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    A form we have not previously encountered

    Identified Silver and Gold Mounted U.S. Naval Officer's Dirk, Circa 1800. "Baltimore" style, but the first example we've seen with a curved blade. 9.25" overall, curved, double edged, 5.5" blade with median ridge. Blade excellent but showing surface evidence of sharpening, the blade retaining its original width and traces of the original fire blue. Silver hilt with engraved shell like langets, floral engraving on grip ferrules and clamshell like pommel which is dented on both sides. S-shaped guard with deeply cross hatched quillons. We believe the wooden grip is a very old replacement, the original probably being ivory as is normally encountered on these dirks. Silver scabbard with reinforced throat and bulbous tip, vine like engraving on the reverse. The 0.5" circular frog stud is gold. Lightly scratched on the face of the scabbard "Benjamin Estill the year 1837" This is apparently Benjamin Estill of Hansonville, Virginia (1780 - 1853), or quite possibly his son, and certainly worthy or further research. A very scarce American dirk with a fascinating history.

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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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