1891P WW1 era British Midshipman's / Cadet
Officer's Naval Dirk, sold
In good overall condition, a WW1 era British midshipman's / naval
cadet officer's dirk with belt, original owner initials.
Almost certainly the original owner of this British midshipman's
naval dirk saw service in World War One as the maker's name "Gieve,
Matthews & Seagrove" dates the item from 1907 to 1911.
The original owner's initials "F C H" (on the top fitment
of the scabbard) probably allowing for the officer to be identified
with some research.
The 17 3/4 inch blade is etched for almost its entire length, bearing
King George 5th's royal cypher one side, a fouled anchor the other.
The blade has some rusted areas, a fair bit of patina as is common
with naval service blades. The blade is firm in the hilt, the hilt
generally good, the fishskin grip a little grubby but good and sound,
the twisted grip wire bindings in good shape. The scabbard and gilt
metal fittings are good, aged for sure, but sound. The locking pin
mechanism that holds the scabbard to the hilt is in good order.
The leather and gilt metal belts and straps is good, but one strap
is gone. Still, a very nice and above average piece, with research
potential. Full sized / further images available upon request. Please
quote our reference number D61 (771).