Georgian naval officer’s Dirk in its associated brass mounted leather scabbard. Curved 27.5 cm blade with traces of blue and gilt etching. Chequered bone grip and brass guard. Scabbard locket marked ‘Bennet, Sword Cutler to the Prince of Wales, 67 Royal Exchange’. Probably John Bennet Jr. 1773-1802.
With broad tapering blade of flattened lozenge section and heavy iron hilt comprising outward-canted, sharply down-turned quillons of oval section with spatulate terminals each decorated beyond a pair of transverse incised lines with four longitudinal lines, and fitted at their junction with a sturdy side-ring formed with moulded decoration at its centre and fitted with a flat shell-guard possessing quatrefoil piercings, eight-sided mushroom-shaped pommel with moulded neck and baluster tang-button, and wooden grip retaining its original binding of alternating twisted and plain iron wire between “turk’s heads (lightly patinated overall). 36.0 cm; 14 in blade. 52.2 cm; 19¾ in overall.
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British Highland Officer’s Silver-Mounted Dress Dirk of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Edinburgh, 1885
With tapering blade formed with a notched back-edge, etched with scrollwork, the regimental device and signed by the retailer ‘Johns and Pegg, Clifford Street, London’, carved rootwood grip decorated with basket-weave designs enriched with silver nails, pommel inset with a large citrine, in its original scabbard with chased silver mounts decorated with interlaced monsters and the regimental device and with its extra pieces en suite (the knife incomplete). 29.5 cm; 11 5/8 in blade.
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.
The two grip bars compress together to open up the two halves of the outer blade, revealing the third dagger blade contained inside. With silver damascene decoration all over, in floral and geometic patterns. Overall length 42cm.