This is a consignment item. It is a very handsome naval officer’s miniature dagger. The dagger measures 7 ½” in length. It could have been used on an officer’s desk as a display piece or as a letter opener. It is also possible that it was used as a salesman’s sample when he offered daggers to military effects stores or sold them directly in Navy offices.
The sword features a highly detailed scabbard with all of its expected small fillips. It displays the double hoops whereby a full-sized dagger was hung from its officer’s belt. In real life the dagger’s grip often was made of ivory or walrus tusk. The white grip is wire-wrapped. A highly-detailed Hohenzollern Crown serves as the dagger’s pommel.
The miniature’s blade is unadorned with NO engraving whatsoever. A full-sized dagger, however, would have displayed a great deal of engraving featuring naval motifs. Naturally, a well-heeled officer’s dagger might have sported a Damascus-steel blade.
It has been quite awhile since we have offered one of these fine pieces to you. This beauty is in prime condition.