Circa 1830 British Naval Officer's Keris
Bladed Dirk, sold
In very good condition, an early to mid 19C British naval officer's
dirk with Malay keris blade, probably for an East India Company
Naval Officer (Bombay Marine).
A really bespoke and interesting British naval dirk with keris
blade and bone grip, mounted within a post-1826 British naval officer's
sword lion pommel and backstrap. Clearly made for an officer of
the East India Company's navy, as only they would have the license
to carry such a regionally influenced bespoke piece. This rare item
should appeal to naval and keris collectors alike.
The 32.5 cm wavy keris blade of traditional Malaysian Peninsular
form is firm in the hilt. The hilt of gilt brass form with standard
British naval lion's head pommel and mane backpiece. The white (probably
whale) bone fluted grip is in very good shape. Complete with original
leather and brass / metal fittings scabbard / sheath. Everything
firm and nice; the stitching on the scabbard coming apart in one
area due to leather shrinkage (we have now applied leather balsam,
so the shrinkage should stop).
You will not find another one, so ours is a very good price! Further
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