Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK. See our website andrewbottomley.com. Ref 2795. A good and rare Napoleonic era brass mounted Naval Dirk circa 1770- 1800. The 23 inch blade is made from a cut down sword blade, as was quite usual at this date. Brass cross-guard and typical squared matching pommel. The grip of fluted wood possibly ebony. Good untouched condition. Total length 29 inches. No scabbard. In well used condition showing signs of genuine use and wear. An excellent example of a scarce Napoleonic era naval dirk. This type was also carried at the time of the American Revolutionary wars. Ref 2795. Naval forces began to carry dirks in the mid 18th century. Dirks probably first originated with the Danish or British Navy and were carried by many different nationalities over the years. During the era 1770 - 1810, the Officer/ Midshipmen strength of the British Royal Navy varied from around three to six thousand men, Early paintings show naval dirks being worn by both high-ranking Naval Officers as well as Midshipmen. Later on Naval dirks began to be worn by Naval Officers and Midshipmen on dress occasions in place of the sword. Many fighting dirks from the Napoleonic era are found with either a straight double edged blade and sometimes with a curved blade for use in close quarter fighting. If you wish to purchase this item please visit our website andrewbottomley.com where you can pay by credit/debit card or bank transfer at no extra charge. Established 1968.