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WW2 / George VI Presentation Royal Navy Officer's Dirk, Sold

In good condition, a rare WW2 / George VI Presentation Royal Navy Officer's Dirk, presented to Midshipman / Cadet Captain J A G Evans

WW2 / George VI Presentation Royal Navy Officer's Dirk, Capt J A G Evansimage AB87 1

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Etched on blade; "Presented by H.M. King George VI, to Chief Cadet Captain John Alan Godfrey Evans, 15th December 1941". J A G Evans was Captain of the cadets in training, but his rank upon commissioning, as befitting of the dirk, was midshipman (1st January 1942). Initially serving on the battleship HMS Nelson, John Alan Godfrey Evans went on to be a submarine officer serving on several subs, and was eventually promoted to Captain proper in 1966.

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The 17 5/8 inch blade is worn, especially one side (the maker's name "Gieves" can only just be made out, as can George VI's royal cypher), but in good order and firm in the hilt. The white fishskin grip is overall good, some lesser grip wire strands a little astray, not much. The original sword knot is in good condition, though with some age / wear. The leather and metal fittings scabbard is generally good; the locking pin mechanism works well. The dirk sheathes and draws well.

Very rare for these to come onto the market as there what not many awarded by King George VI, and those that were are normally jealously guarded by the family of the original officer. Don't wait too long, it is very unlikely another will be along any time soon, if at all. A great piece of WW2 naval history for only £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number AB87 (0141). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

His 1960 officer's sword is here (when he was promoted to Commander)

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