Original Georgian Era Scottish Skean Dhu Antler Handle Sock Knife with Cairngorm Quartz Pommel & Scabbard - Sgian-dubh

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Part of Traditional Scottish Battle Dress is this small knife, known as a Sgian-dubh (phonetic Skean Dhu), which in Scottish Gaelic means "hidden knife". Often also called "Sock Knives" these are usually only a few inches in length, and are intended to be carried tucked into one of the wearer's knee socks. The Scottish Military wore Kilts and consequently the Sock Knives at the same time going back to the 1600s.

This is definitely a charming upmarket example, measuring just 3 5/8" in blade length and an overall length of 7". The blade has an early style drop point, and also shows the characteristic scalloping on the spine seen on many Scottish edged weapons. The handle of this example is made from antler, and the pommel cap is a lovely piece of Scottish "Cairngorm Quartz" in a silver fitting. This particular variety of smoky quartz, found in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland, often has a lovely amber color like this example, and is a popular pommel fitting for Scottish edged weapons. The color of the Cairngorm is best described as deep orange, which is actually close to the color of Scottish marmalade. The fitting for the stone is however a bit loose. The cross guard also looks to be silver.

The scabbard is the typical wood reinforced leather, with silver fittings, and has a crest showing a Lion with a Sword on the throat. We have unfortunately not been able to identify this insignia. The scabbard does show age and use, and is split open along the side.

A charming example of a typical Sgian-dubh, almost certainly Georgian (1714-1830). In very nice condition although the blade shows evidence of use and old staining. Ready to Display!


Blade Length: 3 5/8"
Blade Style: Single Edge Drop Point with Scalloped back
Overall length: 7“
Scabbard Length: 3 3/4"

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