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Mike W Grant




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Feb, 2011 1:51 pm    Post subject: Scottish Dirk early 18th C.- Genuine?         Reply with quote

Hi All

What do people think of this dirk from USA - genuine or a good repro, its supposed to be Early 19th Century jacobean:











Would the Scots have used 'Scotia' during this period, not 'Alba' or 'Scotland'?

Mike
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GG Osborne





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PostPosted: Wed 16 Feb, 2011 2:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'd say it is authentic from maybe around 1710-1740 or so. The blade was made in Germany and exported to Scotland for slipping. This type of blade inscription is quite common and almost has an etched look rather than engraved in some examples I've seen.
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Thom R.




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Feb, 2011 3:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If I recall correctly that one was owned at one time by Bob Erlandson who had several dirks and swords that were definitely genuine artifacts. I thought we had discussed that particular dirk at one point here or at SFI but I searched and came up empty.
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Lin Robinson




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Feb, 2011 3:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I would say 18th c. and with a German blade as Glen mentioned. The saying was very common on German blades of the Jacobite era.

Nice old piece.

Lin Robinson

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