British Midshipman’s Dirk, 1897
A fine presentation quality Royal Navy midshipman’s dirk, by Edward Thurkle of London, featuring an unusual and luxury blued and gilt blade (46cm). Presentation script etched on the blade reads “CHIEF CAPTAIN’S PRIZE AWARDED TO MR. W. W. SILLEM – H.M.S. BRITANNIA, AUGUST 1897”. The gilt brass hilt fittings, with lion’s head pommel and fouled anchor langet, with acorn terminals to s-quillons. White shagreen grip with most of the grip wire in place. Leather sheath with brass mounts.