1879 Pattern British Naval Midshipman’s
/ Officer's Dirk (Sold)
A good condition 1879 Pattern British Royal Naval Dirk.
With the owner's initials "NVG" inscribed to the mouth
piece of the scabbard, this is a (James) Gieve, (Henry) Matthews
& (Edwin) Seagrove Ltd. of Portsmouth made dirk. The blade is
blackened in places but generally very good with very clear etching.
One of the quillon's acorns is missing. The scabbard is in good
condition for its age and the spring catch is present and works
With a George 5th Royal Cypher this dirk was made / sold in 1911.
This is can said with certainty because the company's etched name
shows "Ltd" status and also "London", which
combined with the full company name (it changed to just "Gieves
Ltd" in 1912), could only have been in 1911. So the owner probably
served in the world's most powerful navy at the time of WW1. Further
pictures available upon request.