Early 17th Century Scottish Sinclair Sword
A very good so-called Scottish Sinclair Sword, early 1600's (a
North European Tessak used and brought back by a Scottish mercenary,
in exceptionally good condition.
This is as good as it gets for most collectors, Scottish sword
wise. A legendary Scottish Sinclair Sword, actually a Northern European
Tessak or Dussage, brought home to Scotland by a Scottish mercenary
in the early 1600's. Truly, this is above museum grade; this Sinclair
is in exceptionally good order. These swords were used mercilessly
by Scottish mercenaries in Ireland and Europe. For some reason in
Victorian times, everyone was convinced to refer to them as Scottish
Sinclair Swords, even though they were made in Europe, mostly in
Solingen. This example has the Italian style shell guard; Sinclair
Swords had a variation of different shapes, despite common belief.
The 34 1/2 inch well curved blade is text book Sinclair, with its
double edged enlarged quill point section and upper fuller leading
onto slender twin fullers, and some period nicks to the forward
cutting edge of the blade. A small amount of movement in the hilt,
nothing much. The hilt in exceptionally good condition; no apparent
damage or repair. The wire grip with turk's head ferrules is equally
in good shape. No apparent bending to the quillons (with typical
finales) makes this one special sword.
We bought this sword from an estate, along with one other at the
same time. The swords have been in the same family for some time.
We absolutely guarantee this is an authentic, period Sinclair; not
that Sinclairs are being reproduced at this time to our knowledge
Our price is a no brainer; you simply can not buy Sinclair swords
normally and when one does come along, they sell for very high amounts,
even when in poor condition. This sword is in exceptional condition
and we are almost certainly offering it at below market price. Please
quote reference number B45 (574). Full sized / further images available