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WW2 German Navy Officers Kriegsmarine Dagger by E. & F. Horster – Possibly Associated with U-858

WW2 German Navy Officers Kriegsmarine Dagger by E. & F. Horster – Possibly Associated with U-858

Here on offer is an original WW2 German Kriegsmarine Officer’s Dagger by E. & F. Horster with the dolphin and fouled anchor pattern etched blade.

The interesting thing about this dagger is the fact the top of the scabbard throat has been stamped with three numbers, which look to be 858. On the first number the stamping of the 8 is light on upper “circle” and on the third number I can only make out the lower circle of what looks like an 8?

As the number is three digits, I am sure it is not a dagger parts number, which I have only ever seen as two digits.

I have seen other three digit Kriegsmarine U-boat numbers stamped on to scabbards, normally on the top outer section, but it is not impossible that this was used as a hidden tracking reference as the owners where officially not supposed to “de-face” there daggers with names etc.

U-858 was a German (Type IXC) U-boat that surrendered to Allied forces on May 14, 1945, at Lewes, Delaware USA. She actually surrendered four days earlier at sea.
USS Pillsbury (DE-133) and USS Pope (DE-134) arrived later that day, took over the boat, and placed a U.S. Navy crew on board, then removed one-half of her crew, including three of her four officers.
U-858 did not sink any allied vessels during WW2 and was scuttled by USS Sirago (SS-485) in November 1947 off New England.

As U-858 was captured intact with all her crew all the Kriegsmarine Officers daggers etc, would have been confiscated as war booty.

So it is possible that this dagger is from a serving Kriegsmarine Officer from that U-boat?

Apart from the number I don’t have any other provenance to prove the link. The number only appeared when I cleaned off the old crease from the top of the scabbard.
Now to the details of the dagger;

The excellent condition grip is ivory in colour and the celluloid over wood version, which still has its original twisted bras grip wire.

There is a fine age related hairline crack running most of the length of the grip on the reverse and if I am being picky a very tiny 1cm hairline on the front which is really hard to see.

The finely detailed brass crossguard and eagle pommel are in excellent/near mint condition and have a bright polished finish.

The double fullered etched blade has the etched dolphin and fouled anchor pattern, which is still crisp and clear with some background darkening remaining.
There is some very light greying and light scratches on both sides that would polish out.
Both edges are knick free and the point is still sharp.

On the reverse ricasso, it has the double oval “thermometer” maker’s mark for E. & F. Horster and the words:

E. & F. HORSTER
SOLINGEN

impressed on the ricasso.

It still retains its original leather scabbard buffer pad.

The blade fits very snuggly into the scabbard and the domed release button works perfectly.

The lightning pattern brass scabbard is in excellent/near mint condition and now has a bright polished finish.
Again being picky, there is only one tiny 4mm long dent to the reverse lower section.
It still retains its two rounded scabbard screws.

The blade measures 9.9” (250cm) and the dagger in the scabbard is 16.6” (42.2cm) long.

It weighs 365g.

This is a beautiful looking dagger that makes a great display piece with its polished finish.

With the possible link to U-858; it could be a really important U-Boat dagger. If only it could speak!

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50544

775.00 GBP


Rare Transitional RAD Hewer Leather Hanger by OTTO SINDEL of Berlin 1936

Rare Transitional RAD Hewer Leather Hanger by OTTO SINDEL of Berlin 1936

Here on offer is a very unusual and rare example of an issued Rad Hewer leather hanger, by OTTO SINDEL of Berlin and dated 1936.

This is a very rare variation and one I have never seen before.

It is possibly a transitional piece, as it shows design elements from both the first and second model hangers.

I think the newer hanger was introduced in 1936 so that would support this piece being a transitional hanger.

The hanger itself is in excellent/near mint condition with just some light loss of plating to the metal clip.

The hanger loop features a thick brown leather strap with a slot that is held in place by a large plated stud.
This in turn is stitched to a large thick brown leather pad that protected the back of the scabbard from rubbing on the uniform.
This is also attached to a wide nickel-plated metal “snap” clip, which is in working order.
The maker’s name and details are professionally stamped into the leather on the back of the strap and read as:

OTTO SINDEL
BERLIN
1936

OTTO SINDEL was a well-respected maker of fine leather items for the NAZI movement and this is and fine quality example of their work.

Below the maker’s details is stamped the official RAD triangle with the words “Ges Gesch”.

It is very hard to find the standard versions of these hangers, but this one is exceptionally rare.

It measures about 8” (20.3cm) long and weighs 90g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50543

425.00 GBP


WW2 German 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by rare maker C. Gustav Spitzer

WW2 German 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by rare maker C. Gustav Spitzer

Here on offer is a fine example of a 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by a rare maker, C. Gustav Spitzer, Solingen.
The dagger has a wonderful airplane grey darkened finish to all the fittings.

The Pommel is in near mint condition, retaining all of the original factory darkening and what looks to be the original clear lacquer finish to both of the Swastikas, which is now an aged black colour. The hand-enhanced oak leaves remain very crisp.

The grip is a beautiful dark pumpkin coloured trolon type and is complete with its twisted single brass wire, which is correct for Gustav Spitzer versions of this dagger grip. There is one tiny kink in the wire on the revers towards the bottom.

The grip is a near mint example but does have a ‘tiny’ chip at the top front edge, where the grip wire finishes. This has probably been caused by over tightening the pommel at some point in its life. You can just make it out in my pictures, but it is hard to see.

The Luftwaffe crossguard features a finely detailed eagle, which flies to the viewer's left and clutches a mobile swastika in his talons. The reverse pebbled pattern has excellent definition and all of the factory blackening is intact. There is a tiny pin sized hole in the pebble casting, near the upper rim that looks to be an original factory fault. The upper quillion arms have the very detailed oak leaves and acorns, in relief.
The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design.

The excellent condition plated blade measures 10” (25.5cm) in length and has an overall slight greying to the finish. There is a slight crease mark near the tip where it has been bent and realigned at some point in time. The edges are nick free and the tip remains very sharp.


On the reverse of the blade the ricasso is etched with the rarely seen C. Gustav Spitzer trademark.
It features a circle surrounded by the firm's name and location, C. Gustav Spitzer, Solingen. Inside is a prancing lion; one paw raised, with a flickering tongue and an upward pointed curved tail.

The original, small-style leather blade buffer is in place, seated inside the crossguard at the base of the blade.


The stipple finished aircraft grey scabbard is dent free and in near mint condition.
The scabbard throat is held in place by its original pair of round-headed screws.

The dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 17” (43.2cm) long and weighs 345g.

This is just a beautiful example of a Luftwaffe dagger by a rare maker that will be hard to upgrade!

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50538

525.00 GBP


New Forest Buckhounds Hunt (N.F.B.H.) Silver Topped Fallow Buck Deers Foot Trophy - Park Hill 13-1-1939

New Forest Buckhounds Hunt (N.F.B.H.) Silver Topped Fallow Buck Deers Foot Trophy - Park Hill 13-1-1939

Here on offer is something you don’t see every day!
It is a vintage sterling silver topped large deer’s foot hunting trophy, relating to the New Forest Buckhounds Hunt (N.F.B.H.) from Park Hill in 1939.

There is still a website listing the history of the New Forest Hounds that can be found at https://www.newforesthounds.co.uk/history.html.

Park Hill is an area now inside the New Forest National Park.

The Fallow Buck deer’s foot is in excellent condition showing no signs of loss to the fur.

It has a large sterling silver toped cap pommel that has been engraved with the place and date of the hunt, being:

N.F.B.H.
PARK HILL
13.1.1939

It is also stamped STERLING SILVER.


It measures 13.5” (34.3cm) long and weighs 185g.


Here is an opportunity to obtain a rare piece of British hunting memorabilia from over 80 years ago.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50535

65.00 GBP


Early WW2 German SA Dagger by Rare Maker Wilh. (Wilhelm) Weltersbach

Early WW2 German SA Dagger by Rare Maker Wilh. (Wilhelm) Weltersbach

Here on offer is a genuine example of an early WW2 German SA Dagger by the rare maker Wilh. (Wilhelm) Weltersbach.

I understand that the maker Wilh. (Wilhelm) Weltersbach rates on the McSARR scale, as 8 out of 10 for rarity.

It dagger is in far from mint condition but has clearly been worn and loved by its owner.

The crossguards and tang nut are the solid nickel-silver type and have crisp edges and deep accent groves. They have overall light scratches to the finish, which I think will polish out.

The reverse of the lower crossguard is stamped with the Gruppe Mark, “No” for Nordsee.

These symbols where used to designate the appropriate regional command, division command, or defence centre.

The dark wooden grip has a small crack to the reverse at the bottom, probably due to over tightening at some point in its life. There appears to be a tiny hairline at the bottom at the front, but is hard to see. There are also the light normal usage dents to the edges.

The SA runes disc is mint and retains all its original enamel. The nickel grip eagle is a fine ‘crisp’ early solid nickel-silver version and it fits into the grip like a glove.

The blade is not the best and certainly not the worst I have seen. It still maintains a great edge and point to the tip and has the etched “Alles Fur Deutschland’ motto on the front and most of the original blacking to the letters has gone.

There are a couple of edge nicks, mainly towards the tip.
It has an overall light scratching and some light pitting to the finish. I feel most of the light scratches would polish out with a little time and effort and it would look much better after a clean. (Please see my photos)

On the reverse there is the oval Wilh. Weltersbach trademark, being the double ovals with the dripping water taps in the centre and the words WILH.WELTERSBACH SOLINGEN set within the outer oval.

The scabbard shell is in poor condition with some remnants of brown paint remaining but also someone has over painted it with a cream coloured paint at some point, which again has been rubbed off. For some unknown reason one edge has a number od dings along hit, like someone has used it as a hammer at some point!

They may push out using a former tool or could be filled and the scabbard repainted? The dings don’t stop or affect the way the blade fits into the scabbard, which is still a great fit.

The scabbard mounts look to be the nickel-silver type and currently have an aged patina to the finish and some light scratches.

The hanger loop and ring are still attached but have been resoldered back on to the mount at some point.

The lower scabbard mount is actually in good shaped and surprisingly the lower ball isn’t split and just has the slightest crease in the bottom.

Only one of the lower chape fitting screws remains, but replacements can be easily obtained.

The blade measures 8.75” (22.3cm) and the dagger itself 13.6” (34.5cm) long.

This is a genuine example of an early “untouched” SA Dagger by an unusual and rare maker of these Daggers.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50542

Reserved


Mint MUELA Hunting Knife with Beautiful Coral Wood Handle and Leather Sheath

Mint MUELA Hunting Knife with Beautiful Coral Wood Handle and Leather Sheath

Here on offer is a mint example of a top quality Spanish MUELA hunting knife with a Corel Wood grip and brown leather sheath.

I purchased this knife and another stag horn handled version from a hunting shop in Cyprus over 20 years ago. This knife has never been used it has just been put away.

MUELA is currently classed as one of the strongest firms in handcrafted knives for hunting, both in Spain and the rest of the world and its knives and penknives are highly appreciated for their top quality.

The grip of this knife has been made from a beautiful section of Coral Wood with a slightly wider tapered shape towards the top, which means it fits the hand perfectly.

The pommel cap and cross guard have a polished brass gilt finish, inset with an ornate scrolled pattern with a black background and are in perfect condition.

This knife blade has a very sharp cutting edge and clip point top edge. It is made of a high grade stainless steel and is marked on one side with:

Muela (Plus logo)

MADE IN SPAIN

INOX

You can still see all the cross graining to the polished blade.

It is complete with original thick brown leather sheath, which has the name MUELA and the makers logo embossed into the front, in black.

The belt flap and retaining strap are just in mint condition.

The knife is just in perfect mint unused condition.

The blade measures 6.3” (16cm) long and the knife is 11.2” (28.3cm) in total length.

It weighs 340g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50540

80.00 GBP


Mint MUELA Hunting Knife with Beautiful Stag Horn Handle and Leather Sheath

Mint MUELA Hunting Knife with Beautiful Stag Horn Handle and Leather Sheath

Here on offer is a mint example of a top quality Spanish MUELA hunting knife with a genuine stag horn grip and brown leather sheath.

I purchased this knife and another wooden handled version from a hunting shop in Cyprus over 20 years ago. This knife has never been used it has just been put away.

MUELA is currently classed as one of the strongest firms in handcrafted knives for hunting, both in Spain and the rest of the world and its knives and penknives are highly appreciated for their top quality.

The grip of this knife has been made from a beautiful thick section of real stag horn with a slight curve, which means it fits the hand perfectly.

The pommel cap, tang nut and finger guard all have a polished gilt finish and are in perfect condition.

This knife blade has a very sharp cutting edge and clip point top edge. It is made of a high grade MOLYBDENUM VANADIUM stainless steel and is marked on one side with:

Muela (plus logo) TEJON

MOLIBDENO VANADIO

MADE IN SPAIN

You can still see all the cross graining to the polished blade.

It is complete with original thick brown leather sheath, which has the name MUELA and the makers logo embossed into the front, in black.

The belt flap and retaining strap are just in mint condition and it still has the red GENUINE STAG label fitted around the retaining strap.

The knife is just in perfect mint unused condition.

The blade measures 6.5” (16.5cm) long and the knife is 11.6” (29.5cm) in total length.

It weighs 305g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50539

80.00 GBP


Rare Personalised WW1 American L.F.& C. 1917-1918 Knuckle Trench Knife with Original Scabbard

Rare Personalised WW1 American L.F.& C. 1917-1918 Knuckle Trench Knife with Original Scabbard

Here on offer is a genuine and personalised WW1 American L.F.& C. 1917-1918 knuckle trench knife with its original scabbard.

This example was made by Landers, Frary and Clarke of Connecticut USA.

The hilt has a distinct pressed steel knuckle guard, produced during 1917.

There are seven pressed out “pyramid knobs” on the steel guard with some light surface rust to the finish.

The guard is marked with the maker’s details;

U.S.

L.F.& C.

1917


The grip is made from walnut and is shaped to accommodate the hand.

This example has been personalised with a relevant quote carved into the wood by I assume, the original owner:


The Wicked Shall Perish


The carved letters have been blackened to make them stand out.

It does make you think, to have carved these words into the grip, what horrors did the solider have to endure during his time in the WW1 trenches.


The 9” triangular steel blade is in excellent condition and still retains some of its original blued finish. It shows runner marks to all three surfaces. It does seem to have a very slight curve towards the end when viewed from one of the three sides.

The green leather scabbard is also in excellent condition.
The main section of the scabbard is made from thick green leather scabbard which is faintly stamped marked along the stitched seam, near the top with “JEWELL 1918”. You can just make this out by holding it is a bright light.

The top steel throat section and the bottom chape are attached to the leather by five small rivets. Both of these move slightly due to the shrinkage of the leather over the years, which is normal for these knives

The throat section still has the swivel hook mechanism which was used to attach it to a canvas US army belt.

There are some minor dents on the front of the throat section but it has very little surface rust to its finish.

On the steel chape and guard there are the stamped letters “M.S.” and on the top of the throat the letters “H.E.”

The chape also has the correct drain hole at the base.

The knife itself measures 14” (35.5cm) long and has a 9” (22.8cm) blade.

It weighs 455g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50541

760.00 GBP


Montgomery Clan Hallmarked Scottish Silver Lapel Brooch – Edinburgh 1951

Montgomery Clan Hallmarked Scottish Silver Lapel Brooch – Edinburgh 1951

Here on offer is a Montgomery Clan hallmarked Scottish silver lapel brooch, dated to Edinburgh 1951.

This small solid silver brooch is in excellent condition and still has some fine detail to the Montgomery clan image of the lady on the front. She is supporting an anchor with one hand and holding the severed head of a Saracen the other.

She is bordered by a ribbon/belt that has the motto:

GARDE BIEN (Guard Well)

On the reverse there is a full set of Scottish silver hallmarks, being the Thistle and Castle for Edinburgh and the date letter “V” for the year 1951.

There is also a makers mark, being two initials, but I cant make out what the letters are, possibly R S or P S?
It also still retains its original “C” clasp and silver pin.

The brooch measures about 1” (2.6cm) wide by 1.25” (3cm) high.

It weighs 5.5g.

Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50537

55.00 GBP


Unusual Vintage Puukko Knife with Red Bakelite Grip and Ornate Leather Sheath made by Iisakki Järvenpää of Kauhava, Finland

Unusual Vintage Puukko Knife with Red Bakelite Grip and Ornate Leather Sheath made by Iisakki Järvenpää of Kauhava, Finland

Here on offer is an unusual example of n early vintage Puukko knife with a red Bakelite “birds head” style grip.

This knife was made by Iisakki Jarvenpaa of Kauhava in Finland. Kauhava is by far the Puukko center of Finland, with the overwhelming majority of Puukkos being made in this city.

This is a decorative version of the traditional Finnish Puukko general-purpose belt knife.

The Puukko is a Finnish knife and the name lends itself to the Finnish word “puukotta,” which means “to stab/knife.” The prefix, “puu” means “wood” in Finnish. The design of the Puukko is attributed to the indigenous Sami people, who created several knives to use for day to day tasks; the Puukko was the smaller option, used to skin fish or animals. Although historical records vary, the Puukko dates back about 1000 years. Both men and women carried (and carry) Puukkos, although the sizes change depending on the person, as the Puukko handle is meant to fit the hand size of the user.

This is the only one I have seen with a red translucent Bakelite grip that has a lipped edge to the pommel, like a birds head.

The large ferrule looks to be silver or nickel plated and has a decorative pattern engraved on its upper section.

The steel blade has a single curved cutting edge, a fuller on both surfaces, a solid hidden tang and a flat spine. It shows some greying to the finish on the blade that would probably polish up to a bright finish, if so required.

On the front of the blade engraved into the fuller, you can still just make out the etched makers’ name, which seems to read as:

I. Järvenpää Kauhava


The engraved on the blade are the words:

Made in Finland

The ornate brown leather sheath shows some beautiful tooled work to the front of the leather. There is a very small section of leather missing on the reverse. The upper and lower fittings are made from a silver or nickel plated metal and have a simple geometric etched design.

The reverse of the upper fitting also has a swivel loop fitted and retains its original chain and belt hook

Iisakki Järvenpää (Isaac Riverhead in English) is known as one of the worlds most famous knife makers.

He began his career at Kauhava Puukkotehdas in 1899. (Puukkotehdas translated means knife factory).

The factory was founded in 1898 and made knives until 1939.

He was employed as a production manager and worked at the factory up until 1904.

Iisakki was born in Kauhava parish in 1859 and by the age of 20 had begun knife making. From the beginning, he used bark on the handle and after a few years 1881, he began to make his own blades. A year after that he and several others began to etch the blades with manufacturer’s name and place of manufacture, Kauhava, Finland.

Iisakki Järvenpää Oy was purchased in June 2013 by three South Ostrobothnian entrepreneurs, Pekka Pollari, Jarkko Haukkala and Hannu Pennala.

The aim was to develop and maintain Finnish knife manufacturing and crafts.

The knife is an excellent example of an unusual early vinatge knife and would make a great addition to any vintage knife collection.
The knife itself measures 6.74” (17cm) long and has a 3.25” (8.3cm) blade.
It weighs 70g.
Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.

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Code: 50536

75.00 GBP