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Object ID 1953.002
Object Name Dirk
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of Mrs. John Pilling Wright
Year Range from 1941
Year Range to 1944
Description Japanese World War II era naval dirk with an 8 1/2" long unmarked steel blade that has a 6 1/4" long fuller. The hilt has a copper cross guard and white shagreen grip that is wrapped in copper wire and embellished on each side with a small copper flower. The pommel has a heart-shaped cut out and is decorated with floral reliefs. The scabbard is shark or ray skin-covered wood with a brass throat that has two rings opposite each other. The throat is decorated with floral reliefs in a scattered, asymmetrical pattern. The tip of the scabbard also has a 4 1/2" long brass tip that is decorated with floral reliefs and cut-out designs.
Dimensions W-0.75 L-12.5 inches
Dimension Details Overall length of dirk; width of blade at widest point; scabbard is 10 1/2" long x 1" wide (not including the rings).
Owned Sergeant Leslie C. Pack
Provenance According to the donor, this dirk was captured from a Japanese officer on Lord Howe's Island, Admiralty Group, by Sergeant Leslie C. Pack, Seventh Regiment, First Cavalry Division, in July 1944.
Subjects Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
World War II
Search Terms Naval Dirks
World War II
Twentieth Century
Material Steel; copper; brass; shagreen grip; shark or ray skin & wood scabbard
Place of Origin Japan
Event World War II