Scottish C.1700’s Highland Knife

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A truly superb and original Scottish C.1700's Highland Knife.  I would date this knife to around the first quarter to half of the 18th Century and is of type that would have been worn at the time of the Battle of Culloden (1746).  The quality of this knife is excellent and is a testament to the skills of the homegrown craftsmen of the Scottish Highlands - this would have been made by an individual, most particularly the hilt that comprises a baluster design of turned bone that is inset with small silver nails in the decoration of a tree or foliage.  This is very typical of the naïve type of work seen in th decorative arts of the period and especially so in more remote areas such as the Scottish Highlands.

Notched design to the blade

The blade is of top quality and has the distinctive notched design that is seen on Scottish Highland dirks knives.  The blade has two deeply incised fullers and the tempering is very good, indicating that it would have been very effective both as a hunting knife and personal weapon.  Condition is excellent with only one old age crack to the bone hilt and pleasant age darkening and patina to the handle.  A lovely piece.  Blade length is 10 inches (15 inches overall)

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