92nd Highlanders’ Dirk Dagger
- Dated: mid-19th century
- Measurements: overall length 41.8cm
A very finely crafted officer’s dirk of characteristic early Victorian form, with pommel oriented horizontally and the waisted grip with basketweave carving and silver studs. The silver pommels of the dirk, by-knife and fork executed en suite with flowering wreath bezels supported by stands of openwork acanthus leaves, one set with a cairngorm, the others with glass.
The dirk blade is bifullered and serrated along the spine, the fork three-tined, and the by-knife likewise serrated and struck G. Newbould, both implements with spring catches. The wooden scabbard bound in black leather with elegant silver mounts.
The chape and central mounts are worked with thistles while the locket jas the Sphinx in profile with EGYPT and the numeral 92 beneath it, the battle honor bestowed on the 92nd Highlanders after the Egyptian Campaign in 1801. After nearly a century of unsurpassed gallantry in the service of the British Empire, the 92nd was reformed in 1881.
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