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    Inscribed Etched Blade American Silver Mounted Naval Dirk C. 1810. A known form generally associated with the Baltimore/Philadelphia area. 9 1/2" overall with 5 3/4" heavy double edged blade with median ridge. The blade is etched for 3/4 of its length with floral and scroll motifs. Blade generally smooth and gray with etching showing some wear. Elaborate all silver hilt with serrated edge on cross guard. Guard just slightly bent but no cracks or breaks, else the hilt is perfect with nice untouched dark patina. All silver scabbard with the obverse nearly covered by scroll engraving with frog stud decorated with floral rosette. The reverse of the scabbard bears the script name "J. C. Ford". The only inscribed example of one of these we've ever seen. Scabbard with some scattered dents with two particularly noteworthy ones near the bottom including a small crack, but totally intact and very sound. Scabbard also with nice patina. A rare little American dirk and especially desirable with this period inscription.

    From the estate of Houston collector Brent Burg.


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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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