Mid 18th Century Stirling Hilted Scottish
Officer's Backsword (sold)
A fine Stirling hilted Scottish Highland officer's backsword,
Mid 18C, in very good condition.
A superb Stirling hilted backsword. The twin fullered blade with
the remains of an inscription along part of the spine; almost certainly
Solingen made, as would be typical. There are no markings to the
base of the basket hilt, so the cutler / swordsmith can not be identified,
but the high quality ornate workmanship is typically Stirling work.
The hilt style and pommel date this sword to between 1825 and 1860,
most likely between 1740 and 1750, so a very good chance this sword
existed at the time of Culloden.
The typical 34.5 inch twin fullered blade is in very good order
and firm in the hilt. The hilt is lovely, and no apparent damage
or repair that I can see. The fishskin grip with twisted brass wire
bindings and perhaps gold turks head ferrules is in amazingly good
condition, well above average. The sword is an absolute delight
to hold. These swords can sell for a lot more and are continually
on the rise, so our selling price is very good and a great investment
for sure. Please quote reference number B46 (573). Full sized /
further images available upon request.