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BRITISH NAVAL WW1 MIDSHIPMAN DAGGER WITH PRESENTATION ENGRAVED BLADE, THE CAPTAINS AWARD.
Brass lions head hilt still retaining some gilt finish, crossguard features a crowned anchor.Superb18 inch long double etched blade is in mint condition, the obverse side has long decorative panel featuring crowned anchor and a presentation inscription, CHIEF CADET CAPTAINS AWARD, SIDNEY BOUCHER, R.N.COLLEGE DARTMOUTH, 31TH MARCH 1915, the obverse side also features a long decorative panel featuring Royal cypher with crown above, Royal coat of arms and makers details, GIEVE, MATTHEWS & SEAGROVE LTD, LONDON, PORTSMOUTH AND DEVONPORT. The black leather scabbard with matching brass mounts is in excellent condition. Complete with blue and gold bullion portepee knot. Sidney Boucher was born on the 17.9.1899, when he was of age he joined the British navy and by 1915 he was a RN midshipman, promoted to officer rank in January1918, he received steady promotion after that achieving the rank of Captain in 1942. During WW2 he commanded at least two naval warships, the destroyers, HMS Highlander and HMS Tyne. In 1943 he was mentioned in dispatches and in 1946 he was awarded the CBE. Captain Boucher retired from the Royal navy in 1951. A superb and very rare naval presentation dirk and certainly worthy of further research. [Condition: Near Mint]