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This British Georgian Royal Naval Officer's or Volunteers First Class dirk dates to the first quarter of 1800s. Total length - 13", with a ~9" blade. The sculpted lion's head is nicely cast, and in good detail, and retains much of its original fire-gilding. The guard has a five-ball front loop. The gilding on the guard is worn, the reddish brass and the silver brazing of the loop onto the guard are peeking though. Round white bone grip is in excellent condition, with a nice patina. Curved blade is just shy of 9", has a 3.5" false edge, and shows signs of prior cleanings. Black leather scabbard is stitched fore and aft, leather is supple. The top locket has a silver escutcheon inset in the front. An elegant Georgian naval dirk.