Boer War era Scottish Infantry Officer's
Basket Hilted Broadsword, sold
In good condition, a rare Camouflaged / Browned Boer War era Scottish
Infantry Officer's Basket Hilted Broadsword.
The sword blade has no crown on it to be able to determine which
reign it was made under, which means the officer was either not,
or he had scant regard for (English) royalty, or it was in the period
between one monarch passing away and the new one being crowned.
Given it is Boer War era browned, for camouflage, not dress, we
believe it is the second possibility. Etched at ricasso to sword
cutler Samuel Moses, Mansell Street, EC (London).
The 32 1/2 inch blade also appears to have been browned (it looks
like browning rather than patina). Etching still clear. Blade firm
in hilt. The browned hilt with some rust splotches (a couple), some
slight bending (not much). The scarlet liner aged but sound. The
fishskin grip is good but has lost its twisted grip wire bindings.
The steel scabbard was once browned but has been over cleaned, so
most of the browning has gone. But the scabbard is still in good
shape and the sword sheathes / draws well, if a little loosely.
A scarce and interesting sword. A great buy at £? (too late,
now sold). Please quote item reference number P08 (0192). Full sized
/ additional photos available upon request.