Presented is a sharply curved dagger called a “dirk” with original
black scabbard. The blade has a single edge and is polished. The grip has a pommel of brass with much of its gilding in the
shape of a CORONET* surrounded by strawberry leaves on top. For its possible significance use the link below. The handle is
covered in black fish skin or it may be black painted wood with two stand twisted brass wire in the grooves. The
qullion has a hole which allows for a lanyard or sword knot, and flows into a hefty knuckle guard. Both the dagger or the
scabbard are without markings.
The scabbard has a 2 3/8″ brass upper band with a cast loop in the back and a 4 1/4″ lower
band with prominent drag. The leather covering has some age fissures, but is in otherwise excellent condition with all its
Dirks have a long history in Scotland and elsewhere and have also
been considered a short sword. In the U.S, the dirk is considered a short weapon with either a straight blade or one exaggeratedly
curved which was worn by mainly naval officers when in undress uniform or on boat duty. It was still part of a midshipman’s
uniform in 1867.
Dirk: 19 1/4″ long overall. 14 1/4″ blade length. Hilt 5″ Max width
of blade 7/8″ Thickness of blade 3/8″ Weight 12 ounces
PROVENANCE: Reportedly from the Estate of a WW II Canadian senior
flying officer who fought in the Battle of Britain, and other campaigns. This dirk has been in storage for
the past 20 years.
Much of the gilding is present
CONDITION: Unmarked and undated, the brass work is in exceptionally
good condition with much of the original gilding present. There is some evidence of verdigris. The blade shows some
very light small spots of rust. The blade is in excellent condition with very little pitting and discoloration. It does
not have a edge and is smooth to the touch. The brass knuckle guard is tight in the hilt. The fish skin covered
or painted wood grip’s twisted two strand wire is in excellent condition. The condition of the scabbard is described
Without exception for its age and years
of use this is a first rate dirk with unknown origin.
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