WW2 German Navy Officers Kriegsmarine Dagger with Hammered Scabbard and Knot by E. & F. HORSTER
Here on offer is a beautiful early German Kriegsmarine Officer’s Dagger by E. & F. Horster, with the sailing ship and fouled anchor pattern etched blade, much sort after hammered scabbard and original knot/portepee.
I believe this is an early version of a Kriegsmarine dagger, possibly an Imperial issued dagger that has been updated (eagle pommel) to allow the owner to use it during his WW2 service.
The excellent condition grip is ivory in colour and the celluloid over wood version, which still has its original twisted bras grip wire.
The finely detailed brass crossguard and eagle pommel are in excellent condition and still retain some of the gilt finish.
The double fullered etched blade is just in mint condition and has the etched sailing ship and fouled anchor pattern, to both sides, which is still crisp and clear.
Both edges are knick free and the point is still very sharp.
On the reverse ricasso, it has impressed the double oval maker’s mark for E. & F. Horster and the words:
E. & F. HORSTER
It still retains its original early green felt scabbard buffer pad.
The blade fits very snuggly into the scabbard and the earlier small release button works perfectly, but the tip of the retaining latch has been removed or broken off over time. What is left of the latch still holds the dagger in the scabbard, but it can now be removed without the need to press the button.
From what I have read, some of the imperial officers who served in WW2, actually preferred this mode of operation, so it may well have been made this way?
The hammered pattern brass scabbard is in excellent/near mint condition and retains most of its original gilt finish.
If I am being picky, there are a couple of darker “stain” patches to the finish.
It still retains its single scabbard screw on the reverse.
It also still has its silver bullion portepee that shows signs of fraying. It is tied correctly and from the wear/fraying, looks to have been fitted on the dagger since it was issued.
The blade measures 9.9” (250cm) and the dagger in the scabbard is 17.2” (43.7cm) long.
It weighs 435g.
This is a beautiful looking dagger that just screams “quality” and makes a great display piece.
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