Classic example of large dirk proportions needed to defend against a close, clandestine attack in situations such as waterfront/wharf or in a public house, where a long sword would be less effective. 15 1/2 flattened diamond section blade decorated with military trophies and abstract rococo motifs. Spirally reeded ivory grip. Brass mounts with thick recurved cross guard, banded ferrule and marching pommel cap with diamond form tang mount. Mounts undoubtedly gilt originally, now with medium brown patina and two tiny cracks to the guard edge. Grip sound with some cracks and neat filling. Blade shows medium gray patina with a little wear partially obscuring the decoration and some minor honest edge nicks. A well used example of a type which enabled a, perhaps colonial American, merchant or tradesman to function in the fringe area of society.