In battle damaged condition, a rare Waterloo Cameron Highlanders Basket Hilted Broadsword
The previous owner was a prolific gun collector but had a few special swords as well; this is one of them. With it came a passed down claim that it was at the Battle of Waterloo. Sure, every sword collector claims / likes to believe that. But this one (a 1798 pattern, as was used at Waterloo) is marked to the Cameron Highlanders, has period damage to the forward cutting edge of the blade, and the brass hilt, the type prone to damage, has what you would expect when you understand the Cameron Highlanders probably suffered the greatest number of fallen soldiers of any British regiment in that battle (click here / see Scottish Soldiers at Waterloo). Could this sword have stayed at home and somehow got this damage away from the battlefield? No! There is no doubt in our experienced and honest minds that this sword was at both Quatre Bras and the murderous epicenter of Waterloo, no doubt.
The 30 /18 inch blade has battle damage roughness to the forward cutting edge of the J J Runkel Solingen blade. Blade still firm in the grip and hilt, what is left of it. The grip sound and original; oh but who once held this (whoever it was is highly unlikely to have survived the battle).
Well, hold it, think of where it was, and then say whether it was worth the price; £4000. Please quote item reference AG20. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1347-101x19x16 (2.460).