Mid Victorian British Customs Cutter / River
Police Officer's Dirk, sold
An exceptionally rare Victorian British Customs or River Police
In very good general order, an exceptionally rare Mid Victorian
dirk for a Customs or River Police officer. Marked on the blade
to maker Woods & Son of Bow Street (of course) London, the grip
very characteristically that of a law enforcement officer, the fact
it is a dirk shows they were marine or maritime based. The 11 inch
blade is in worn though good condition, still sharp (period sharpened)
and firm in the hilt. The hilt, grip and grip wire bindings are
in very good order. The leather and gilt metal sheath / scabbard
is good for its age, though the leather has shrunk a little and
consequently the blade no longer fully sheathes.
Again, a very rare item and you are highly unlikely to ever find
another. Therefore, a great price. Please quote item reference number
G85 (976). Further / full sized images upon request.