Original WWII German Service Worn 2nd Model Naval Dagger with Lightning Bolt Scabbard by Paul Weyersberg
Original Item: Only One Available. We just purchased this nice service worn condition dagger from a private collector. It is a Solingen-Produced totally original WWII German 2nd Model Naval Dagger by the well-known firm Paul Weyersberg, complete with the original "lightning bolt" style brass scabbard. This example looks to have seen long service, as well some post ware attempts to repair the grip, which has had the celluloid deteriorate. It has the standard double fullered blade, which is not plated, but does have the standard Kriegsmarine etched decoration.
This example was almost certainly purchased by a naval officer during the Pre WWII or Early War period, as indicated by the early period maker logo. It has very deeply inset wings and an impressive vaulted wreath. The details to this bird are also choice, with a striking eye, beak and breast.
The crossguard is the standard brass type, and retains all of the details well. The celluloid covered wood grip is unfortunately in poor condition, and looks to have cracked at some point in the past. To cover this, the handle was painted with ivory colored paint. Since then, a lot of the celluloid has cracked further and fallen out, exposing the wooden base of the grip. In spite of this, the twisted brass wire wrapping around the grip is still fully present, and is probably the reason why the celluloid hasn't completely fallen off. Scabbard locking button is unfortunately missing, however the lock still functions as the stem can still be pressed in.
The blade is in good condition, but does show wear and staining from past oxidation. It now has an overall grayish patina, and there is some past pitting towards the point of the blade, particularly near the very tip. As is correct, the blade has never been sharpened, and still retains the factory blunt edge.
This great example was made by Paul Weyersberg of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in western Germany. The reverse ricasso is etched with PAUL WEYERSBERG & Co. / SOLINGEN in double ovals around the firms trademark "Sword-and-Wreath" logo, which was the only marking they used during the Third Reich era. This company was one of many in Solingen owned by members of the Weyersberg family. The company survived the war, but ceased production in 1955. For more information please see GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS by J. Anthony Carter.
The "lightning bolt" scabbard is mostly straight, but does have some dents and bends in the brass body. These do not interfere with the blade entering the scabbard. It is stamped with well-defined palmettes around the bands and lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves down to the bottom chappe. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The ring ferrules are the triple serrated type, and the rings are still present. The throat is retained by two "cheese-headed" screws on the narrow sides, which do not appear to have been removed. The finish overall is mostly bright brass, with the gold plating worn away in many areas. It is only still visible very close to the hanger rings
Overall a nice service worn example of a hard to find dagger by a well known Solingen maker! A worthy addition to any knife collection. Ready to display!
Blade Length: 9 3/4"
Overall length: 14 3/4”
Scabbard Length: 11 1/4”
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