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Dirk, 1500s-1600s, found in the River Kennet near Newbury

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Dirks are short daggers with straight blades that are considered part of highland dress. This dirk is not a traditional highland dirk as it has a quillion.  Quillion’s are the names given to the parts of bladed weapons that stick out from the handle to act as hand guards, this dirk would have had two but the second has broken away.  It is unknown if this happened before it was lost in the River Kennet or after it entered the water.  How this dirk ended up in the Kennet is also unknown.

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