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.
Broad 12 inch blade marked U.S./34230 and SA/1913 with ordnance grenade. Brass-mounted grip. Brass-mounted leather scabbard with suspension loop. Reverse of scabbard with inspector’s initials and marked Rock Island/Arsenal/1912/H.E.K.
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.
Serial no. 45, .54 caliber. 5 inch octagonal barrel marked on the top Elgins/Patent and CBA/PM/1837. Frame marked C.B. Allen/Springfield/Mass. Barrel, frame, blade and stock all serial numbered. Underside of barrel affixed with broad 11 inch single edged blade with beveled false edge and forged with integral triggerguard/knucklebow. Varnished walnut grips. Together with original German silver-mounted leather holster, (the leather restored) the throat fitted with frog stud and with rare brass-tipped steel ramrod.
One of 150 specimens manufactured by C.B. Allen, with blades by N.P. Ames, for a U.S. Navy contract specifically associated with the Wilkes South Seas Exploring Expedition of 1838-42. (Flayderman’s Guide, sec. 6A-038)
Authorized in 1828, the expedition was composed of six vessels, with a complement of scientists, under the command of Lt. Charles Wilkes. Leaving Hampton Roads, Virginia the fleet rounded South America, explored the Pacific coast of that continent, proceeded to the South Pacific, where they engaged in combat on Fiji in 1840 and then sailed on the map and explore the west coast of the United States. Nineteen scientific volumes were published after the fleets return and the expedition played a major contribution in the advancement of the U.S. scientific community.
With finely watered single-edged blade, hilt comprising moulded iron basal mount pinched-in over the base of the blade and decorated with gold-damascened foliage, and rock-crystal grip carved with foliage and ram’s head pommel in the round. 25 cm blade.