An extraordinary fighting knife or sidearm
Scottish Weapons, Dirks
An extraordinary fighting knife or sidearm, English or Scottish late 18th or early 19th Century, broad (almost 2”) double edged blade of shallow diamond section. Brass mounts, crosspiece with down turned rounded finials, swollen fluted ebony grip. In its brass mounted leather sheath tooled with stars, flower heads and linear decoration, mouth of locket lined with red morocco leather.
Blade length 14¾” (37cms). Overall length 21¼” (54.5cms).
Provenance: Fettercairn House, Kincardineshire Scotland. Home of the Forbes of Pitsligo beginning with Sir William Forbes, 6th Baronet (1739-1806); latterly home of the Lords Clinton, the Bowes-Lyon and Somervell families. More details available.