War of 1812 US Naval Officer's Eagle Head
Dirk / Dagger, sold
In aged, damaged, frail condition, a War of 1812 US Naval Officer's
Eagle Head Dirk / Dagger.
Most likely a British capture from the War of 1812, the dirk is
damaged and frail; the grip and hilt appear to have been glued to
the tang of the blade. This curved blade style of dirk places it
firmly at the turn of the 19th Century and it has been in the UK
for a long time, so is almost certainly a battle trophy bring back.
The 15 1/2 inch blade is good but with some light rust / patina
patched particularly one side. The blade is a little loose in the
hilt. The ivory grip has broken and been glued. The pommel is a
little offset. The leather and brass fittings scabbard is aged,
the leather cracked. The dirk sheathes and draws tightly due to
scabbard leather shrinkage; we suspect the hilt has previously pulled
off and may do so again.
We wish we had provenance with this item, but we don't; the previous
owner bought it in an English antique shop's closing down sale.
Still, the style and fact it has been in the UK probably is provenance
enough. A stellar buy at £(too late, now sold). Please quote
item reference AE26 (0740). Further / full sized images available