Late 18th Century Highland Foot Regiment
Officer's Sword (Sold)
Exceptionally rare circa 1793-8 Highland infantry officer's backsword
with Andria Ferara blade.
This is such a rare sword that even the example illustrated in
"Swords of the British Army" (Brian Robson) is in worse
condition (the reference book example has a broken hilt) than the
sword I have here. This sword was a result of an attempt to regulate
British Army swords in the late 18th Century. This sword would have
been carried by an officer in one of the highland foot regiments,
though not the 78th Highlanders (the Brian Robson example is from
that regiment and has a slightly different hilt design). This pattern
of sword was carried by Scottish Highland officers in the Napoleonic
What makes this sword so nice is the fact it has the officer's
family blade from around 1720-1730. The blade is marked to "Andria
Farara" a famous blade smith originally from Toledo Spain who
used this type of blade and spelling of his name in that period.
So the blade may well have seen the battlefield of Culloden, either
yielded by this sword's ancestor as a loyalist highlander or taken
from a rebellious Jacobite.
The 77cm backsword blade is firm in the hilt. The stunning ivory
grip and its associated ring bindings (grip wire) is in excellent
condition. The hilt has lost some of its gilt and out most bar is
bent inwards a little (can be corrected with care). Further pictures
available upon request.