Dirk (detail)

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possibly from Strathspey, Highlands

Postcard of Dirk (detail).
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Dirk (detail)

The Highland dirk was an all-purpose implement which evolved from the medieval dagger. This detail shows the wooden handle of an 18th century dirk, said to be from Strathspey in the Highlands.

The handle is carved with hearts and a pattern of interlacing.

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: 000-190-001-321-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LC 86
Date: 18th century
Material: Wood grip; brass disc
What: Dirk
Subject: Daggers, dirks (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Strathspey
Description: Dirk, with a wooden grip decorated with interlace, hearts, a flat-topped pommel with a brass disc and a quatrefoil tang, said to be from Strathspey, 18th century
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