A Victorian officer's dirk of the 71st Foot, the Highland Light Infantry

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Lot 2061
A Victorian officer's dirk of the 71st Foot, the Highland Light Infantry
circa 1835-55

Sold for US$ 4,914 inc. premium
A Victorian officer's dirk of the 71st Foot, the Highland Light Infantry
circa 1835-55
Straight 13 inch blade with single fuller under the notched spine and etched overall; one side with thirteen battle honors, the final one being Cape of Good Hope(1835), above the regimental badge and title, VR cipher and maker's mark J. Jones/No. 6/Regent St. London; reverse with panels of thistles, panoply of drum, banners and arrow and the regimental badge, motto and monogram. Gilt metal ferrule molded with thistles Black bog oak grip carved with interlace set with gilt pins and with lower panel carved with a highland bonnet and crossed swords; pommel set with a foil-backed citrine in gilt mount en suite to ferrule. Black leather scabbard, the gilt mounts set with thistle panels, the throat with the regimental badge; complete with knife and fork en suite
Condition: Blade with sharp decoration and showing some minor pitting towards the point. Hilt excellent. Scabbard fine to excellent, the center mount showing a small tear and glued repair.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Sebastopol in 1855 was the next battle honor after Cape of Good Hope in 1835.
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