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Victorian Scottish Infantry Officer's Basket Hilted Broadsword, sold

In sound condition, a Victorian Scottish infantry officer's broadsword and scabbard.

Victorian Scottish Infantry Officer's Basket Hilted Broadswordimage C14 1

Sold Item Notice

A good and evocative broadsword for two reasons; the first, the fishskin grip is worn, so it was held a lot and given the era this implies presence at the Zulu, Sudan / Egypt and / or Boer Wars, the second is the unusual hilt design towards the pommel, where the bars open so as to allow the sword to be wielded more effectively, implying this sword was not intended solely for dress use.

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The sword is aged and has seen better days, but is still very sound and attractive. The 32 3/4 inch (1 1/8" wide at ricasso) blade's last quarter towards the point was once sharp, but no longer. The etching is still very clear, though minimal in content. No maker's / retailer's name appears on the ricasso, a sure sign it was bought through a small outfitters or even that the original owner demanded it be omitted. The blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt has a pleasing patina all over; one of the smallest bars on one side is missing and who knows how that happened. The sword would have originally has a leather fields scabbard, but this is no more, the dress scabbard alone remaining but in fairly good order, the sword sheathing well enough. The fishskin grip is well worn, period wielding wear more likely than anything else.

Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Please quote item reference number C14 - Box 624-1.18.

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