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Old 24th February 2020, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default Strange dirk.

Hi gents,
Please help me to identify this small dirk. There is a maker's mark on the crossguard that I cannot identify.
The mark looks like: THOMPSON LATE HOLMES ?
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Old 24th February 2020, 08:01 PM   #2
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Sorry, don't recognize the maker. This is a so-called 'gambler's dirk', made popular in the 1850's-early 1900's period in N America. Many were made here, but also many manufactured in the UK for export here. The horn checker-patterned grips are classic for these pieces. Frequently hidden in a boot or, for the 'soiled doves' (i.e. Dance hall ladies), stashed in a garter for quick access if set upon by an aggressive customer.

Here's one with an ivory grip-

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthope...lers-1801728987

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Old 25th February 2020, 12:33 PM   #3
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Old 25th February 2020, 02:01 PM   #4
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grip looks a lot like mine, what's the blade length?

Mine is here: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=24996

19cm blade, checkered gutta percha grip
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The blade length is 16 cm.
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Old 25th February 2020, 11:57 PM   #6
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A nice easily concealable blade. Wayne's post also offers more of the colorful uses of these type dirks by the 'painted ladies'. Pretty nice find and an interesting history to bat!
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Old 26th February 2020, 12:34 PM   #7
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Yes, very good post.
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Old 26th February 2020, 02:14 PM   #8
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Very interesting, guys! Thanks for posting!

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