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Title Kriegsmarine dirk, model 1936
Nationality German
Period c 1936-45

This is an Eickhorn example with an engraved brightwork blade. These were worn by senior petty officers right through to admirals in the sea-going navy, seen as a more convenient sidearm than the traditional sword. It has an early pattern aluminium bullion knot, as opposed to the later rayon variety.

The scabbard is dented towards the base on both sides, but not actually split (on the seam, for instance), and has its original wooden liners. The plastic grip is intact on its wooden core, with no age splits, and has its original brass wiring. The gilt on the hilt is near 90% on the crosspiece and perhaps 50% on the pommel. Only traces of the gilt finish remain on the scabbard, typically around the scabbard bracelets and the throat.

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[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Third Reich : Navy]


The buckle arrived today, thanks for the fast dispatch, a nice addition to my collection

L M, Channel Islands, 09.04.2016

Having received the beautiful medal that has been the subject of many recent phone calls, I am absolutely delighted with it. More importantly, the research you provided into the military backgrounds of all those involved made it all the more poignant. Thank you for your highly professional and friendly help and advice throughout the transaction.

Edward Hudson, UK, 10.02.2011