Dagger, scabbard and accessories

Object Number: 
1959.98a-d
Date: 
ca. 1857
Medium: 
Steel, silver, wood; leather, silver; steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 21 x 2 x 1 in. ( 53.3 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on band below grip: "Tarrain matte mi / Till dearg mi." engraved: on top of pommel: "HONDURAS INTEROCEANIC RAILWAY / 1857." engraved: on reverse of scabbard throat: "E. G. Squier" stamped: on reverse of knife blade: "GIT[?]"
Description: 
Dagger (Scottish dirk) with straight, single-edged steel blade with thick back edge pierced with twelve small holes and false edge extending about 6 1/2 inches above point; wooden grip carved with interlace pattern extends above engraved silver band surrounding top of blade; flat circular silver pommel with capstan rivet and engraved inscription on top; leather scabbard with silver mounts, including throat with wire loops and engraved inscription on reverse, and tip with openwork thistle design on upper edge and applied scallop shell finial; a steel knife and fork, both with lion head handle, fit into slots below throat of scabbard on obverse side.
Gallery Label: 
This Scottish dirk was presented to Ephraim George Squier (1821-1888), an ancestor of the donor, by the staff of Honduras Interoceanic Railway in 1857. E. G. Squier was a journalist, diplomat, archaeologist, and author of "Aboriginal Monuments of the State of New York" (1851).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Frank Squier, courtesy of Mrs. Gertrude Weadock
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group