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Skye Targe

In JACOBITE times, targes were the highlanders' main means of defence in battle. A targe was a circular leather shield about 19" in diameter, with the front covered in thick leather hideand the back padded to take the shock of a heavy attack. The front was decorated with brass or silver studs and plates which occasionally had cut-outs, backed with red cloth (traditionally a piece of red-coat's uniform). The leather was usually tooled in Celtic patterns. Some targes had a lethal spike screwed into the central boss. 

This targe is based on an original, which is now in the Museum of Skye.