19th century DIRK

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button_man
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19th century DIRK

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Hello everyone..... I just picked up this nasty-looking dirk at a local flea market last weekend. No markings of any kind; no sheath either. Amazingly, the blade and guard are absolutely tight -- not the slightest bit of play or wobble. The seller told me that the knife came out of an old barn in Cumberland County, Maine. (I figured that I couldn't go too far wrong for $35.)

Can anybody offer insight as to the approximate age, and any other information..... even speculative? My entirely uneducated guess is early-to-mid 1800s, but this is just a guess. I've seen any number of very old knives; but they are usually kitchen knives, hunting knives, etc. This knife is the first one that I've bought that appears to be this old and that was clearly intended for 'serious business'. The Civil War? Piracy? Who knows...... any help much appreciated !

(The photos show each side of the knife) (OAL = 10 1/8" / blade = 5 7/8")
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rithvich
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Re: 19th century DIRK

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It's very crude. Tough thing about knives like this is it could be much older then your guess or it could have been made by a teenager learning iron work in the 1970's.

Let us know what you turn up.
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rock-n-roll$$$$$$
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Re: 19th century DIRK

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I think that it could be old, or not that old,very hard to say,my I ask is there a edge on it?,please keep up in the loop.
button_man
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Re: 19th century DIRK

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I suppose that it could have been made within the last 50 years or so; but the seller (whom I trust somewhat) mentioned that the whole place was loaded with antique items and that there wasn't anything there that was new, or even new-ish. Yes, it could have been just a story.... but I have bought good stuff from him in the past and never been disappointed. This is the same guy who sold me that nice Latima (which I mentioned in another post) for $45.

There is no real edge on the dirk. I can draw it firmly across my fingers with no harm whatsoever. BTW, you can see in the photos that there appears to be some sort of primitive cement or bonding agent right around the hole in the guard, to hold the blade firmly in place.

I've thought of sending the photos to one of the arms experts that you see on "Pawn Stars" or "Antiques Roadshow" but those guys must be flooded with hundreds of requests every year from people wanting appraisals or information. I doubt if they reply to anything unless they have a chance to pick up something rare and valuable from someone who doesn't really know what he has. I was hoping that somebody here would know something. If I find out anything more, I'll come back and post it.
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Re: 19th century DIRK

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thank' for the up date.
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natcherly
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Re: 19th century DIRK

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Looks really crude, like a blacksmith put together from pieces of scrap. Unfortunately, just because something may be old does not mean it is valuable or has historical significance.
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