Victorian Crosshilt Scottish Broadsword 1780's
JJ Runkel Blade (sold)
A Victorian era conversion of a 1780's basket hilt to a crosshilt
broadsword, famous JJ Runkel blade.
The military type pommel says to me that this was an officer's
sword. It is a rear item to say the least. The crosshilt is brass
but was once gilt (over the brass), so it would have been quite
a spectacular sword. I have not attempted to clean up the brass
as the patina is actually more to my personal liking. The JJ Runkel
blade is circa 1785, possibly earlier.
The 33 inch blade is in good though worn condition. The single
central fuller on both sides has the remains of the maker / exporter
/ importer's name, JJ Runkel (cutler / blade supplier Johann Justus
Runkel moved from Prussia to England in 1783). The blade is still
mightily impressive and firm in the hilt. The hilt is aged and whatever
grip covering is now gone. The grip has been painted black at some
stage, though this is mostly worn off and the effect is not displeasing.
Personally, I would leave / enjoy this sword as is. The blade alone
is worth some money to say the least, so the whole sword is a great
price. Full sized / additional photos available upon request. Item
reference A33 (Box 441).