Culloden era Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's
In sound condition, a circa 1730 / Culloden era Scottish Highland
Infantry Officer's Backsword, blade marked "Andria Farara".
This sword may well have been at Culloden; it was definitely made
before that famous battle, probably around 1730. We can tell this
from the hilt and blade; the blade with the Jacobites' favourite
statement of quality; "Andria Farara". It is very unlikely
the blade was actually made by this legendary swordsmith, but the
Scots marked their blades with his name until after Culloden as
a statement of quality of blade. This pride in their blades was
not misplaced, as the English often re-used captured Scottish blades
in their own swords, which English made blades they often derided.
This sword escaped being cannibalized thankfully, but it is aged,
for sure. Still, our price is well below what you would normally
expect to pay for a Culloden era sword (these have just gone up
and up in value).
Blade with patina throughout and aged, though sound. The blade
does bend a little but not too much. The hilt with equal patina
and age. One lesser back bar is missing; clearly old damage, perhaps
period. The hilt is loose, it moves around quite a bit. This can
be fixed if really important, but personally we would let it be.
The grip is original but minus its leather or fishskin cover.
Again, these swords are scarce and shooting up in value. Yours
for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number
AD23 (0431). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.