Original WWII German 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Hammered Scabbard by WKC with Portepee and Hangers

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is part of a large German edged weapon collection we purchased from a retiring collector. It is a fine Solingen-Produced totally original WWII German 2nd Model Naval Dagger by Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Co. (WKC), complete with the original gold-plated hammered brass scabbard. Additionally, it also has an original portepee tied in the correct Naval style, and fine velvet-backed hangers. This is certainly the best 2nd Model Navy Dagger offering that we have ever had.

This example was almost certainly purchased by a high ranking officer early in the wartime period, as the pommel is a 1938 changeover type. It has very deeply inset wings and an impressive vault wreath. The details to this bird are also choice, with a striking eye, beak and breast. The crossguard is the standard WKC type, and has the portepee wrapped around it. The grip is in excellent condition with a bit of age, and a few small surface cracks and staining, but still has a great ivory color. The brass wire is in excellent tight condition. Overall the grip shows some wear on the plating, so this was a dagger that was worn in service.

The portepee itself is in good condition, though it does show wear and a bit of fraying. It definitely has been tied on for some time, as indicated by the oxidation and wear pattern, and is most likely the original purchased with the dagger. Scabbard locking button is fully functional, and also in great shape.

The blade is an excellent example, with a high quality nickel-plated finish and an excellent fouled anchor etch. The etching on both sides is beautiful, retaining 90+% of the frosted backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the "Knight's Head" trademark over WKC , and the original felt blade buffer is in place. The tip of the blade is perfect.

The hammered-brass scabbard is in very good used condition, with a lovely patina of age. There is fading to the gold plating, which is the type that evaporates over time, though in the hammer marks it is still present. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns, and are quite a bit more ornate than usually seen. The rings are still intact, and in good shape, and retained by decorated loops on the bands. The throat is retained by two dome head screws. 

The attached hangers are very nice, with brass clips and Lion's Head buckles. The velvet backed fabric of the hangers is in excellent condition, with no fading of the color, and only minor wear. The fittings do show some oxidation and plating loss, typical of naval service.

Overall an excellent example of a hard to find dagger, with a nice high-end scabbard. A worthy addition to any knife collection. Ready to display!

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