Antique & Vintage Sgian Dubhs Archive

Antique & Vintage Sgian Dubhs Archive - 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 dubhs and dirks have become parts of many peoples 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’).

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Scottish antique and vintage sterling silver sgian dubh - skean dubh for sale Scotland
Vintage & Antique Sgian Dubhs Archive
Gordon Highlanders 1940's Vintage Sgian Dubh
Gordon Highlanders 1940's Vintage Sgian Dubh
Gordon Highlanders 1940's Vintage Sgian Dubh
Gordon Highlanders 1940's Vintage Sgian Dubh
Gordon Highlanders 1940's Vintage Sgian Dubh
Gordon Highlanders 1940's Vintage Sgian Dubh
1916 Antique WW1 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Silver Sgian Dubh.
1916 Antique WW1 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Silver Sgian Dubh.
1916 Antique WW1 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Silver Sgian Dubh.
1916 Antique WW1 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Silver Sgian Dubh.
1916 Antique WW1 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Silver Sgian Dubh.
1916 Antique WW1 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Silver Sgian Dubh.
1938 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1938 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1938 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1938 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1938 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1938 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
Vintage 1937 Peter Henderson Glasgow silver skean dubh
Vintage 1937 Peter Henderson Glasgow silver skean dubh
Vintage 1937 Peter Henderson Glasgow silver skean dubh
Vintage 1937 Peter Henderson Glasgow silver skean dubh
Vintage 1937 Peter Henderson Glasgow silver skean dubh
Vintage 1937 Peter Henderson Glasgow silver skean dubh
1888 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Silver Engraved Sgian Dubh
1888 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Silver Engraved Sgian Dubh
1888 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Silver Engraved Sgian Dubh
1888 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Silver Engraved Sgian Dubh
1888 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Silver Engraved Sgian Dubh
1888 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Silver Engraved Sgian Dubh
1890's Vintage Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1890's Antique Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1890's Vintage Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1890's Antique Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1890's Vintage Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1890's Antique Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1930's Gordon Highlanders Regimental Sgian Dubh
1930's Gordon Highlanders Regimental Sgian Dubh
1930's Gordon Highlanders Regimental Sgian Dubh
1930's Gordon Highlanders Regimental Sgian Dubh
1930's Gordon Highlanders Regimental Sgian Dubh
Atholl Highlanders Silver Regimental Sgian Dubh
Atholl Highlanders Silver Regimental Sgian Dubh
Zoomorphic Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Sgian Dubh - 1957 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Zoomorphic Sgian Dubh
1957 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Zoomorphic Sgian Dubh
Zoomorphic Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Sgian Dubh
1957 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Zoomorphic Sgian Dubh
1930's Vintage Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1930's Vintage Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1930's Vintage Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1930's Vintage Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1930's Vintage Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1930's Vintage Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
R G Lawrie Brass Antique Stags Head Sgian Dubh
Vintage R G Lawrie Brass Antique Stags Head Sgian Dubh
R G Lawrie Brass Antique Stags Head Sgian Dubh
Vintage R G Lawrie Brass Antique Stags Head Sgian Dubh
Vintage R G Lawrie Brass Antique Stags Head Sgian Dubh
1973 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1973 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1973 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1973 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1973 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1973 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1920's Inverness Silver Vintage Scottish Sgian Dubh
1920's Inverness Silver Vintage Scottish Sgian Dubh
1920's Inverness Silver Vintage Scottish Sgian Dubh
1920's Inverness Silver Vintage Scottish Sgian Dubh
1920's Inverness Silver Vintage Scottish Sgian Dubh
1935 Sterling Silver Vintage Scottish Heart Sgian Dubh
1935 Sterling Silver Vintage Scottish Heart Sgian Dubh
1935 Sterling Silver Vintage Scottish Heart Sgian Dubh
1935 Sterling Silver Vintage Scottish Heart Sgian Dubh
1935 Sterling Silver Vintage Scottish Heart Sgian Dubh
1935 Sterling Silver Vintage Scottish Heart Sgian Dubh
1949 Sterling Silver Vintage Scottish Robert Allison Sgian Dubh
1949 Sterling Silver Vintage Scottish Robert Allison Sgian Dubh
Sterling Silver Vintage 1949 Scottish Robert Allison Sgian Dubh
1949 Sterling Silver Vintage Scottish Robert Allison Sgian Dubh
1900 Antique Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1900 Antique Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1918 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Thistle Sgian Dubh
1918 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Thistle Sgian Dubh
antique silver scottish skean dhu knife
1918 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Thistle Sgian Dubh
1918 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Thistle Sgian Dubh
1918 Antique Scottish Edinburgh Thistle Sgian Dubh
1937 Scottish Vintage Silver Thistle Sgian Dubh
1937 Scottish Vintage Silver Thistle Sgian Dubh
1937 Scottish Vintage Silver Thistle Sgian Dubh
1937 Scottish Vintage Silver Thistle Sgian Dubh
1937 Scottish Vintage Silver Thistle Sgian Dubh
1937 Scottish Vintage Silver Thistle Sgian Dubh
1938 Scottish Vintage Edinburgh Celtic Engraved Sgian Dubh
1938 Scottish Vintage Edinburgh Celtic Engraved Sgian Dubh
1938 Scottish Vintage Edinburgh Celtic Engraved Sgian Dubh
1938 Scottish Vintage Edinburgh Celtic Engraved Sgian Dubh
1938 Scottish Vintage Edinburgh Celtic Engraved Sgian Dubh
1938 Scottish Vintage Edinburgh Celtic Engraved Sgian Dubh
1915 Antique Edinburgh Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1915 Antique Edinburgh Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
Thomas Kerr Ebbutt Edinburgh Jeweller & Highland Dress Accessories
1915 Antique Edinburgh Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1915 Antique Edinburgh Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1915 Antique Edinburgh Scottish Thistle Sgian Dubh
1880's Antique Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1880's Antique Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1880's Antique Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1880's Antique Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1880's Antique Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
1880's Antique Scottish Engraved Sgian Dubh
Cameron Highlanders Silver Regimental Sgian Dubh
Cameron Highlanders Silver Regimental Sgian Dubh
Cameron Highlanders Silver Regimental Sgian Dubh
Cameron Highlanders Silver Regimental Sgian Dubh
Antique Scottish silver skean dubh
Vintage Scottish silver Edinburgh skean dubh
Vintage Medlock and Craik Inverness silver Scottish sgian dubh
Vintage Medlock and Craik Inverness silver Scottish sgian dubh
1931 Vintage Medlock and Craik Inverness silver Scottish sgian dubh
Vintage Medlock and Craik Inverness silver Scottish sgian dubh
1931 Vintage Medlock and Craik Inverness silver Scottish sgian dubh
Vintage Medlock and Craik Inverness silver Scottish sgian dubh
1931 Sterling Silver Vintage Edinburgh Sgian Dubh
1931 Sterling Silver Vintage Edinburgh Sgian Dubh
1931 Sterling Silver Vintage Edinburgh Sgian Dubh
1931 Sterling Silver Vintage Edinburgh Sgian Dubh
1931 Sterling Silver Vintage Edinburgh Sgian Dubh
1931 Sterling Silver Vintage Edinburgh Sgian Dubh
Vintage 1959 Highlanders sterling silver celtic sgian dubh
Vintage 1959 Highlanders sterling silver celtic sgian dubh
Vintage 1959 Highlanders sterling silver celtic sgian dubh
Vintage 1959 Highlanders sterling silver celtic sgian dubh
Antique Silver Sgian Dubhs. - Vintage 1959 Highlanders sterling silver celtic sgian dubh
Vintage 1959 Highlanders sterling silver celtic sgian dubh
Vintage William Anderson & Sons Edinburgh 1920’s Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Sgian Dubh
Vintage William Anderson & Sons Edinburgh 1920’s Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Sgian Dubh
Robert Allison Edinburgh Sterling Silver Scottish Sgian Dubh - Hallmarked 1968
Robert Allison Edinburgh Sterling Silver Scottish Sgian Dubh - Hallmarked 1968
Vintage Robert Allison Glasgow 1941 silver - Roe buck sgian dubh
Vintage Robert Allison Glasgow 1941 silver - Roe buck sgian dubh
Antique Silver Sgian Dubhs. - Antique Circa 1890 Victorian Silver Sgian Dubh
Antique Circa 1890 Victorian Silver Sgian Dubh
1890 victorian silver skean dubh
Antique Circa 1890 Victorian Silver Sgian Dubh
Vintage Roe buck sgian dubh
Vintage Roe buck sgian dubh
Antique Circa 1900 Provincial Jamieson of Aberdeen sgian dubh
Antique Circa 1900 Provincial Jamieson of Aberdeen sgian dubh
Antique - Vintage Sgian Dubhs
Antique 1914 Celtic Wilson & Sharp Edinburgh silver skean dubh
Vintage 1951 Scottish Sterling Silver Cairngorm Mounted Sgian Dubh
Vintage 1951 Scottish Sterling Silver Cairngorm Mounted Sgian Dubh
Gordon Highlanders 1940's Vintage Sgian Dubh
Gordon Highlanders 1940's Vintage Sgian Dubh
1973 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
1973 Vintage Edinburgh Silver Scottish Celtic Sgian Dubh
antique 1916 Antique WW1 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Silver Sgian Dubh.
Antique 1916 Antique WW1 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Silver Sgian Dubh.