In good condition, the Georgian British Bombay Marine Naval Dirk of Edward Edwards Owen
A good British naval midshipman’s / junior officer’s fighting dirk with the rampant lion of the East India Company / Bombay Marine to the “cigar” band on the grip. Blade posthumously quality etched (not low cost engraved) “EDWARD EDWARDS OWEN 1794-1838” by his family after his death aboard His Majesty’s (Paddle) Steamer Carron (died 13th January 1838 in Antiqua). So, clearly, he had transferred from the Bombay Marine to the Royal Navy at that point.
The 16 1/8 inch period sharpened blade is in good condition though missing it very tip (now rounded, perhaps made safe by his family). The plain blade has retrospectively been quality etched “EDWARD EDWARDS OWEN 1794-1838” and is firm in the hilt. The hilt with some gilt remaining, the fluted ivory grip a little worn and grubby within the channels / grooves, but very good overall. The cigar band around the grip has lost most of its gilt (including the rampant lion) but is sound. The original scabbard of leather and gilt brass is aged and a little worn, the chape slightly crooked, but good for age. The dirk sheathes and draws well.
A great example in above average condition and with full provenance and the potential for much research. Well worth the (was) £900, now £765 price tag. Please quote item reference Y26. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1414-60x30x15 (1.203).