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Highland targe. Brass boss engraved with date 1623 and initials DMK, Sir Donald MacKay.
CULT 1623 Scotland
Wood, leather, iron handle, metal studs and nails.
Diameter 19 1/4' (49cm).
Old marks: Major slash marks to shield face at 2,5 and 7 o,clock. Major slash mark to bottom half of face. Old Labels inside shield.: label marked C71. Label marked Hunterian Museum. Cicular label marked 1069 over 34. Two modern picture hooks.
This is the earliest dated example of the Highland Targe (shield). Made of wood with a leather covering held in place by studs and nails. The studs as well as being functional also provide decoration. Two of the larger studs and several smaller studs are missing. The centre of the targe has a boss, likewise functional and decorative. This boss bears among other heraldic devices, the letters DMK (for Sir Donald MacKay) and date 1623. The inside of the targe has an iron hand grip, however, the fore- arm strap is missing. The inside was covered by hide, which in places has broken free from the retaining nails. There is evidence of use in the form of several sword cuts to the face and rim edges.
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