Victorian 1856P Royal Navy Midshipman's Dirk,
Named Officer, Sold
In very good condition for its age, this is the 1856P RN dirk
of then Midshipman FS Inglefield, who went on to become Admiral
Sir Frederick Samuel Inglefield, Forth Sea Lord.
1856 Pattern RN Midshipman dirks in good condition are rare and
command a very high price. This particular dirk is not only in good
condition, but is the former property of one of Britain's most senior
The 14 3/4 inch blade is in very good condition for its age and
bearing in mind that sea salt and steel do not go together for long.
The etching still crisp, including the obligatory fouled anchor
and VR cypher, the cutler's details "Dudley Grande Parade Portsmouth",
plus the engraved name "F. S. Ingelfield R.N." very clear.
The blade is firm in the hilt. One of the quillons has bent forward
a little but otherwise the hilt is in good shape. The fishskin grip
has lost most of it blackening but the twisted grip wire bindings
are still good. The leather and gilt metal sheath is in aged but
good condition, the cutler's name also to the top fitting. The locking
pin still working and holding the sheath firm.
A well above average example and which was once held by a budding
midshipman who went on to very great things. A stonking bargain
/ investment. Please quote item reference number F99 (925). Additional
/ full sized images available upon request.