WW2 / George VI Presentation Royal Navy Officer's
Dirk, for sale
In good condition, a rare WW2 / George VI Presentation Royal Navy
Officer's Dirk, presented to Midshipman / Cadet Captain J A G Evans
Etched on blade; "Presented by H.M. King George VI, to Chief
Cadet Captain John Alan Godfrey Evans, 15th December 1941".
A G Evans was Captain of the cadets in training, but his rank
upon commissioning, as befitting of the dirk, was midshipman (1st
January 1942). Initially serving on the battleship HMS Nelson, John
Alan Godfrey Evans went on to be a submarine officer serving on
several subs, and was eventually promoted to Captain proper in 1966.
The 17 5/8 inch blade is worn, especially one side (the maker's
name "Gieves" can only just be made out, as can George
VI's royal cypher), but in good order and firm in the hilt. The
white fishskin grip is overall good, some lesser grip wire strands
a little astray, not much. The original sword knot is in good condition,
though with some age / wear. The leather and metal fittings scabbard
is generally good; the locking pin mechanism works well. The dirk
sheathes and draws well.
Very rare for these to come onto the market as there what not many
awarded by King George VI, and those that were are normally jealously
guarded by the family of the original officer. Don't wait too long,
it is very unlikely another will be along any time soon, if at all.
A great piece of WW2 naval history for only £1500. Please
quote item reference number AB87. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Box 0141-0.8 (1.223)
His 1960 officer's sword is here (when he was promoted to Commander)