Mk3 Highland Piper's Dirk, 1st Tyneside Scottish,
A superb WW1 Tyneside Scottish piper's dirk, named piper, Lance
Corporal Garnet Wolseley Fyfe, KIA wearing this dirk on the 1st
July 1916 as he piped the 20th Service Battalion of the Northumberland
Fusiliers over no mans land.
It is exceptionally rare to get one of these dirks in such good
condition. The dirk marked on the knife to R. G. Lawrie Glasgow
& Edinburgh. The dirk, knife and fork's pommels inset with Cairngorm
stones. The dirk's hilt inset with solid silver regimental badge,
Complete with leather sheath and belt loop. I suspect the hilt fittings
are silver too. Comes complete with WWI Tyneside Scottish sweetheart
brooch which is said to be piper Garnet's wife's.
The plain 11 1/2 inch with part serrated back is in very good condition
and firm in the hilt. The hilt fittings a little loose but nothing
serious. The cairngorm insets good except for some minor damage
to the main dirk's stone; not very noticeable and probably period.
The wooden grip in overall good order. The back of the main hilt
mount / ferule bearing the markings "1 T S" over a "7".
The leather a little tired in places but sound and complete. A lovely
dirk with provenance. The dirk is meant to have been recovered from
Lance Corporal Piper Garnet Wolseley Fyfe's body and presented to
his wife Rachel Fyfe. Garnet's grave is at Ovillers military cemetery,
grave reference xvi.F.3. The photo below showing Lance Corporal
Piper Garnet Wolseley Fyfe wearing the dirk. Further / full sized
pictures available upon request. My item reference number is 954.