1760 Model British Infantry Officer's 3/4
Basket Hilt Sword, Sold
The second of two exceptionally rare circa 1760 3/4 basket hilted
British infantry officer's swords we acquired, most likely from
the American War of Independence (Revolutionary War), made by Samuel
Harvey and in very good 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 may have been used in hand to hand, sword to sword
combat. The cutting edge has a few period nicks. It is possible
that the sword could date back a few years, perhaps 1755 at the
earliest. So it is possible any 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 any damage is
from the US War of Independence.
Just do a Google search for "Samuel Harvey 3/4 Basket Hilt"
and you will soon see how rare and normally very expensive these
The 31 inch blade is worn and what appears to be some period battle
damaged (nicks), 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. The hilt does have some movement
in relation to the grip and blade.
A rare and lovely sword and well above average condition, yet at
a well below average price. Forget the £3000 you would normally
need to shell out for a Samuel Harvey 3/4 basket hilt sword in this
condition, our price is only £? (too late, now sold). Please
quote item reference H67 (1033). Further / full sized images available