Antique Thistle Sgian Dubh – Fine Scottish antique sgian dubh with deep carved basket weave black wood handle set with a double thistle insignia. Silver plated mounts with embossed thistle design and the end cap mounted with a Cairngorm style stone. Blade in good used antique condition with some light pitting.
Antique Thistle Sgian Dubh - In good used antique condition.
Size. Approx. 210mm
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. We alos offer a range of antique and collectible Scottish provincial, sterling silver and Highland dress accoutrements to complete your outfit or add to your collection. With an eclectic range of antique Scottish silver brooches, silver clan badges, kilt belt buckles, kilt pins and plaid brooches. Scottish silver jewellery by classic makers including Robert Allison, John Fraser, Thomas Kerr Ebbutt, Medlock and Craik, Alexander Richie and Iona silver.
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’).