A Victorian Officer’s Dirk for the Highland Light Infantry by Henry Wilkinson
The 11 ½ inch single edged blade with notched spine and etched overall, one side with nine battle honors, the Royal crown and the regimental title, the reverse with 20 battle honors, Corunna through Egypt 1882/Tel-el-Kebir above the maker’s signature. Ebonized wooden grip carved with interlace and set with brass studs, the ferrule and pommel molded with thistles, the pommel mounted with a clear foil-backed stone. Black leather scabbard retaining the original knife and fork, the brass mounts with molded thistle decoration and retaining traces of silver-plated finish; throat applied with brass and silver regimental badge. Belt loop retaining original leather hanger, the front with regimental lace.
Note: The Highland Light Infantry were formed in 1881 from an amalgamation of the 71st and 74th Highland regiments, whose pre-1881 battle honors are found on the blade of this example, as well as the honors from the Egyptian Campaign of 1882.