The Navy or Kriegsmarine had 78,000 personnel. The famous among big manufacturers of daggers given to the Naval personnel was Elckhorn Solingen. The basic parts of a Navy Nazi dagger are:
1. Dagger pommel is a gold-coated eagle with wings folded, with a swastika sign at its claws.
2. Dagger cross guard has an anchor etched on its center.
3. Dagger hilt has twisted brass wire wound around the grip made of ceramic or ivory.
4. Dagger scabbard contains acorns or oak leaves with explicit image of an anchor.
5. Dagger blade contains markings of a superimposed eagle and swastika over an anchor. The company logo is also etched on the ricasso.
So, my brother in law had this dagger and asked me to sell it for him…We were hoping to get about $500 for it. Which is a good price for a piece of Nazi history like this. There are lots of Nazi daggers and swords out there…Here is a great website to tell you about them: http://www.2-clicks-swords.com/article/german-daggers.html … I listed it on Ebay (not knowing that Nazi memorabilia is absolutely not allowed listed on Ebay) and rightfully so, not knowing the history of how many jews this dagger may have stuck. Understandable…
So, after being removed by Ebay and a nice link sent to me by them explaining why it was removed…I listed it on Craigslist for $500. I received a few calls on it asking about condition and what was engraved on the blade, a guy from Texas (who must’ve been searching Craigslist pretty hard for Nazi items to find my add) offered me $300…I got the ok from my bro and set up payment through Paypal. Being that it had a dent in the sheath and missing some leather that was suppose to be on the sheath, some minor pitting on the blade and some wear to the dagger in general…it was a good deal. He got his money, the Texan got his dagger and everyone was happy….All in all this was really interesting to sell, I learned alot about Nazi daggers throughout the deal…(some of which came from the website that I gave you the link for)…There’s good money to be made from the right daggers…and people DO have an interest in buying a piece of history…wheather it was for a good cause or a bad one.