C1745 British Loyal Scottish Highland Infantry
Officer's Backsword for sale
In fair to good condition, a super rare Circa 1745 British Loyal
Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's Backsword.
The round pommel and twin slim fullered back blade (plus the double
arrow out of service mark) show this is British (rather than
Scottish). The plain hilt (no Saltires, hearts, etc) speaks of the
anti-Jacobite era (1840 to after Culloden). The round pommel and
blade type of mid 18C British build. There is also a "B"
struck to the base of the hilt. There is a good possibility this
sword was held by a Loyal Scottish infantryman at Culloden. There
is even a nick to cutting edge and period damage to the point (now
The 33 1/4 inch (probably was 33 /12 inches originally) is aged
with patina and pretty firm in the hilt / grip. The hilt with age
but luckily very little damage (there is a break one side where
a side bar joins the pommel ring), plus the pommel itself easily
rotates. The fishskin grip is actually good though the twisted grip
wire is gone. Most likely a sargeant's sword; at this time the broad
arrow denotes having been bought from the King's money; the double
broad arrow shows it was decommissioned.
Go on, try and find another. Yours for £1750. Please quote
item reference Q16. Further / full sized images available upon request.
Box 0331-1.18 (2.367).