The Motivation. Cast your mind back to 1755. England and France vie for dominance in the New World enlisting Native Americans on both sides to help tip the scales. Major Robert Rogers establishes a small, swift force to conduct recce and target interdiction. Buckskin clad young men flit through the heavily wooded countryside engaged in small scale engagements. The frontier is burning...the French & Indian War is under way!.
The Set. Four pieces consisting of a Scottish bonnet, pipe hawk, dirk, and sheath. These are the items that could have been carried and maintained by those young Rangers.
Ranger Bonnet. Classic Rifle Green in color with Ancient Blackwatch tartan cockade. Roger's Ranger on Scottish Thistle badge pins the tartan. As a salute to the wily and uniquely American bird, a Wild Turkey feather is prominently featured in the cockade. Green-winged Teal and Blue Jay feathers accentuate the Blackwatch colors.
Pipe Hawk. Curly Maple shaft (22") with pewter inlay. Brass clean-out cap with 0.5" tack for clean-out plug. Copper butt cap with 2" brass mouthpiece. Hawk head is R.E. Davis in 4140 steel. Reproduction head made from actual head used along the frontier in mid-1700s to early 1800s. Head: 6.5". Blade: 2.5". Punch adornment. Hide gasket in place and intentionally left visible. "RR" and "1755" (burned into hawk). Patina added to all metals.
Scottish Dirk. Steel: High Carbon, 1095. Overall length: 17.5". Blade: 12.5". Width: 1.625". Thickness: 0.375". Appleseed grind, with hand-filed fullers. Handle: 5" Curly Maple. Carved and burnt Celtic knot and flaring leaves. Brass pommel cap with copper wing nut. Patina added to all metals.
Sheath. Basswood shell (14") wrapped in rawhide. Running stitch (sinew). Adorned with sinew fringe and green-red Padre beads. Brass Celtic cross (2"). Belt-loop hanger. Maker's mark.