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  1. Thank you Claudius. Some holes had to be done on the back so I could pass the filament through. This is not a professional work and I had no reference pictures, so I had to improvise. I’m sure this can be done better. I hope you find the pictures useful.
  2. After a long time I finally managed to have the dirks in place. I used a Trilene monofilament, but I suggest using a multifilament instead, just in case. The displays look pretty good. Thank you for your useful advice Brian! Cin
  3. Thank you Brian. As an experienced collector yourself, I value your feedback. Cin
  4. Hi Brian, Thank you so much for your reply and useful information. You got the idea right! I like the idea of using fishing line for *exactly* all the reasons you mention. I’m including a picture of the display case for the dirks, which will be exhibited in a room as part of a collection of Royal Navy items (museum style). I also include one with a jacket to show how the display case will look like when finished. I’ll post a picture of the finished case when I get the product and the items assembled. Cheers from River Plate, Cin
  5. I have a couple of dirks with their scabbards to place inside a framed display case, which has approximately 2 in. (5 cm) depth. I intend to place them in horizontal position. Do you know of any hooks or method to mount knives/dirks on a display case?
  6. I've been trying to find information about how this item was usually carried. What kind of frog is the one suitable for this kind of scabbard?
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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 thre
  11. 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 (bl
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