In good condition, a rare late 18C (Battle of the Nile era) French Naval Officer’s Fighting Dirk.
Quite possibly a battle trophy by Nelson’s naval force from the Nile (it came from an English estate). Marked “W M Solingen” to the spine, probably for Wilhelm Moller. Typical late 18C French etching with a Merman / Triton figure.
The period sharpened 25 1/4 inch blade is in good condition, the etching remains still visible. Blade firm in grip. The cross guard with movement. The pommel with slight movement. The decorative knuckle chain is gone. The fluted ivory grip in very good condition.
We wish we knew the history of this one. If it did indeed come to the UK as a Battle of the Nile trophy, as many such items did (4 French ships were destroyed, 9 were captured), if it had provenance to that effect, it would be worth many thousands. As such, we can only speculate how this dirk came into British hands and offer it at the remarkably low price of £800. Please quote item reference AF82. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1270-101x18x16 (1.136).