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Title Nicholas II naval dirk
Nationality Russian
Period c 1914
Price £900.00

This is the last, and possibly rarest, of the Russian naval dirks from the Imperial era. They were introduced sometime around the Crimean war, generally with rather longer blades and plain gilt brass fittings. This type continues with identical fittings, except that the pommel has the emperor's monogram embossed on it.

The grip is ivory (probably elephant, but just possibly walrus), with some minor age cracks to both sides. The brass fittings have lost virtually all their gilding, but the odd tiny patch remains (in particular on the crossguard and around the pommel button where it joins the pommel).

The blade has its original leather washer and has been heavily sharpened for field service. On one side of the blade, there is the cypher of Nicholas II, while on the other is the Russian double eagle. The blade is almost 9.5" long and 7/8" wide at the forte. The blade's forte is of square section and measures some 3"; thereafter the rest of the blade tapers in a diamond section. The hilt is a little loose, but could be tightened up if required.

The scabbard has a wooden base covered in calf leather with a small hole measuring 3/4" at its back (see detail photo). This could be covered with some appropriately dyed scrap of leather, but I have left it with all its age details showing.

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

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Russian : 20th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Many thanks, badge was awaiting my return today. Pleasure dealing with you again. I'll be back again.

P B, UK, 20.02.2008