Thomas Kerr Ebbutt Edinburgh Jeweller & Highland Dress Accessories
Thomas Kerr Ebbutt Edinburgh Jeweller & Highland Dress Accessories - Thomas was born 1872 to George Ebbutt and Christina Ebbutt in Midlothian, Scotland.
As a manufacturing jeweller he started working under his own name in Edinburgh 1896 and died in 1921. From the beginning he concentrated on making Highland Dress accoutrements. His sgian dubhs are highly prized and respected for their beauty & high quality. Thomas Ebbutt's work was exhibited with multiple works at The Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture 1906
His company continued in business until 1977 when it was bought by Hamilton & Inches. H&I continued to use the TE mark until c2000. The H&I registration remains current.
Location - St David's Square, Edinburgh
We have a passion for fine antique and collectible sgian dubh’s and Highland dirks. We source antique Jacobite styles of the 18th century, high Victorian styles and regimental patterns of WW1 – WW2. Our sgian dubh and dirk range make wonderful addition to any Highland dress collection.
The Gaelic sgian dubh meaning “black knife”, where “black” may refer to the usual colour of the handle of the knife. It is also suggested that “black” means secret, or hidden, as in the word blackmail. This is based on the stories and theories surrounding the knife’s origin and the meaning of “Dubh” in Gaelic, in particular those associated with the Highland custom of depositing weapons at the entrance to a house prior to entering as a guest. Despite this practice, a small twin edged-dagger, (‘Mattucashlass’), concealed under the armpit, combined with a smaller knife, (‘Sgian dubh’).