The Bloodstone Dirk Kilt Pin features a delicately cast dirk in sterling silver with red agate, citrine and bloodstone. The pin shows no makers marks, which was not uncommon for locally made pieces of this era. It measures 2 inches tall and is a perfect example of the Scottish dirk pin.
There is often confusion on the difference between a claymore, a dirk and a sgian dubh. The claymore is a larger blade, usually carried in the hand as an offensive weapon. A dirk (sometimes simply referred to as a long-bladed dagger) sits on the belt, ready for action. The traditional Scottish sgian dubh is a smaller blade most often kept in the wearer’s kilt hose (tall socks). It served as a utility knife or a weapon of last resort.
In the ancient world, Bloodstone (also known as heliotrope) enjoyed a place as the most desirable of the Jaspers, with a deep, vibrant green surface flecked with dots of bright red. Used as a protective talisman, it appears in signet seals, jewelry and even decorative cups and statuary. In Scottish tradition, the bloodstone is one of the few semi-precious stones native to the country, with the best known (and most colorful) deposits found on the Isle of Rum. In addition to aquamarine and turquoise, bloodstone is birthstone for March.
Material: Scottish bloodstone, red agate, citrine, sterling silver (.925 silver)
Era: Victorian (estimated)
Artist: Unknown (unhallmarked)
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