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WW1 AUSTRALIAN OR BRITISH NAVY MIDSHIPMAN’S DIRK SWORD & SCABBARD

Offered is a rare First World War era Naval Midshipman’s dirk/sidearm.The dirk features a gilded brass lion head and ornate back strap, with portepee ring and 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. The push button lock is present and is in working condition.The 47cm long unmarked 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...

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Offered is a rare First World War era Naval Midshipman’s dirk/sidearm.The dirk features a gilded brass lion head and ornate back strap, with portepee ring and 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. The push button lock is present and is in working condition.The 47cm long unmarked 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. The overall condition is very fine, with only very small amounts of wear, one of the better I have come across. With no maker’s or retailer’s name to the ricasso, this is almost certainly a 1916 to 1918 made RN dirk; during this period of production over detail, many swords had no such markings to them.The scabbard is also in fine condition with an all black leather frame with the ornate brass upper chape with twin floating suspension rings and large style drag. No movement or repair to the scabbard. The scabbard and dirk fit together with no issues, just the way it was designed and made nearly 100 years ago. Overall a very fine piece that has been very well looked after. Overall length: 62 cm.

This was bought through our shop here in Perth, we cannot say if it was worn by a British or Australian officer.

Weight 4.409245 kg
Dimensions 70 × 20 × 20 cm
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