This wonderful piper's dirk is a Mark II variation of the Scottish Regimental dirks. It was made in 1879 by Robert Mole & Sons in Birmingham, and so stamped on the blade, which also features the Army remainder from service mark and is twice struck with the Birmingham view marks. The mark is very important, because Mole only used it between years 1875 and 1880. Being that the Mark II dirk was patterned in 1879, it means that this piece is from the very first batch of dirks ordered!
Studded hilt is of boxwood and ebony, beautifully carved, and is topped with an iron pommel cap, crowned at the top. Blade is about 12"/31 cm long. Scottish Thistle motifs are deeply etched on both sides, blade is also etched on the reverse with the maker's cartouche
ROBERT MOLE & SONS
Blade etching is very clear and deep, with some honest wear. Blade has several small dark spots. Ferrule between the grip and the blade is long gone.
Mark II dirks were not maker-marked with regimental numbers and/or regalia, and were to be transferred from one regiment to another, if the need arose. Consequently they saw some hard use [with heavy losses], from Sudan to Transvaal to India onto the battlefields of The Great War.