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Naval Dirk French American Ca 1799 Dagger Brass Scabbard Mint

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This Elegent Dirk Has Been Sold. Thank you!
 
EARLY FRENCH -AMERICAN NAVAL DIRK Ca 1795 - 1814
 
 
 
Presented is an exquisitely made double edged dirk with horn grip, brass furniture and scabbard. The straight double edged blade is in excellent shape with some minor pitting and spotting and has a pleasing Grey patina. The brass scabbard, with two carrying rings, and a pleasing patina is ornately imprinted with leaves and filigree and is also in excellent condition. The finely checkered dark brown horn handle has a tiny split on the obverse and an age crack on the reverse, but is firmly in place. The cross guard with opposing circular quillions has a stockless fouled anchor at its center. The pommel is in the shape of a beautifully fluted crown.
A near twin is pictured on the cover of "Les POIGNARDS DE MARINE" by Lhoste, Resek, and Tonnerre. Editions Du Portail
The weapon is without a maker's mark which was not unusual for the period when many of the weapons were unmarked. However, the styling and refined workmanship is decidedly French. Dirks with a curved or “saber type” blades with a single edge were more popular with the British and over time they began to be referred to as the “British dirk”, while straight-bladed double edged dirks are known as the “French dirk”.

A special note: The cartouche with the unfouled anchor is typical of French marine daggers of the First Empire, (1795-1814). Fouled anchors began to appear on French weapons during the Restoration, (1814-1830). Why the anchor is without a stock is unknown.

The more frequently seen fouled anchor, otherwise known as the "sailor's disgrace", does not reflect on the wearer's seamanship ability. It had its origin in ancient times as a religious symbol of steadfastness, hope and salvation. The insignia's use in the navy originated as the seal of Lord Howard of Effingham when he was Lord High Admiral of England at the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. He used the "Fouled Anchor" as his seal. The "Fouled Anchor" still remains the official seal of the First Sea Lord of Great Britain and has been integrated into many naval insignias throughout the world.  The seal's use was expanded to be on buttons, official seals, and cap badges. The U.S Navy's integrated the use of this symbol and many other customs directly from the influence of British Naval tradition. 

               Elegant French Naval dirk with brass scabbard. Checkered horn handle
 
DUBIOUS MARK: On the back of the cross guard at the center are the individually stamped, small, 2 cm size, initials "CSN". Because of the irregularity of the individual stamping, most experts and experienced collectors would conclude this was a recent mark and made to deceive. The mark was not mentioned when we purchased the dirk so no premium was paid for what may be a dubious "Confederate States Navy" reference, so we suggest a buyer ignore its significance.
 
PROVENANCE: From the Estate of a long term and knowledgeable collector who specialized in Confederate edged weapons primarily consisting of daggers and dirks. His identity will be disclosed to the purchaser.
                             “CSN” Stamp
                     Fluted brass pommel
            Age crack back of horn grip
 Double edge straight blade with very minor spotting, Grey patina
 
CONDITION: Except for the age split in the bone handle, the rest of the dirk is in excellent condition.
 
Dimensions:
 
Handle   3 1/2" L x 1/2" W x 3/4"T                      Cross guard 3" W
Length overall 12 1/8" Blade  7 3/4" L x 3/4" W x 3/16" T at widest
Weight   7 ounces

OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within five days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless due to our error.

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An elegant and rare early French First Empire naval dirk complete with original scabbard 

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