K002279 OFFICER'S DAGGER WITH PORTEPEE. (Marinedolch mit Portepee)

BACKGROUND: The Kriegsmarine was the last of the three branches of the German Armed Forces to adopt a Nazified dagger on January 28TH 1938. The Kriegsmarine dagger was a modified version of a traditional design that dates back to the creation of the Prussian Navy in 1848. The main modification of the Third Reich era dagger was a change in the Reichsmarine flame shaped pommel to one featuring the national eagle with swastika. Originally designed as a functional item to secure the blade sidearm to the holders wrist the portepee evolved into a purely decorative accessory and was to be worn with all Kriegsmarine Officers daggers.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 25cm long, nickel/silver plated, drop forged steel, stiletto style blade with dual, narrow, central fullers to each side. The blade features an acid etched design with fouled anchors, a multi-mast sailing ship and an ornate foliage pattern. Maker marked to WKC. The blade still has the original washer intact. The dagger has a nicely detailed, fire gilted, brass crossguard and pommel. The crossguard features an embossed fouled anchor to both the obverse and reverse centerpieces and an ornate foliage pattern and rosette tips to the horizontal arms. The reverse centerpiece of the crossguard has an integral spring loaded locking button which is fully intact and still functions. The pommel is a likeness of the Wehrmacht style eagle with down-swept wings clutching a wreathed swastika. The dagger has a orange celluloid grip mounted on a wooden sleeve with twisted, dual strand, brass wire wrap still intact. The dagger comes with a woven silver celleon portepee which is tied in the correct manner. The portepee consists of an interwoven silver celleon cord with an interwoven silver celleon slide and stem and a twisted silver celleon braid crown and ball on a wooden template base. The dagger also comes with its original fire gilted brass construction scabbard with a random hammered design. The scabbard has both of the sweated on, embossed, oak-leaf patterned hanger bands with the scabbard rings and hanger loops all intact. The top throat is secured to the scabbard by two dome headed screws with one situated at either side near the top edge. Nice untouched dagger.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,250.00

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