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WWI German Colonial Naval Dagger Dirk SMS Gneisenau

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A great and very interesting WWI German Naval dirk marked to a naval ship that served in the South Pacific and was sunk by the British in Uruguay in early 1914. This example has a finely aged handle and remains in good condition. The dagger is tight but the scabbard is loose on the blade, however it appears completely original to the handle. The SMS Gneisenau was assigned to the German East Asia Squadron based in Tsingtao, China, along with Scharnhorst, in 1910. They served as the core of Vice Admiral Maximilian von Spee's fleet. After the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, the two ships, accompanied by three light cruisers and several colliers, sailed across the Pacific ocean

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