American Eagle Head Dirk

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5.25 in. spear point blade with oval cross section, 9 in. in overall length. Baluster turned bone grip with Eagle head pommel cap and 3.125 in. long guard. Mounts are not hall marked and are probably coin silver. Blued blade etched with floral motifs on both sides, and with an American Eagle on the reverse and panoplies of arms on the obverse, all highlighted with gold gilt. Silver plated metal scabbard with suspension two rings.

Provenance: N. Flayderman and Co., Inc.

Condition: Good to very good overall. Blade retains some original bright blued finish, which had faded and dulled to a dark blue-gray patina. Etched decorations remain clear and retain much of their original gold gilt. The mounts have a medium pewter patina and remain in fine condition. The bone grip has two large chips at the base of the pommel cap, as well as some longitudinal cracks. The eagle head pommel cap is loose and will rotate. The scabbard has a chip missing at the throat on the obverse and shows some minor bumps and dings, but retains much of its original silver plated finish, with the expected dulling and tarnishing. A really attractive early American naval dirk worthy of a quality restoration to include with a collection of Eagle Head swords.

EST $ 700 - 1200

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This item is part of Historic Firearms & Militaria 2-Day Live Auction
 Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 | 10:00 AM  Eastern
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American Eagle Head Dirk
American Eagle Head Dirk
Lot number: 19
Seller: Cowan's Auctions
Event: Historic Firearms & Militaria 2-Day Live Auction
Ends: Wednesday, November 2 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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