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Old 6th December 2022, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Is this a navy dirk?

I have in my collection this dirk without makers or other marks. Does anybody here know what I have? Total lenght is 475 mm, blade length is 356 mm. The scabbard is black leather with brass mounts. The grip is probably made of ivory.
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Old 6th December 2022, 07:19 PM   #2
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I don't believe the grip is ivory due to the cracking and more likely bone.
Looks like a very nice piece though I don't know its origin.
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It's a British navy officers or midshipmen's dirk ca.1800, roughly Trafalgar period. A nice dirk, I am very enamored of these. This hilt style is frequently seen on dirks of that time frame. Here is one similar to it in my collection.
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Excellent example Dmitry, showing virtually the scallop decoration the same in the crossguard center. The openwork on the scabbard is like on a Thomas Gill M1788 officers saber, seemingly following that convention on many European hussar saber scabbards.
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It's a British navy officers or midshipmen's dirk ca.1800, roughly Trafalgar period.
Thanks a lot, especially for the photo, I thought it was British but was uncertain.
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I'm not well versed on early dirks, seems to be a keeper! Having the scabbard is a huge plus, many are missing their scabbards especially leather ones.
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