Circa 1730 Scottish Highland Backsword, Andria
An interesting early 18C Scottish backsword in good condition
with rare variant blade spelling of "Andria Farara (no "e")
associated with Rob Roy.
This lovely basket hilted backsword was one of three I bought from
the estate of a well known militaria author and collector (can give
name by email only as I do not have permission to publish it). The
extended quillon back section very 1730's. The blade has the very
rare version of the name "Andria Farara" with a "crown"
or rather Italian style markings which many people say is the sign
of a genuine Farara / Ferara. I do not think the blade is that old,
though I suspect it is older than the hilt. But what is really interesting
is that "Farara" (rather than "Ferara") is associated
often with Rob Roy's swords.
So, there is a small chance this is an original Farara / Ferara
blade and / or that the owner was or knew Rob Roy! In any event,
this is a lovely sword. The 34 1/2 inch blade is firm in the hilt,
the hilt is in very good order / sound, though is can slip off the
pommel a little. The leather grip I believe is original and in fair
condition. There remains a small section of the original hilt liner.
Something to watch appreciate and talk abou. My reference number
is 975. Full sized / further images available upon request.