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Large British RNR Midshipman’s Dagger w/ Scabbard

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Start price: $450

Estimated price: $800 - $1,200

Buyer's premium: 25%

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Large British RNR (Royal Navy Reserve) midshipman’s dagger with scabbard and hefty blade, measures 1” W at the ricasso. Obverse is acid etched marked with the “Star of Damascus” quality mark and is stamped Proved. Acid etched marked on reverse of the ricasso Batson /London. Exquisitely etched scrolled leaf motif, lion and unicorn flanked coat of arms, and crown over anchor with overlaid letters RNR. Sewn seam leather scabbard with correct brass mounts, but with the release latch removed. Oversized grip has intact twisted retaining wire around the ray skin covered wood grip. The gilt lion head pommel, crossguard and ferrule retain much of the original gilding. The scabbard is also of larger proportion than most examples. Size 23" L, blade 17 1/2" L

ex-San Diego private collection