Circa 1800 Curved British Midshipman's Fighting
Dirk, for sale
In good overall condition, a scarce circa 1800 Curved British
Midshipman's Fighting Dirk.
The dirk is still very sharp (period sharpened), so it is not just
a dress dirk. This style of dirk was popular around 1800 with both
Royal Navy and the Bombay Marine (East India Company's navy). Originally
there would have been a chain between the pommel and guard finale,
but the fittings are still there for someone to add a costume jewelry
type replacement if desired.
The 12 1/4 inch blade has some pitting but is generally good. A
very small amount of movement by both grip and hilt, more so with
the cross guard. The grooved ivory grip is good but with a number
of age cracks.
Who knows where this dirk saw service! Very nicely priced at just
£550. Please quote item reference number W03. Further / full
sized pictures available upon request. Box 1116-51x12x11 (0.435).