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From the Highlands

Postcard of Dirk.
© National Museums Scotland


The Highland dirk was an all-purpose implement which evolved from the medieval dagger. This example dates from the late 18th century.

The dirk has a plain sheath, a carved wooden hilt and silver mounts. It is engraved with the owners initials 'DR'.

Dirks could be tools, utensils for eating, and weapons. They were made by local craftsmen and carried by most men.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-770-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LC 64
Date: 18th century
Late 18th century
Material: Wood hilt; silver mounts. Inscription: D.R.
Dimensions: 532 mm L x 42 mm max W x 41 mm max D
What: Dirk / sheath
Subject: Daggers, dirks (NMAS Classification)
Where: Highland
Description: Highland dirk with a plain sheath, carved wooden hilt and silver mounts, initialled D.R., 18th century
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