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Scottish dirk, the blade marked FERRARA. Ref 1146

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  • Listing ID: #55336

£2,600.00 GBP

  • Cast: N/A
  • Condition: Used

Description

Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK. See our website andrewbottomley.com. Ref 1146. A rare brass and steel mounted very early Scottish dirk, the blade marked FERRARA and with orb and cross markings to both sides. The blade and scabbard were quite possibly cut down from a Scottish sword. Probably circa 1740-1780. The hilt of wood finely carved with a Celtic weave pattern. The blade is double edged and is 14 inches long. The two brass mounts to the wooden hilt are restored. Complete with its iron mounted leather scabbard. The top scabbard mount fitted with a steel carrying stud. The Scots of the late Middle Ages spent much of their time in conflict with England for independence or fighting with other clans for local dominance. As such, the Scots were known to go through their daily lives fully or nearly fully armed, more so than other Europeans of the time. A quote by John Hume perfectly illustrates this: "The Highlanders always appeared like warriors, as if their arms (weapons) had been limbs and members of their bodies they were never seen without them. They travelled, they attended fairs and markets, nay they went to church with their broadswords and dirks". Dirks were effective weapons in war as well as a useful tool for everyday tasks. They were also more affordable than a sword. Taking these things into account, it is easy to see why it was hard to find a Highlander without such a weapon. Length in scabbard 19 inches. The scabbard leather still with some of its original tooled decoration. In good very well used condition with some minor blemishes. Ref 1146.. Ref 9695. If you wish to purchase this item please visit our website andrewbottomley.com where you can pay by credit/debit card or bank transfer at no extra charge. Established 1968.

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