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Important English Sterling Silver & Ivory Dirk 1799-1800

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Important English Sterling & Ivory Dirk Ca 1799-1800
 

IMPORTANT ENGLISH
STERLING SILVER & IVORY DIRK
Ca 1799 - 1800

English sterling silver & ivory dirk obverse image
Reverse side of sterling silver & ivory Englsih dirk image
 
 

Presented is an English Stirling Silver mounted ceremonial dirk with an elegant Elephant ivory grip that is 16 3/4" overall and a narrow, 5/8" wide.  The unsharpened double edged blade has a center fuller from the silver oval scabbard cap ending 3/8" from the point. The blade was originally niter blue which has now dulled, but the gilt pattern of floral leaves and vines are clearly visible on both sides.  The design measures 6 3/4" from the scabbard cap to its terminus. The sterling 8 sided pommel  has a flat top from which protrudes a silver capstan with the tang visible at its center. The ferrule is also 8 sided with a spacer between it and the cross guard. Between the ferrule and the pommel is 3 1/4" of near perfect ivory with the same 8 sided shape as the ferrule and pommel.

HALLMARKS: There are 7 hallmarks total. Two are on the obverse of the pommel and five on the right cross guard arm. The five on the left cross guard read from left to right are:

  1. Lion Passant
  2. City mark = London
  3. Not legible
  4. Not legible
  5. Assay Mark: Anchor = Birmingham

Imprinted on the pommel there is a Lion Passant under an unintelligible mark.

There is no scabbard. The dirk's size and weight shows that it was intended to be used for ceremonies rather than in combat with a point of balance one inch forward of the scabbard cap.

CONDITION: The straight double edged blade has turned dark blue with age and has a gold gilted design of leaves and vines from the silver scabbard cap to 6 3/4 along the center fuller. There is no pitting or spotting The ivory grip is in excellent condition with only one small age crack on the side and a small blemish adjacent. All the furniture is tight. The weapon has 7 hallmarks denoting sterling silver as described.

Ref. A near twin of this same dirk is found on page 197, EW 108 of "Naval Swords and Dirks" cataloged by Sim Comfort. 2008. Dirk hallmarked Birmingham, 1799/1800 by Elizabeth Cook

Five hallmarks stamped on cross guard image
               Five hallmarks stamped on cross guard denote Sterling Silver and London made
 

PROVENANCE: From a private collection of nautical antiques where it was acquired ten years ago. 

English Sterling Silver dirk's obverse hilt image
English Sterling Silver dirk's reverse image
                             Showing the hallmarks and both sides of the dirk's Ivory hilt 
 
 
English Sterling Silver dirk;s blade toward hilt, reverse image
Center section of dirk's blade image
Pointof reverse side of sterlin silver dirk's image
            The condition of the blade is the same on both sides. This is the reverse.
Showing the pommel of the sterling silver dirk and its prominent capstan image
Showing the pommel of the sterling silver dirk and its prominent capstan with tang in center

DIMENSIONS:  

Hilt   4 3/4" L x  1/2" W x 3/8"T                  Cross guard 3 1/4" W

Length overall 16 3/4" Blade  11 7/8" L x 1/2" W x 1/4" T at widest

Weight   4  ounces

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