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Title Royal Navy fighting dirk
Nationality British
Period c 1785
Price £600.00

This is likely to have been made towards the end of the American Revolutionary War (Peace of Paris, 1783) or during the early part of the Napoleonic Wars (starting 1793). This would have been carried by an RN officer or HEIC naval officer, and this example is interesting in having a particularly long (approx 26") blade.

This weapon was almost certainly made using a captured Spanish rapier blade (c 1620), which has been cut down. It would have been carried in a silver-mounted leather scabbard, now sadly lost.

The blade has a patinated grey finish, the hilt mounts and chain are of unhallmarked silver and the grip is ebony with silver panels. The pommel button is fitted with a screw thread matching that on the iron tang. Allowing for its age, the piece is in excellent condition throughout, although the chainwork has suffered somewhat, there being minor breaks to this and a small break to the loop on the end of one of the quillons.

I have tightened the grip with the insertion of a beechwood fillet, since, as is only to be expected with a piece of this age, the grip was a little loose.

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


[Edged Weapons : Dirks : British : 18th Century]

testimonials

[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

It is here! Very nice piece! That is a wonderful birthday present for my new life.

M G, Germany, 29.02.2008

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