Fine Antique Arms & Armour

Scottish Basket Hilted Sword With Talismanic Blade Dating To Circa 1730 Ref: 043.17


 

Price: £3,875


Item Description: 

 

A good Scottish Basket Hilted Broadsword dating to the second quarter of the 18th century. The sword is interesting because of its original and uncleaned condition, still with its original grip and leather liner. The earlier 17th century blade is also noteworthy, being marked within the two central fullers either side with the talismanic date or numerals "1666" and the typical running wolf of Solingen armourers mark beyond. The sword was made for a right handed user, is solid, firm and well balanced in hand.

 

The basket guard is formed from flattened rectangular section bars. Between these are attached the main and secondary guard panels which are decorated with lines and cut with hearts and circles. The conical pommel has a flat button on top and is decorated with four sets of filed grooves, in each case the middle groove being wider than its neighbours, which radiate from the pommel button. The arms of the basket fit into a pronounced chiselled groove which extends for the full circumference around the pommel just below its middle.

 

The spirally grooved wooden grip is covered with shagreen and now lacks its original wire binding. At the top and bottom of the grip two additional bands of leather have been added during the working life of the sword presumably to compensate for the loss of the wire binding and hold the shagreen in place. The hilt retains its leather liner. The double edged tapering blade has a pronounced fuller extending from the hilt for circa 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) inside which the talismanic numerals are applied, each interspersed with quatrefoils of dots.

 

The blade length is 33.5 inches (just over 85 cm) and overall the length of the sword is 39.25 inches (99.5 cm).

 

Swords with similar hilts are illustrated in Cyril Mazansky's "British Basket-Hilted Swords", Boydell Press, 2005 - see pages 106 Fig F12, 115 Fig F15h

 

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