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.
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.
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
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).