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Postcard of Highland sword belt.
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Highland sword belt

This leather Highland sword belt with brass mounts dates from the 17th century.

Highland sword belt of leather with brass mountings, 16th to early 17th century

The Highland sword or 'dirk' was an all-purpose implement which evolved from the medieval dagger. Dirks could be tools, utensils for eating, and weapons. They were made in the Highlands by local craftsmen, and carried by most men.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-367-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NA 318
Date: 16th - early 17th century
17th century
Material: Leather; brass mountings
Dimensions: 1145 mm L x 25 mm W (max) x 14 mm D
What: Belt, sword
Subject: Costume, etc. (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Highlands
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