George VI / WW2 British Royal Navy Midshipman's
In very good condition, a George VI / WW2 British Royal Navy Midshipman's
No maker's or retailer's details etched to blade, though a very
high quality item indeed, so made by one of the better makers for
sure. No name tens to mean either it was sold through a retailer
(e.g. a naval outfitters) who had no etching plate made by the maker,
or bought by an officer that did not want / was not prepared to
pay to have a retailer's name added, or was made during WW2 when
such detail took second place to urgency; we suspect the later.
The 21 1/4 inch blade is supremely well grey etched and in overall
very good condition (some scuffing in the obverse blank attributation
panel, some minor patina spots mostly away from the etching) and
firm in the hilt. The hilt retains much gilt. The fishskin grip
is very good, the twisted grip wire bindings also save for a little
movement with a couple of lesser strands. The original dirk knot
in good condition, as is the scabbard / sheath. The locking pin
mechanism works well and the dirk sheathes and draws well.
A lovely item, well above average, just £? (too late, now
sold). Please quote item reference R87 (0584). Further / full sized
images available upon request.