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TITLE
Highland dirk, dagger and powder horn
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_P116
DATE OF IMAGE
1871
PERIOD
1670s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31575
KEYWORDS
dirks
daggers
powder horns
weapons
gunpowder
Highland dirk, dagger and powder horn

Illustration of dirk, dagger and powder horn from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland', Vol VIII, 1871.

The Highland dirk was an all-purpose implement which evolved from the medieval dagger. Made in the Highlands by local craftsmen, dirks could be used as tools, eating utensils or weapons. This example has a carved wooden handle.

Powder horns were formed from animal horns and were used to carry gunpowder. Their natural container shape made them excellent for keeping the powder dry. The horn was softened in boiling water and flattened before being carved. This example is carved with the initials 'CML' and the date, 1678

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Highland dirk, dagger and powder horn

1670s

dirks; daggers; powder horns; weapons; gunpowder

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (illustrations)

Illustration of dirk, dagger and powder horn from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland', Vol VIII, 1871.<br /> <br /> The Highland dirk was an all-purpose implement which evolved from the medieval dagger. Made in the Highlands by local craftsmen, dirks could be used as tools, eating utensils or weapons. This example has a carved wooden handle.<br /> <br /> Powder horns were formed from animal horns and were used to carry gunpowder. Their natural container shape made them excellent for keeping the powder dry. The horn was softened in boiling water and flattened before being carved. This example is carved with the initials 'CML' and the date, 1678