WW1 Seaforth Highlander's Scottish Basket
Hilted Broadsword (Sold)
An 1821 pattern Scottish basket hilted broadsword, named notable
officer of the Seaforth Highlanders, KIA 21/04/1916.
This Scottish broadsword belonged to Lieutenant Bryce Stewart of
the 2nd and then 1st Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders who was
mentioned in despatches (a good sign he was a very good officer),
wounded in action at Ypres in April, 1915, and was killed in action
on the 21st April, 1916. His Commonwealth
War Grave Commission data.
The sword is marked with the regimental badge of the Ross-shire
Buffs who had become the 2nd Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders.
This was his passing out sword when he made 2nd Lieutenant on the
17th September 1913, just before the "Great War". The
sword also bears his initials, "B. S.".
Made by Pillin of London, the sword is in overall good condition,
the 32.5 inch blade is particularly good and virtually rust spot
free. Everything is firm. The crimson hilt liner is aged and threadbare
in places, with just small patches of the royal blue edging still
visible. The fishskin grip is in good order, a little aged, but
with the twisted grip wire bindings intact and sound. The red hilt
tassel is beginning to fall apart. The steel scabbard is on good
order. The original leather case is well aged and the stitching
has come apart in several areas.
About the only blemish on the blade are some finger prints to a
blank section. These have been there for some time (more recent
finger prints would clean off) for the acid in the person's moisture
to etch into the blade. This raises the possibility the finger prints
are of Lieutenant Bryce Stewart and as such it would be foolish
to try and remove them. The blade has the serial number 107979 on
the spine. It is genuinely very rare to get a WW1 basket hilt like
this with such provenance to a named officer in such a prominent
regiment. This sword will only increase in value over the years.
Further / full-sized pictures available upon request. Item reference
number 807 (339)