Object Title

Dagger and sheath - Push dagger

Dagger and sheath - Push dagger

Date

1900-1930

Object Number

X.1760

Provenance

Purchased October 1999

Physical Description

Aluminium grip which accommodates three fingers inside the knucklebow, with room for one around the 'pommel'. Straight, double-edged blade set at right angles to the grip, with a central double fuller. Brown leather sheath, much worn, has retention loop with brass button fastening.

Dimensions

ScabbardWeight30g
ScabbardWeight0.06lb
DaggerWeight200kg
DaggerWeight0.4lb
Daggerlength6.3in.
Daggerlength160mm
Bladelength4.8in.
Bladelength124mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Lettering
WF
butt cap
engraved
Manufacturer's markpommel cap
stamped
Handwritingreverse of the scabbard
handwritten in ink

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

Robbins of Dudley originally sepcialised in basic blacksmith ironwork, but began producing knives during the First World War (Stephens (1980), see below for full reference).


For a similar dagger, see Royal Armouries X.173
For similar dagger, and other knives by Robbins, see Stephens 'Fighting Knives, Arms and Armour Press, London, (1980), Chpt. 5 pp.47-49


Kings Own RLR refers to the Kings Own Royal Lancaster regiment. The Army Lists refer to Captain Fawcett as being in the 1st/5th Battallion Kings own Royal Lancasters, a territorial battalion based at Preston Road, Lancaster. He is listed as a 2nd Lieutenant on 19th August 1907, as a Lieutenant on 19th July 1909 and as a Captain on 1st May 1914. He is still listed as a Captain in 1919. Information from the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum (see letter of 25 October on inventory file) adds that Fawcett certainly travelled out to France with the Battalion in 1915, where they were involved in several major battles including Ypres and the Somme. See inventory file for further information, and for (photocopied) photographs of Fawcett in 1915/1916.