online Militaria dealer - Antique-Militaria [UK]
magnify icon Search militaria Medals - Arms - Militaria
Home icon Antique Militaria Home Cart icon Cart Checkout icon Checkout about us icon About us for the SEs and the curious Site map Telephone icon Contact us People shaking hands icon Customer comments | Help
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

My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".

Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!

S A, UK, 14.08.2012

Arrived safely. Excellent item. Really good condition. A good addition to the collection. Many thanks for a stress free transaction.

R B, UK, 17.10.2005

more...