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Old 15th July 2011, 01:08 PM   #9
Norman McCormick
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Hi Dom,
Your dagger reminds me of one of mine, see photo. I don't think these were ever intended as weapons more like a piece of masculine adornment like the sgian dhu we Scots wear with the kilt nowadays, the blade being almost secondary to the hilt and scabbard. I noticed on one of your photographs that the scabbard and hilt do not meet exactly when the dagger is sheathed, mine is the same. I think this is evidence of how it was worn, a dagger thrust into a belt/sash at the front of the body would get like this over time from the wearer bending/sitting down etc. Mine although undated is also 19thC. I think it is nice to have everyday items in ones collection as well as the spectacular.
My Regards,
Norman.
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