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Hilt of dirk, after 1856
Dirk, after 1856, which belonged to Commander William Edward May (1899-1989). The hilt of the dirk consists of a straight crosspiece with inversed acorn ends. In the centre of the crosspiece on the obverse, is a crown and foul anchor motif surrounded by a laurel wreath. The dirk has a gilt lion's head pommel and back-piece. The white fish-skin grip is bound with three gilt wires. The straight, flat-backed steel blade is bevelled towards the point. The obverse of the blade is engraved on the shoulder with a proof mark, and the Royal arms, with decoration above and below. The reverse of the blade is engraved with the name 'Gieves' and a crown over a foul anchor, with decoration above and below. The black leather scabbard has one gilt locket with two rings, and a chape.
- Image reference: E1199
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London