Circa 1800 Rare Nile Club British Royal Naval
Officer's Dirk, sold
In well aged condition, a rare Nile Club British Royal Navy officer's
The Nile Club was an exclusive circle of British Royal Navy officers
who were serving with Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson (later Lord
Nelson) on one of the British ships at the Battle of the Nile (AKA
Battle of Aboukir Bay / Bataille d'Aboukir) in 1798. These officers
were entitled to wear a sword or dirk with a Nile Crocodile as part
of the hilt. As many of these same officers went on to serve with
Nelson in the ongoing Napoleonic wars, the officer who wore this
dirk was very likely to also have been at the more famous later
Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and again most likely would have been
wearing this very dirk at that battle. The officer was probably
a midshipman (junior officer) at the Battle of the Nile. He may
well have been promoted by the time of the Battle of Trafalgar,
but dirks were worn by senior and junior officers alike, so he would
likely still be wearing this dirk with pride.
The 15 inch blade is well pitted and the point area a little weak,
though generally the blade is sound and can be maintained as such.
The blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt guard has suffered some
damage, some bending and a couple of minor breaks. The ivory grip
is badly damaged one side.
Still, try and find another at any price and you will know our
price will only invoke crocodile tears. Please quote item reference
I35. Full sized images available upon request.