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Mid 19C British Royal Navy Ship of the Line Gunner's Dirk, Sold

In sound condition, a scarce mid 19C British Royal Navy Ship of the Line Gunner's Dirk.

Mid 19C British Royal Navy Ship of the Line Gunner's Dirk

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Marked "B4" to the langet, this large lion's head dirk could only have been issued to a gunner on a RN ship of the line; "B Deck, Weapon 4". Gunners being senior to Midshipmen, the normal wearers of dirks (many midshipmen became gunners to progress their careers); Gunners being senior to the gun crew "Gunner's mates".

The 17 1/2 inch blade is in overall good condition, some black rust patches, a steady patina, firm in the hilt. The brass hilt having suffered from harsh service conditions (a few bends and bumps) but is sound. The grip is an old replacement. The original leather and brass fittings scabbard is actually good for its age to say the least. The dirk sheathes and draws well, but does not sheath fully due to leather shrinkage.

A scarce item at a good low price, just £? (too late, now sold) . Please quote item reference S50 (0661). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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