RARE WW1 AUSTRALIAN OR BRITISH NAVY MIDSHIPMAN’S DIRK SWORD & SCABBARD
Offered is a rare WW1 era Naval Midshipman’s dirk/sidearm.
The dirk features a brass lion head and ornate back strap, with portepee ring with bullion knot & acorn quillion. The pebbled ray skin grip is typically in very good condition, with the wire wrap present to finger grooves. The front langet is adorned with the naval anchor and wreath & crown for King George V (1910-1935). The push button lock is present and is in working condition.
The 46cm long blade features on both sides the acid etched design of laurel spray and ships anchor with the Royal Cypher of King George V. The etching runs 4/5 of the length of the blade and is in exceptional condition. The maker is shown as Gieves of London. Light wear towards tip point, but mentioned only as a point that this has been issued.The scabbard is also in excellent condition with an all black leather frame with the ornate brass upper chape, showing engraved initial RBAH with twin floating suspension rings. No movement, evidence of some glue repair to undeneath of brass scabbard chape. The scabbard and dirk fit together with no issues, just the way it was designed and made over 100 years ago. Overall a good set. Overall length: 61 cm.
These are rarely seen these days and highly collectible in this condition.
||30 × 15 × 10 cm