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WW1 era Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's Broadsword, for sale

In fair / sound condition, a George V / WW1 Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's Basket Hilted Broadsword.

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The GRV cypher just, only just visible on the blade, the maker's name to the ricasso too feint to tell, only a "Proved" with a "P" copper insert to go on, this sword was most likely made by Pillin. Serial number 15962 to the spine appears to confirm this. Engraved "S 17" to just above the proof stud, this sword was either regimentally owned or was at some stage in a museum collection.

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The 32 1/2 inch blade is good but has been re-plated at least once to the point very little detail can be seen (the proof slug has not been over-plated which indicates this was done to a service sword). Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt also having been plated at a later date has suffered with plating loss and light rust patches; this has clearly happened over time and again points to this being a regiment service sword. The buff leather hilt insert is aged and the interior leather is flaking away. The fishskin grip shows wear and dry shrinkage but is sound to good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The leather with steel fittings field service scabbard and frog / straps are all sound, but not great; the frog strap has given way, the steel fittings with rust. The sword sheathes and draws well.

Still, a scarce and nice enough sword, and only £750. Please quote item reference number AF10. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1067-121x19x17 (2.914).

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