E-450 Personalized 1901/02 Long Naval Dagger With
Third Reich Replacement Pommel With Engraved Blade With Gold and Blue
This PERSONALIZED piece has it all! In fact, it belonged to
Ernest von Studnitz, who was born on May 5, 1898 and died on December 2, 1943.
Accompanying this magnificent piece is a complete file, to include pictures of
v. Studnitz along with his career record, short biographical sketch and pictures
of the vessels that he served on during his long Naval career. The dagger
shows wear and age, but is still VERY collectible, displaying the highest
quality throughout! This piece measures approximately 17.5” in overall
length and is a classic 1902 Naval Pattern! The quality brass has lost all
of its original finish leaving an appealing dark patina throughout. The
pommel is the 1938 replacement type having the sharper angle to the swastika
(Volume III, page 229). It shows carrying wear to the very top of the
eagle head. The grip is the solid celluloid variety having an ivory
appearance. There is one stress fracture to the lower reverse side
originating from the ferrule area and extending outward for approximately a
quarter of an inch. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire that
perfectly match the look of the hilt and scabbard. The crossguard is also
a fine example having the standard capstan ends that exhibits minor
carrying/storage wear (Volume III, pages 96 and 97). The center block area
has the raised folded anchor motif on both sides. It contains a
well-defined pebbled background in order to provide eye-catching relief.
The long, engraved blade measures approximately 11” in overall length and is
the center ridged style, having the crown-over-fouled anchor theme on the
obverse side and a floral motif on the reverse (Volume III, page 53). The
edges and tip are crisp. The raised portion of the engraved panel and
ricasso areas are gold-plated, while the panel recessed areas have a blued
background. There is MUCH wear to the gold-plating, grading an overall 50%
with most of the wear appearing to the obverse side. The blued
backgrounding grades 50% with the majority of the wear appearing to the obverse
panel. The lower 3.5” of the blade is polished steel, having a greyish
look. I believe that this can be minimized with some cleaning. The
reverse ricasso is void of any maker’s mark. The blade grades good.
There is an original leather washer in place, grading strong excellent.
The long scabbard is the hammered style. However, it appears to have been
originally the lightning bolt variety that was eventually factory modified.
NOT unusual! It shows numerous carrying taps throughout! The bands
are the high off the scabbard style and are very similar to those illustrated in
Volume III, page 53, above. The throat is retained by two mismatched brass
screws that are period done! Now for the best part: The upper
reverse scabbard is professionally engraved with the owner’s name, v. Studnitz.
Can’t ask for anything better than this! A MAGNIFICENT piece of history
and a MUST for the SERIOUS Naval collector! Very good to excellent-.