In very good condition for an issued piper's dirk, this Mole made
2nd pattern is marked to the Black Watch and therefore saw service
in the Boer War.
Well above average example. Queens crown pommel and '00 stamp to
blade confirm this dirk was made in 1900 during the end of Queen
Victoria's reign. Marked to the ferrule and sheath throat piece
"1 RH 34", this dirk was issued to a piper in the 1st
Battalion of the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment, dirk number
34. The markings on the hilt are crossed out and another "5
CAM 3" and "9.03" show the dirk passed to the 5th
Battalion of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders in September 1903.
This dirk therefore would have travelled to South Africa in December
1901 when the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch joined the 2nd Battalion
already in South Africa to see out the last few months of the Boer
The 11 3/4 inch blade is in very good order with the etching still
very clear. The blade firm in the hilt and the hilt in overall good
condition and firm. The blade still sheaths and draws well. I am
sure this dirk was worn by a piper whose pipes instilled fear and
hatred in the Boer population. A rare enough item and nice piece
of history. Further / full sized pictures available upon request.
My item reference number is 953.