Fine Antique Arms & Armour

Scottish Basket Hilted Broad Sword with talismanic date "1551" on the blade Ref: 063.17


Price: 5,500

Item Description:


A bold Scottish basket hilted broad sword dating to the first half of the 18th century in fine robust condition.


The high quality broad double edged blade is of lenticuler section and tapers gently to its rouned tip in "Highland" manner and is just just under 34.5 inches long . The blade has a short wide and shallow ricasso on both sides near the hilt which is swollen in the middle and tapers towards either end. Inside this the talismanic date "1551" is applied with the numbers interspersed with single dots and flanked by quatrefoils of dots. Just beyond the ricasso end on either side a bold running wolf mark is incised into the blade. This is most likely the mark of a Solingen armourer. The blade is older than the hilt and has probably been remounted from an earlier sword with meaningful family attachment.


The well-formed hilt is made from an arrangement of structural bars with two main frontal guard plates and three secondary guard plates decorated with incised lines and punched with patterns of triangles and circles. The pommel is decorated with four sets of pairs of incised lines which radiate from the oval pommel button. The upper arms of the guard are tucked securely into a groove cut around the pommel just below its equator. The spirally grooved wooden grip is covered with shagreen and bound with silver wire.


The sword is an imposing piece both firm in hand and is an excellent display piece. The metal parts are in fine clean and undisturbed condition, without pitting or repairs, displaying a light age-staining in parts commensurate with the age of the sword. The overall length is 41 inches.


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