Napoleonic / Waterloo Scottish Highland Infantry
Officer's Sword, Sold
In good though period hilt damaged condition, a rare Napoleonic
/ Waterloo Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's basked hilted sword,
Campbell family provenance.
This sword was sold to us by a member of the Campbell clan / family.
Little is known about it, except it had been in the family for time
immemorial and the presumption was that it came from the Napoleonic
Wars, which includes the Battle of Waterloo where this pattern of
sword was used and there were several Campbell family officers serving
/ in action. All we physically have is a document attesting this
sword came from the Campbell family. So many dealers make outlandish
claims without substance about their sales items; we do not but
believe this sword has seen battle (period damage to hilt and nicks
to sword blade) so as to make it almost certain to have been involved
physically in the Napoleonic Peninsular and / or 100 Days (Waterloo)
These swords are rare in any event and our price is justified irrespective
of whether it was at Waterloo or not, just based on the scarcity
of the sword and the documented provenance to the Campbell family.
Be advised though, the hilt may look quite nice in some photos but
these gilt on brass hilts were prone to easy damage, and this one
is no exception. In fact, part of the hilt is missing and another
part has clearly been reattached at a later date. The hilt is frail
and should be bought on that basis and treated with great respect.
The single center fullered blade is absolutely correct, most likely
a blade made in Solingen and imported into Great Britain by JJ Runkel.
The blade is 31 7/8 inches long with patina, wear and nicks. Blade
firm in hilt. The hilt with much wear and damage (part of the hilt
is missing - it is a period loss by the looks of the black oxidation
to the breakage poins) and repair (part of the hilt fell off as
I packed the item; it had been glued on "repaired" some
time prior; can be copper brazed back on / more permanently repaired
- I have merely super-glued it back on) - see last two added photos,
and amazingly much gilt remains to make it still impressive looking
to this day at certain angles. The fishskin grip and twisted grip
wire bindings are above average to good condition.
Truly, when you hold this sword, you are quite if not most likely
to be holding a sword held at Waterloo by one of the several Campbell
clan / family officers. If we had a written statement from the Campbell
family that it was at Waterloo, the price would be double. It would
be easy enough for us to falsify this, but we have not, we simply
have the documented provenance we say we have, but believe this
sword was at that most famous battle.
We must be crazy selling it for only (was) £1000, now £800.
Please quote item reference number K82 (1175). Full sized / additional
photos available upon request.
Sold on the basis the hilt section will likely come off again at
some point, unless brazed permanently on.
Photos below are added to above original photos (after piece of
glued hilt came off while packing - now super-glued back on - OK
for display, not for strength - to effect permanent repair, the
piece needs to be brazed back on, which it can be as the break points