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David Watson





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PostPosted: Mon 14 Feb, 2011 12:53 pm    Post subject: Dagger Identification         Reply with quote

Hi All,

I'm looking to identify this dagger. What I believe its history is that my grandfather brought this back from WWI.
The dagger is approximatly 14" long 1 1/2 " wide, it has a very thin blade about 3mm at its maximum.
Just looking for some background to its age and country of origin.

Thanks



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Christopher Gregg




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Feb, 2011 1:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks to be African, maybe late 19th, early to mid 20th century.
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David Watson





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PostPosted: Tue 15 Feb, 2011 12:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Christopher this was my assumption also after google image search. But good to get a second opinion.
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Russ Ellis
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PostPosted: Tue 15 Feb, 2011 6:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

More specifically a Taureg piece, values are typically nominal.


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David Watson





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PostPosted: Tue 15 Feb, 2011 10:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cheers Russ and Christopher really nice to get some expert opinion and finally get an origin of the blade. Very much appreciated.
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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Tue 15 Feb, 2011 10:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David: Maybe it's just your pics but the blade looks like it has a lot of red rust on the surface and this should at least be neutralized to stop continuing rusting.

With a valuable piece I would say be careful how much or how far you go cleaning an antique but with this one it may not be too much of a factor but to keep it's patina and history I wouldn't try to polish it bright but at least neutralize the rust and oil the surface.

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