In very good condition (for its age), a super rare Battle of Trafalgar era 1800’s British Royal Naval Officer’s 5 Ball Fighting Dirk, with late 16C blade.
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Rare, 5 ball Napoleonic RN dirks, made rarer, with late 1500’s blade. The central blade fuller marked “S A H A C V M”, for “Sahagun”, a Spanish blade making family based in Passau (Prussia / Germany), most likely “Alonso de Sahagún el Mozo”.
The 15 inch blade in very good condition for something around 430 years old, firm in the hilt. The gilt on brass hilt has some slight bending, which is common for hilts with this soft metal. The fluted ivory grip is good but with hairline age cracks as should be expected.
Who knows the history behind this blade and dirk; truly, we wish this one could talk. You will struggle to find another 5 ball RN dirk. You are unlikely ever to find another with an older blade. Go on, it’s worth it; was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AF79. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1249-60x30x15 (1.007).