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ANTIQUE LION HEAD MILITARY NAVAL DIRK
Presented is a double edged "dirk" with heavily encrusted
spear point blade and dominating lion's head brass pommel. It
has a well formed lion's head and brass hardware with an unusual rectangular block behind the crossguard and before the ferule.
A black plastic tape inventory label with "A 104" is on the rectangular block. The grip is wood, but seems to be covered in
a very thin covering which may be only a heavy layer of black paint. There is a repair on the reverse. It has a balanced
fighting feel in hand which favors the blade end.
Pommels with animal heads, primarily lions were particularly popular with military officers here in America
during the French & Indian and Revolutionary Wars says George C. Neumann in "Swords & Blades of the American Revolution".
The lion's head emblem
appears to be a single casting instead of the more typical vertical half shells. There are numerous examples of lion's head
pommel swords in Neumann's "Swords & Blades of the American Revolution" with the majority of them of English
origin and dates from 1760-1780. The lion's head was also used by both the French, English and the American's during
this period. This example is sharply formed with distinct features.
CONDITION: The tang goes though the head and there is a brass nail though the mouth to keep it from turning. The
spear point blade has a sharp double edge, and is heavily rusted and pitted. Colors range from brown to black. Everything
is tight. There is no scabbard.
Length overall 12 7/8"
Blade 7 7/8"
Width of blade - max 1 1/4"
Hilt 5" x 15/16" W x 5/8" T
Weight 10 oz
formed grip with uniques rectangular block behind cross guard
PROVENANCE: Comes from the estate of an arms collector, but nothing
else is known. The auctioneer offered it may be of American origin.
chiseled lion's head brass pommel
With the exception
for its rusty blade, this is a first rate dirk with
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