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1798P Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's Broadsword, sold

A rare Napoleonic era Scottish highland officer's broadsword, with circa 1700 Andrea Ferara blade.

1798P Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's Broadsword, earlier Andrea Ferara bladeimage C34 1

Sold Item Notice

This is a rare sword and bears the signs that it was held by an active front line officer as the final bars have been period removed; these final bars offered no extra protection to officers yet prevented them from wielding the sword well. Another indication that this sword was held by an active service officer is the family, circa 1700 Andrea Ferara blade.

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The brass hilts of these swords offered notoriously poor protection, and most examples the hilt is badly damaged one way or another; this sword is no exception. Apart from the removed final bars, there are other breakages and repairs; it is difficult to say if they are period or not. One side of the hilt looks a little better than the other, but do not let us degrade the sword too much as it is still a fine evocative piece. This hilt is also a little unique in there appears to be an emblem formed on the inside of the quillon; for me it is either a stag head proper or the British Isles.

The multi-fullered 32 3/4 inch blade is in good though in aged condition, the Andrea Ferara markings a little worn, particularly one side. The blade is firm in the hilt, the fishskin grip is aged and worn in places, the original twisted grip wire is missing. This is the pattern of sword worn by Scottish infantry officers during the Napoleonic wars and it would be surprising if this sword was not present during at least one battle. A solid investment=. Further / full sized images available upon request. Please quote item number C34 (648).

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