Victorian Royal Scots Infantry Officer's
Basket Hilted Sword, sold
In very good condition, a Victorian Royal Scots infantry officer's
basket hilted broadsword.
Bladed etched at the ricasso / forte to "Hobson & Son
1, 3 & 5 Lexington St London", which means the sword dates
from 1887 to 1901. The blade probably has been replated but very
well so, as the etching is still clear, so probably done by experts
at the end of the 19th / beginning of the 20th Century to prolonging
the useful service life of the sword rather than done by a dealer
/ collector more later.
The 32 7/8 inch blade is longer than normal, indicating it was
made for a stout officer with a long arm. The blade is in very good
condition, a little rust spot here and there towards the point,
but nothing much. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt with age / small
rust patches but solid and sound. The fishskin grip in good shape.
The hilt liner and tassel aged but still quite good. The steel scabbard
appears to have been treated at some stage, perhaps if the officer
was going on active service (e.g. Boer War), so a bright steel scabbard
did not identify him as a target to snipers. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
A lovely sword for only £(sorry, too late, it is now sold,
but we will divulge the original sales price for a fee). Please
quote item reference K93 (1172). Further / full sized images available