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Straight-bladed dirk, the hilt of the dirk consists of an eight-sided piece of ivory, with a gilt crosspiece with inversed ends. The eight-sided pommel has a prominent tang button. The pommel is engraved on three sides with the words 'M', 'Mid' and 'S'. The dirk has a straight, double-edged steel blade, with a groove running almost to the point. The black leather scabbard is decorated with tooled motifs of crossed lines and drops. The reverse of the locket is engraved with the words 'GIVEN TO MID HORATIO NELSON R.N. H.M.S. RAISONNABLE BY MAURICE SUCKLING R.N. 1770'. It is likely that the dirk may have been made as early as 1770 and could therefore have belonged to Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). The inscription on the dirk, which refers to Nelson however is almost certainly bogus and probably dates from the middle of the 19th century.
- Image reference: E5495
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London