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
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.
French Naval dirk with brass scabbard. Checkered horn handleDUBIOUS 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.
Double edge straight blade with very minor spotting, Grey patinaCONDITION: 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″ WLength overall 12 1/8″ Blade 7 3/4″ L x 3/4″ W x 3/16″ T at widestWeight 7 ounces
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the Eastern Caribbean.
An elegant and rare early French First Empire naval dirk complete with original scabbard
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