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Blackrose

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    British Naval Swords, Royal Navy Uniforms, Age of Sail

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  1. As I'm in the process of finishing with the cleaning of a dirk blade, I wonder which product is better to apply afterwards when I get the item on display: Renaissance Wax or Ballistol?
  2. Thank you for your suggestion Mike. I have sent an e-mail to Gieves & Hawkes three weeks ago, but still no reply. Now that you mention it, I'll send it again. They even have a special section in their website for the military http://www.gievesandhawkes.com/military.html
  3. I know this post is old, but I can contribute with two nice books I own on the subject: Dressed to Kill: British Naval Uniform, Masculinity and Contemporary Fashions, 1748-1857 by Amy Miller https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0948065745 The Thin Red Line: Uniforms of the British Army Between 1751 and 1914 by D. S. V. and B. K. Fosten. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1872004008 EDIT: Duh, WWI... my bad.
  4. I own what seems to be a Lieutenant/Officer's bicorn from Gieves Ltd. I'm not sure about its date, but it should be at least from 1918 when Gieves moved to 21 Old Bond Street. It's a size 4/55cm which I find rare because it's a small size, so I assume it belonged to a very young officer. It's in pretty good condition, though it has 2 details. The bullion on top is loose and the button was missing. Luckily, I had an original one from Gaunt maker to go with it. I'm trying to restore it but I don't have information on how the button should be sewn. It looks like it should be sewn with a long thread to reach the bicorn's surface, but I'm not sure. I will appreciate any help on the subject.
  5. I have recently purchased a Midshipman's dirk from maker Ellyett which I'm carefully restoring (cleaning and polishing). It's in very good condition, except for the tip of the blade that is slightly broken and some rust patches that appear inactive. The only source of information I have on RN dirks is the book "British Naval Swords and Swordsmanship" by John McGrath and Mark Barton, which confirms its date. However, I found no information on the maker. I'd be grateful if someone wishes to share information about the maker and reference material about RN dirks in general. Total length (blade + hilt): 16.5in (41.9cm) Cypher: Queen Victoria As this is my first post in this very interesting community, I'd like to thank the team behind it for such a great initiative.
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