1930's Stirling Style Broadsword, Meyer &
In good condition, this basket hilted broadsword was made for
Charles Kennedy, the 5th Marquess of Ailsa. The Marquess of Ailsa
is the hereditary Clan Chief of Clan Kennedy.
Documented provenance attesting to the fact this sword was made
for and owned by Charles
Kennedy, the 5th Marquess of Ailsa, former owner of Culzean
Castle on the Ayrshire coast. It is believed the sword was made
for his marriage (2nd) to Helen Ethel McDouall in 1933 and was also
worn at functions thereafter. Charles Kennedy led a full life in
England, then Australia, then the USA and finally Scotland.
Made in the Stirling style by renowned makers Meyers and Mortimer
while they were in Conduit Street London (they were bombed out during
the London Blitz / WW2). The long 34 inch blade is also quite broad
at 1 1.2 inches at the ricasso; clearly the blade was specially
made for the Marquess; etched with symmetrical Celtic patterns and
firm in the hilt. The blade has patina areas to the point and small
spots hear and there. The hilt with some plating loss spots is generally
good. The faux fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings all
in very good order. The faux leather and plated metal fittings scabbard,
with Celtic symmetric pattern to one side in in very good shape.
The sword sheathes and draws well. What a great chance to own a
superb basket hilt with top provenance. Further / full sized images
available upon request. Please quote item reference number C76 (680).