a very interesting victorian dirk

from the 1859-1874 period. This is an Officer's or Pipe Major's Dirk from a Rifle Volunteers Batallion, handles of cocus 'bark,' or sapwood, with sterling mounts marked 'F. Bs.' for Ferguson Brothers, Inverness (or possibly Fox Bros., London), and hand tooled brown leather scabbard with hatching. Triple fullered blade with minor stains, no pitting. The blade is surprisingly sharp, unusual for examples from this era, which may mean that the blade is much older than the rest of the suite. Some wear damage to the pommel and pommel cap, but overall condition excellent. All original to the period stated. Similar dirks are shown on plates 18, 22, and 29 of MacLeay's The Highlander's of Scotland ca. 1863.

As the crowns indicate, this is a Royal Highlanders Volunteer Batallion, probably the 4th (Perthshire) or 5th (Perthshire Highland) Batallion, both raised in the 1860s. The cypher reads Rifle Volunteers, Royal Highlanders (Territorial). Both these batallions were later amalgamated into the 2nd Batallion The Black Watch after the Boer War. Either a Pipe Major's or Officer's dirk, it is offerred at $4750.00