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WW1 Scottish Black Watch Basket Hilted Broadsword, For Sale

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.

Robert James Halliday Johnstone

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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 (2.608).

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