A rare and very early example! The acid etched sailing ship blade on this one looks fine. The stamped "ACS' maker mark is beautifully executed! The tip comes to a sharp point and the etch remains nicely detailed. The blade on this one rates Exc/Exc+. There is some surface oxidization spotting along with the common age grey throughout. This piece was created with a pierced pommel. Which means that it has never been taken apart and cannot be taken apart. The brass based, gold gilded, hammered scabbard looks great! The bands are the early reef knot type which have been nicely hand enhanced. The upper band has been period repaired, being soldered back on. It continues to remain completely dent free, which is quite hard to find on these very early brass scabbards! Now I must mention that when I got this piece the throat retaining screw was missing and the throat could easily come off. It also had no runners, so I fixed it by adding the correct wood runners and adding a screw. The throat no longer comes off and the dagger now sits properly inside the scabbard. The brass based hilt and early flaming ball pommel are beautifully detailed with the fouled anchor and hand enhanced pommel on top! The hilt and scabbard match in color and patina. The "mourning" type black celluloid or possibly horn based grip looks excellent. The double twisted brass wire wrap remains completely intact! One that doesn't come around that often so if you want it now is the time!
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