This is an excellent Scottish Highland fighting dirk dating to the 19th Century. The non-traditional dirk has a forged iron cross guard not often found on Highland dirks. This dirk was a family piece and comes from the Aberdeen area of northeast Scotland.
The 257mm pipe-backed blade terminates in a double-edged spear point and retains a very sharp fighting edge. The broad blade is 37mm wide at the ricasso with a 9mm thick pipe-backed spine at the shoulder. The blade is double-edged for the final 90mm.
The blade has been cleaned and is in overall good condition with `use-related scratches and sharpening marks and some very shallow pitting towards the point.
The hilt has a forged iron cross-piece and bolster with a stag antler grip. The antler has a great age patina. The hilt is finished with a brass disk through which the tang is peened.
The dirk is complete with its black leather sheath with brass mounts. The locket has a key-hole opening to accommodate the pipe back. Both locket and chape have a decorative toothed border and the locket has bears a hanging ring. The leather of the scabbard is in good condition with slight age-related crazing to the finish. Remnants of a leather thong remain threaded through the seam. This would have been used to assist in securing the dirk to the wearer. The stitching is intact and the dirk sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the sheath.
This is an excellent, large 19th Century Scottish Highland fighting dirk.
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