An excellent and unique example of a British Napoleonic Naval Officer's Fighting Dirk. Looks like this is a bespoke naval dirk made specially for an officer in the Royal Navy. This is indicated by the very unusual carved ivory decoration to the hilt that takes the form of an inter-twined belt or garter(?). I would summise that this is related to either the officer's family name or the ship that he served on - is very intriguing. The gilt brass crossguard is formed from decorative acorns that are an indication of its British Royal Navy connection - acorns were a popular motif on swords and dirks of the period. Blade is of triangular form and would have been a wickedly effective stabbing weapon - plain, fighting blade in good condition. Blade length is 13 inches (18.5 inches).
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