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Welcome to our Showcase Gallery.

In this section we feature objects which possess a certain uniqueness or scarcity that require a more detailed description than is usual. Each item is accompanied by a short essay which we hope prove to be both informative and interesting.

A Very Rare Late 16th Century Lowland Scots or English Basket Hilted Dagger

A very rare example of a Lowland Scots, or possibly English, basket hilted dagger, which forms part of a distinctive group of daggers dating to the late 16th or early 17th century. Its salient and unique characteristics relate both to the form of blade and the design of the basket guard. Claude Blair commented that the dagger type is most likely Lowland Scots in origin, influenced by the Scottish Highlands whilst …

A Scottish Basket Hilted Sword by John Allan of Stirling Circa 1730

Collectors of Scottish weapons will be aware that some basket hilted sword makers working in the late 17th century, and the first half of the 18th, signed their work by stamping the initials of their first and last names onto the basket guard, usually at the juncture bars underneath the hilt. Often these initials are accompanied by the first letter of the town in which they worked, for example “S” …

A Highland Scottish Targe Circa 1740

The following description is of a Scottish Highland Targe dating towards the end of the second quarter of the 18th century, of a type become known in modern times as a “5 Shilling Targe”. Recent studies have pointed to the Targe type being made in Perthshire for clansmen including those serving in the  Jacobite army during the 1745 Rebellion. Targes started to be used in the Scottish Highlands in substantial …

A Very Rare Scottish Highland Jacobite Targe – Early 18th Century

This short paper describes an important Scottish Highland Jacobite Targe. The Targe dates to the early 18th century and probably to the time of, or shortly before, the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion. Targes started to be used in the Scottish Highlands in substantial numbers in the early 17th century and became synonymous with warrior Highland clansmen and the “Highland Charge”. This battle tactic is thought to have been perfected at the time …

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