Original Japanese WWII M1883 Naval Officers Dirk with Brass Mounted Leather Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Item Available. This is a very nice example of an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Model 1883 Officers Dress / Parade Dirk, complete with its brass-mounted leather scabbard. As with Naval Dirks in Europe, they were given to officers when they were first commissioned, and were not intended to be any type of functional weapon. They began to be issued starting in the 1880s, and their use continued until the end of WWII.
In design, it is similar to a small Japanese Tanto, but of much lesser quality. The hilt is an ornate cast copper or bronze example, with very nice pebbling on the pommel and collar. It has a very nice stingray skin grip, with the original brass wire binding fully intact. The hilt is held in place by a brass Cherry Blossom cross pin, which we have not attempted to remove. Blade is in excellent condition for the age, showing honest wear from storage. Guard and pommel cap show wear to the original gold washed finish. The guard is still tight with the handle and blade. Overall, the dagger is in very nice condition.
There is a scabbard lock built into the scabbard that still secures the dagger. The scabbard (saya) is brass-mounted leather, with the same cherry-blossom motifs and pebbling as seen on the grip mounts. The brass still retains most of its gold wash. The leather is in good condition, and not dry, with the original stitching strong and intact.
Blade Length: 8 ¾ inches
Handle Length: 4 ½ inches
Total Length: 13 ⅛ inches
Sheath Length: 11 ⅞ inches
Total Length of Dagger in Sheath: 16 ¼ inches
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