1911 Scottish Sgian Dubh – MacKay & Chisholm Sterling Silver – Fine Scottish antique sgian dubh with deep carved basket weave black wood handle and engraved hallmarked silver mounts. The end of the hilt is mounted with a cairngorm type stone. Edinburgh 1911/12 sterling silver hallmark made by Mackay & Chisholm of Edinburgh. Fine tooling on the leather covered scabbard.
In good used antique condition.
1911 Scottish Sgian Dubh – A rare large format sgian dubh. Size. Approx. 235mm = 9.25″
Mackay & Chisholm Silversmith, Jewellers and Medal makers – Edinburgh
Firm founded in 1835 ( 49 Newbuildings, Edinburgh). Active at 57 Princes Street (from 1879) and 59 Princes Street, Edinburgh ( from 1908 )
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.
Our range of fine hallmarked sterling silver skean dubh’s made by the Highland regimental silversmith and Royal silversmiths Hamilton & Inches in Edinburgh, Scotland. We can engrave many of these skean dubhs for presentation gifts.
Vintage – Antique Scottish Accoutrements – We have 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 and agate set 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’).