Victorian Scottish Infantry Officer's Basket
Hilted Broadsword, sold
In sound condition, a Victorian Scottish infantry officer's broadsword
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.
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.