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Original British East India Company Naval Officer's Dirk With Silver Burma Campaign Medal c.1824-26

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Original items: One Set Available. This is an exceptionally nice and honest bone-handled 23 inch long Naval Officer's dirk with an 18 inch curved blade. The brass hilt culminating in a brass Lion's Head Pommel. Attached and secured to the cross guard is the Official Campaign Medal in Solid Silver for the FIRST ANGLO-BURMA War, clearly having been awarded to this Officer for his participation.

The war broke out in 1824 with the Burmese Commander in Chief, MAHA BANDULA, ordering an invasion of the SHALPURI ISLANDS, which had been claimed by the British East India Company in the Bay of Bengal in January 1824. The British E.I.C. administration based in Culcutta in the North were already concerned with Burmese expansionism, and landed a 10,000 man force at the Port of Yangon in May of 1824. The war took two years to conclude, with the complete capitulation of the Burmese forces coming after the Battles of DANUBU in September and PROME in December of 1825. Finally a Treaty was signed in February 1826 at YANDABO bring Burma ultimately under British control.

The Silver Medal depicts the Elephant of Ava crouching before the British Lion under a British Union Jack flag with the Burmese flag submissively lowered. The rear of the Medal shows a scene of the storming of the Pagoda at Rangoon with a message in Persian stating:-


Both the British Naval Dirk and the Silver Medal in fine Condition, with a great patina of age. Ready to display.
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