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Title Georgian naval dirk
Nationality British
Period c 1805-20
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This would have been worn more as a symbol of rank than as a working weapon, the blade being only six-and-three-quarter inches. During the Napoleonic Wars, quite small boys from the age of 12+ were used as midshipmen in order to train the next generation of officers. This was probably for such a junior officer/midshipman.

This dirk has a two-piece ivory grip with gilt mounts. The gilding on the hilt is approximately 80%+ original finish under a coating of lacquer, which I hesitate to remove. Perhaps only 10% or less of the gilding on the scabbard remains and there are some dents at the base of the scabbard on both sides. However, as a nice ornamental touch, the scabbard finial is in the form of an neo-classical urn, which could suggest the slightly earlier date. The blade is a conventional double-edged one with a central fuller and has brightwork etching on both sides with martial trophies, drums, flags, fasces, etc.


If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Dirks : British : 19th Century]

testimonials

Briquet has arrived, and I'm very satisfied.

P S, Norway, 28.02.2014

Thank you, Chris. All arrived safely. Very quickly too, much quicker than from the US! Very satisfied. It is a nice sword.

Anyway, thanks again and I have marked your site for future interest.

T P, New Zealand, 04.04.2005

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