Wilkinson Presentation Commando Knife and sheath

Wilkinson Presentation Commando Knife and sheath
Title
Wilkinson Presentation Commando Knife and sheath
Date 
1944-1945
Medium 
Steel, brass, leather
Dimensions 
Overall: 13 1/8 x 2 x 1 in. ( 33.3 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm )
Description 
Dagger with double-edged steel blade which is diamond-shaped in cross section; elliptical steel guard; elongated baluster-shaped brass grip with textured surface and flattened ball finial; leather sheath with metal tip and tab pierced for attachment to belt.
Credit Line 
Gift of Charles Thomas Miller
Object Number 
1952.47ab
Marks 
etched: on obverse of blade: "THE / F S / FIGHTING / KNIFE." etched: on reverse of blade: "CHARLES T. MILLER 32862595" (on banner) and "WILKINSON / SWORD / Co. Ltd. / LONDON"
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this dagger was made in London for the donor's personal use during the projected invasion of Europe by Allied troops (June 1944). The donor was then a Master-Sergeant in 3908 Signal Service Battalion, Photo GHQ, U.S. Army.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group