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Exceptional 1930s Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Presentation Dirk, Twist-core Damascus blade

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An exceptionally rare 1930s Chinese Nationalist dirk made with a twist-core damascus blade.  This is the second such dagger we have had in our collection, see here for another sold in 2014, when our thinking was that it was an Inspector General's dagger due to the sheaves of wheat along the crossguard.

However, since then our research indicates that due to the style of the lion along the spine and pommel which is close in form and type to that found on Nationalist General's Lion swords, coupled with the twistcore blade (of similar form found on the example sold by us in 2014), we believe these to have been Nationalist General's Presentation dirks.  

This example retaining the original scabbard and the blade with two brass fittings elegantly decorated with a plum blossom motif found on many Nationalist period daggers.  The plum blossom is a symbol of resilience in the face of adversity, and has three stamens symbolizing Sun Yat-sen's Three Principles of the People, and five petals, which represent the five branches of the Nationalist government. 

The form of the lion is quite distinct and different from the earlier Beiyang Period warlord swords (see here for one we currently have available for sale).  A photo below displays a Nationalist Lion General's sword in the Taiwan Military Museum (still currently being given to General's and officers in the Republic of China-Taiwan) and shows that it closely approximates the lion form on this dirk, even to the dimple in the leg. 

The twistcore blade of classic dirk form, double-edged but resembling more a jian blade of early vintage. The twisted damascus core clearly visible and highly distinct with hardened edges.

OAL 18", blade 11 1/2".

Exceptionally rare and an important collector's object for a collector of Chinese arms and armor.

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