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Original Early 20th Century French Navy Brass Handle Diver's Knife with Scabbard - RARE

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Original Item: One of a Kind. This is a rare example of an early 20th Century French Navy Diver's Knife, complete with the original brass scabbard. We have consulted many historical photographs, and the style of the handle and the type of securing nut on the end of the pommel definitely match the French style. They are similar to those used by Germany, however the shape of the handle and scabbard are different from the more angular German design. Originals are almost never seen on the market, as most were lost long ago during a dive or melted down for the brass. This example is completely correct and genuine, with a lovely aged patina on the exterior.

Condition is very good, and the blade does not appear to have been sharpened, or used much, though it unfortunately has stained and oxidized over the years. The original factory final grind marks can still be seen between the rust stains. The sealing washer for the scabbard is missing. The bottom of the scabbard is rounded, correct for French diver's knives.

The only example we've ever had, ready to display!

Dimensions:
Blade length: 7 1/4”
Blade Style: Single Edged with Spear Point
Overall length: 12 1/8”
Crossguard: 1 1/2”
Scabbard length: 8 1/2"
Length in Scabbard: 13" 

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