A German Naval Officer's Dagger by Carl Eickhorn Solingen
A German Naval Officer's Dagger by Carl Eickhorn Solingen - Measuring 418 mm, with the scabbard on, this dagger features a 250 mm nickel-plated steel blade, with unsharpened edges, remaining bright and crisp, with a sharp tip. The blade's reverse ricasso is maker marked Carl Eickhorn, Solingen with the company's later designed stylized squirrel insignia, the left side of the insignia obscured due to a factory mis-stamping, while the blade itself exhibits a beautifully engraved ornate naval design on both sides. There are faint scratches overall, common to extraction and return to the scabbard, with overall surface wear, exhibiting a natural shine, better than very fine. The brown felt blade washer has been lost to time. The fittings are brass, bearing an anchor on both sides of the crossguard, with a blade release button. The ivory coloured celluloid grip is smooth, lightly contacted, with short hairline cracks radiating from the crossguard at one end and from the pommel at the other, complemented by seven rows of tightly wrapped twisted brass wire. The pommel exhibits a nice-detailed Naval eagle standing upon a wreathed swastika, with light surface wear and oxidation evident. The ornately-designed scabbard exhibits contact overall, with one central dent on the body, scratches and contact marks overall, denting and contact marks on the finial, the throat held firmly in place by one screw, the other screw having been lost to time, the two bands displaying the traditional oak leaf design with thick dagger hanger rings, measuring 283 mm in length. Dagger exhibits outstanding workmanship, better than very fine.