Napoleonic French Naval Artillery Officer's
Blue & Gilt Etched Dirk, Sold
A rare Napoleonic French naval artillery officer's blue and gilt
etched dirk in good condition.
A dirk with artillery rather than naval markings means this is
a rare naval ship artillery officer's dirk. The licteur (bundle
of rods Imperial symbol) was used by the French across their empire,
so that there is a chance this dirk belonged to an Italian or even
Dutch / Belgium which were part of the empire. But most likely French,
and raising the specter this was a battle trophy bought home by
a British naval officer as the item was purchased by us from an
estate sale in the UK.
The 9 7/8 inch blade is well and finely etched, blue and gilt, firm
in the hilt. The cross guard retains much if not most of its fine
gilt. The turned hardwood grip is in good order. The brass pommel
appears to be period, though might be a later replacement (we would
suspect not that much later if so). 13 7/8 inches overall.
An absolutely stunning example and a snip. Please quote item reference
L16 (1197). Further / full sized images upon request.