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Royal Naval Midshipman’s Dirk 1879 Pattern This Midshipman’s Dirk has its Sharks skin (Shagreen) grip with the standard gilt fittings, gilt brass lion head pommel, etc.
This comes with its original scabbard which has both suspension rings. The overall condition is good , no damage to any of the grip or scabbard, the shagreen is in great condition and the wire binding is perfect.
The etchings on the blade are worn and there are a few small nicks to the edge of the blade. Royal Kings Crown coat of arms to one side and the anchor to the other.
The scabbard is in great condition , tight stitching with no dents.
This also comes with its Leather and pig skin case, of which ive never seen before, this is still soft and pliable, it has a draw string to the top, strap and buckle fix, the strap is missing
Royal Naval Midshipman’s Dirk 1879 Pattern
Total length is 24.7/5..
Proof of age and identity will be required to purchase this item.
A dirk is a long bladed thrusting dagger. Historically, it was a personal weapon of officers engaged in naval hand-to-hand combat during the Age of Sail as well as the personal sidearm of Highlanders. It was also used by the officers, pipers, and drummers of Scottish Highland regiments around 1800 and by Japanese naval officers.
A thrusting weapon, the naval dirk was originally used as a boarding weapon and functional fighting dagger. It was worn by midshipmen and officers during the days of sail, gradually evolving into a ceremonial weapon and badge of office. In the Royal Navy, the naval dirk is still presented to junior officers; their basic design has changed little in the last 500 years.
The naval dirk (Polish kordzik, Russian кортик) became part of the uniform of naval officers and civilian officials in the Navy Department of the Russian Empire and in the Soviet navy an element of the dress uniform of officers. Later, it became an element of other uniforms as well, e.g. of officers in the Russian and Polish army and air force and of the police forces in some countries.[clarification needed]