A silver-mounted Victorian officer's dirk of the Gordon Highlanders

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Lot 2060
A silver-mounted Victorian officer's dirk of the Gordon Highlanders
circa 1881-82

Sold for US$ 4,446 inc. premium
A silver-mounted Victorian officer's dirk of the Gordon Highlanders
circa 1881-82
Straight 11 7/8 inch blade with single fuller below the notched spine; etched overall, one side with twenty-one battle honors, Egmont-op-Zee through Afghanistan 1878-80; the reverse with panels of thistles, Royal crown and VR cipher, the regimental badge and title including the sphinx over Egypt and the tiger over India; at the base the maker Cater/& Co./London. Non-hallmarked silver mounts. Hilt with ferrule molded with thistles, black bog oak grip carved and set with silver pins, open pommel with panels of acanthus leaves supporting a floral rim set with a foil-backed citrine. Black leather scabbard retaining the original knife and fork, the mounts with engraved borders and applied with thistle panels, the throat with regimental device.
Condition: Blade showing some light spotting/minor pitting, the decoration very sharp. Hilt and scabbard excellent.
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Footnotes

  • Note: The last battle honor on the blade is Afghanistan 1878-80 and the honor awarded after that was Tel-el-Kebir in 1882.
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