion head buckles and brass locking snap hooks all in perfect functional condition. These straps were often lost or discarded by USGIs when they captured these as war trophies.
The blade grades easily at excellent condition. It has a fine needle-like tip and the obverse ricasso is stamped with the knight head 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 WKC dagger which was probably originally produced about 1938. 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.
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