Early Victorian British Royal Navy Officer's
Fighting Dirk, for sale
In good overall condition, an early Victorian (1838-1839) British
Royal Navy Officer's Fighting Dirk.
Marked "W. L. & H Sargant" with Crown over 4 view
mark to the obverse, the Saragnt brothers used this trading style
only during 1838 to 1839, right at the start of Queen Victoria's
reign. These lions head dirks are normally associated with ships
of the East India Company but the crown mark shows this fighting
dirk was issued to a junior Royal Navy officer Not a dress dirk,
but clearly a fighting dirk for close quarters on a cramped sailing
The 17 3/4 inch blade has been overly cleaned in the past but is
in good condition and firm in the grip, though the propeller shaped
cross guard is a little loose. The marine ivory / bone grip is in
good order but with fine age cracks and wear, plus some small chips.
The backpiece is bowed out a little. The leather and brass scabbard
has aged and endured some repairs but is sound. The dirk sheathes
and draws well.
A very good example of a scarce RN dirk. Well priced at £750.
Please quote item reference number AF42. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Box 1104-60x30x15 (1.423).