WW1 Scottish Black Watch Basket Hilted Broadsword,
In overall very good condition, a WW1 Scottish Black Watch Named
KIA Officer's Basket Hilted Broadsword, Capt. Robert James Halliday
Johnstone. This item is now reserved with a deposit under our layaway
program; hold expires 14th December 2019.
MIA Presumed Dead 26th September 1917 when the trench he was in
was directly hit by a shell; he was literally blown to pieces. Provenance:
Blade initialed "R J H J", plus Leckie Graham Glasgow
receipt for the all weather bag 12th April 1915 for a Capt Johnstone.
The superbly grey etched 32 inch blade is in very good condition
except for a patina speckle patch towards the point and some rubbing
(photos do not do it justice). Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt
overall very good, quite tight for someone with big hands. Grip
and grip wire both very good. The original scarlet liner and tassel
good but worn / aged, as is the royal blue ribbon / edging. Leather
field service scabbard with wear but good. The sword sheathes and
draws well. Crossguard to convert sword into crosshilt in good order
and fits into the small front pocket of the all weather bag. All
weather bag with age but good.
A really great sword in very good condition and absolute provenance.
A real investment for £1500. Please quote item reference AE63.
Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0968-121x19x17