Royal Thai Navy Dagger w/Double-Etched Blade (#26785)

Royal Thai Navy Dagger w/Double-Etched Blade (#26785)

Maker: E. & F. Hörster ∙ Solingen ·, sword within “H” double-oval above “Germany”TM; Condition: EX++.; SOLD

$845.00

SOLD

E. & F. Hörster Solingen ·, sword within “H” double-oval above “Germany”TM.  A photograph of this pattern dagger can be found on page 415, of DIRKS Of The World by D. Fedurin. As stated in the above reference, “In 1947-1992, the rule in the country [Thailand] went from one junta to another. It was most probably during that time that officers of the Navy, the Army, the Air Force, and the police received dirks specially developed for those arms”.  This dagger was produced prior to 1996 as the Hörster Firm ceased operations in November of that year. Gilded, cast brass hilt fittings retain much of the frosted gilding on the superbly detailed elephant head pommel, slotted pommel screw, smooth backstrap, ridged ferrule and recurved crossguard with scabbard release button. The single-edged, double-etched, plated blade measuring 9 ¾” in length grades EX++/Near MINT showing only minor surface wear/runner marks with no graying, lifting or nicks to cutting edge, and is complete with dark green felt buffer pad.  Both obverse and reverse blade feature 8 ¼” long etched panels consisting of floral motifs on a frosted gray background. At the ricasso end of the obverse etch is a detailed motif of the world famous Buddhist temple of WAT ARUN Bangkok landmark. The temple, built in Khmer style, has a central tower that rises 260 feet high. Both etched panels retain 100% of the light gray frosted background.  The black leather covered scabbard shows only minor age to the leather with no rips, tears or depressions. The upper and lower gilded brass fittings show minor age patina/surface wear with one faint “ping” to the obverse lower fitting. Both fittings feature scalloped inner edges and the upper fitting is complete with left and right, side-mounted suspension rings. Nice example of a rarely seen Royal Thai dagger manufactured by one of the famous Solingen edged weapons companies. Thai daggers normally encountered on the collector market are inferior quality, in-country produced  examples. EX++.; SOLD