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.
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.
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.
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