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Georgian Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's Broadsword by Mole, Sold

In good condition, a scarce circa 1834 Georgian Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's Broadsword by Mole.

Circa 1834 Georgian Scottich Highland Infantry Officer's Broadsword by MoleImage af17 1

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The early type claymore blade, the rounded hilt bars, the leather and steel scabbard, and the maker's mark "Mole" date this Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's Broadsword to around 1834. The underside of the hilt appears to be marked "5.1.90.00", but there are no standard / regulation regimental markings and what these numbers relate to is purely speculative. There are several B3 under broad arrow view marks which confirm this sword would have been issued (it is not a private purchase officer's sword), probably to a sergeant.

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The 32 3/8 inch blade, made for fighting, clearly was once sharpened at the point end but was blunted upon decommissioning, is in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The steel hilt has some denting but not too much, with a steady patina on the outside and light rust to the interior and base. The fishskin grip has wear but is overall very good for an issued sword of this age; the twisted grip wire bindings also good. Remains of the scarlet tassel. The leather and steel fittings scabbard is sound but with age, a kink, some loose stitching and rust to the fittings. The sword sheathes and draws well but there is a slight gap with the hilt when full sheathed, no doubt due to leather shrinkage.

Find another! Great price; £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number AF17 (1073). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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