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Vintage Scottish Silver Mounted Skean Dhu - Edinburgh 1955 - Thomas Kerr Ebbutt
REF: CA2099 / LA321942
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This is a wonderfully crafted and fine quality piece of traditional highland wear. A Skean Dhu or Sgian Dubh is a small single edged knife worn with a kilt and hose (long socks) - the knife is worn tucked into the top of the hose. Originally a Skean Dhu would have had a practical daily use and would be used for the cutting of meat, bread, cheese and fruit, nowadays it forms part of a more ceremonial form of Highland dress and are popular with Grooms and Fathers of the Bride during Scottish wedding ceremonies. This example is manufactured with a stainless steel blade and is housed in a black leather scabbard - the mounts to the scabbard, guard and pommel are made from sterling silver and in addition, the pommel has a Scottish deep orange foil backed cairngorm stone mounted to the end - Cairngorm is a type of quartz which is mined in Scotland. The front side of the silver parts has a beautiful Celtic Knot decoration to the guard and pommel. The largest silver part on the scabbard carries full U.K. hallmarks for Edinburgh 1955 and has the silversmith marks for Thomas Kerr Ebbutt - with the exception of the blade all the metal elements are guaranteed to be sterling silver despite them not all being hallmarked - having seen a few Skean Dhus by this silversmith this wouldn't appear to be an unusual occurrence. The handle has an intricate Celtic knot design carved into the surface on the front side whilst the reverse side is plain - often these handles are made from bog oak but the natural striations and colouration to the material make me think this is actually horn and is certainly more unusual. The Skean Dhu measures 19.3cm in length and is 2.8cm across at its widest point - the total unpacked weight is 52g. This knife is 65 years old in a years time and would possibly make a great 65th birthday gift for someone born in 1955! The item is generally of good and solid condition, commensurate with its age and use. There's just a couple of very minor points for prospective buyers to be aware of: The stainless steel blade has some very minor areas of pitting near the hilt, probably as a result of poor storage conditions in the past - these may be seen in pictures 11 and 12. The handle or hilt is a natural horn material, and can be subject to shrinkage over time, there are some striations to the reverse side of handle, which I've seen a number of times on these types of item, and should be of no concern to a buyer - please see the last image. The cairngorm stone atop the hilt could possibly be a later replacement as it seems very slightly too large for the silver mount - it protrudes very slightly to one side, and this can be seen in pictures 9 and 10. These are all relatively minor flaws on an otherwise good Skean Dhu, and I've priced the item accordingly. Important - Please Note:- This item is strictly only for sale to persons over the age of 18 - by making a purchase of this item you are agreeing that your age is 18 or above.
Century Antiques has clarified that the Vintage Scottish Silver Mounted Skean Dhu - Edinburgh 1955 - Thomas Kerr Ebbutt (LA321942) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1955
Generally good and solid condition - minor age related wear, please see main description for details.
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This Vintage Scottish Silver Mounted Skean Dhu - Edinburgh 1955 - Thomas Kerr Ebbutt is located in Kilby, United Kingdom