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Hilt of dirk
This dirk is thought to have belonged to a French Naval officer from the captured French ship 'L'IntrÃ”Ã²Ã¡â”¬Â«pide'. The origin of the incomplete inscription (VIVA LA REPUBLICA DIâ”œÂ½Ã”Ã»Ãª_) is obscure and could refer either to the French Republic or to the French-dominated republic of Genoa. The original blade (as the dirk appears to have been repointed) would have borne the name of the republic and probably belonged to a small-sword. The small-sword, a weapon worn by the aristocracy, was disapproved of by the Revolutionaries.
- Image reference: E1361
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London