George 5th British Royal Naval Midshipman's
A George 5th British Royal Naval midshipman's dirk, the former
property of William John Yendell who went on to become Rear Admiral
and British Assistant Chief of Naval Staff.
This is the naval midshipman's dirk of William
John Yendell, bought by him almost certainly in 1922 just before
he was assigned to the battleship HMS Warspite. WJ Yendell went
on to become a Rear Admiral and British Assistant Chief of Naval
Staff after World War 2. I bought this dirk along with his naval
officer's sword from the same estate of him family.
Dirks being much rarer than swords, they command comparatively
high prices. I have priced this one around the price you can expect
to pay for a George 5th midshipman's dirk anyway, but with this
one you get the provenance of a senior officer having owned it as
his first ever naval edged weapon.
The dirk is in overall good order, the 17 7/8 inch blade is above
average; some patina but not much around the etching and also some
rust pitting to the point end. The locking pin mechanism is good.
The hilt good also, the fishskin a little grubby but which can be
cleaned. The sword knot aged and frayed. The scabbard complete but
the bottom fitting is loose (can be glued back on) due to the leather
having partly perished near the tip section (corresponding to the
pitted area near the tip on the blade). But overall an above average
example and one that belonged top a very important naval officer
early on in his career. Further / full sized images upon request.
My item reference number is 642.