1760 Pattern British Infantry Officer's 3/4
Basket Hilt Sword, sold
An exceptionally rare circa 1760 3/4 basket hilted British infantry
officer's sword, with clear sword fighting damage, most likely from
the American War of Independence (Revolutionary War), made by Samuel
Harvey and in excellent condition.
This an exceptionally rare sword, and we bought two from the same
collector. A Samuel Harvey 3/4 basket hilt, mostly found on cavalry
swords of the era, but also on the rarer infantry sabre as you see
here. This sword has been used in hand to hand, sword to sword combat.
The cutting edge has period nicks, and the forte / ricasso is fold
damaged; this is where two swordsmen lock swords together. This
aged damage is not easy to forge, and no-one is likely to want to
try. It is possible that the sword could date back a few years,
perhaps 1755 at the earliest. So it is possible the battle damage
came from the French Indian War in North America, where the British
actually fought alongside American forces against the French. But
most likely the damage is from the US War of Independence.
In any event, just do an internet search for "Samuel Harvey
3/4 Basket Hilt" and you will soon see how rare and normally
very expensive these swords are.
The 31 inch blade is worn and period battle damaged as previously
stated, but is in very good condition overall. Firm in the hilt,
the steel hilt is also in very good shape indeed. Amazingly, the
fishskin grip and associated twisted grip wire bindings are not
just present but also very good, though the grip does move a bit,
which should be expected.
A rare and superb sword with an evocative history and well above
average condition, yet at a well below average price. Whereas you
can normally expect to pay £3000 for a Samuel Harvey 3/4 basket
hilt in very good condition, our price is only £xxxx. Please
quote item reference H66 (996). Further / full sized images available