In good condition, a Trafalgar era British Naval Blue & Gilt Etched Dirk
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A fine dirk with circa 1800 pommel and ubiquitous “G” stamp to blade showing it was made by Osborn in that era. It is virtually certain this dirk was made just before the Battle of Trafalgar, so who knows…… What is known is that this dirk is way above the vast vast majority of other British naval dirks of that period and would therefore have been owned / carried by a notable / well to do officer.
The sharpened 17 1/2 inch blade is in good condition with useful blue and gilt etch remaining. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt in very good condition for its age and with the chain still present. The chequered ivory grip well yellowed with age and with some age cracks as should be expected is, none the less, very good. The superbly engraved brass sheath / scabbard has lost most of its gilt but is still very good. The dirk sheathes and draws well.
Truly well above average Napoleonic British naval dirk and in above average condition. A great and evocative investment for was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Y20. Further / full sized images available upon receipt. Box 1405-92x17x15 (1.100),