Looted Vietnamese knife

450.00

North Vietnam – early 20th century

Materials: Steel, Iron, Brass, Bone, Pigskin leather, organic rope.

Status: Available

450.00

Description

A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914.A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914.A fine Vietnamese fighting knife with wide blade. The hilt is made of bone and carved with horizontal grooves to give it more grip. The blade is riveted to the brass rounded pommel. The guard is decorated with a filed motif, but the front and back are flat and undecorated as is often seen on Chinese examples. The blade is straight, short and quite heavy. The spine of the blade is near flat and straight, while the cutting edge tapers towards the tip.
A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914. A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914.

The origin of these knives is often attributed to the ‘Black Flag Army’, a group of bandits and outlaws who were involved in several battles in the border district between China and Vietnam. Knives like these were often made around 1860-1880, but later used by pirates and outlaws. Even by Chinese gangsters in the United States up till the early 20th century. Since this example is rather slim, it could be made to conceal within a sleeve or hidden within the owners clothes.
An interesting feature is a handwritten text on the scabbard in French, which can be translated as ‘Combat prize of Gid-L’Hue – 24-2-1914’ which was during the French colonial period in then called Indo China.

A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914.
A close up of the written ‘ Prix au Combat de Gid- L’Hue 24/2 1914.

Condition: Excellent, including its original pig skin leather scabbard.

Dimensions:
Blade length: 19.5cm
Blade spine thickness: 8mm
Blade thickness: 2.9cm
Hilt: 9.5cm
Scabbard: 20cm
Total length: 29cm

Weight: 214 gr.
A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914. A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914.
A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914. A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914. A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914. A Fine Vietnamese dagger with bone hilt, dated as combat loot in 1914.

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