In very good condition, a WW1 era Canadian Black Watch Officer’s Basket Hilt Broadsword
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Maker Gaunt, serial number 17140 (late WW1, probably 1917). Etched to the blade the badge of the Black Watch and their motto “Nemo me impune lacessit” (No one provokes me with impunity), plus scroll “The Royal Highlanders of Canada”.
The supremely well etched 32 5/8 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The basket hilt with some tiny specs is nonetheless very good. The fishskin grip and associated grip wire bindings have some wear but are good; there is a little movement of the grip. The crimson red hilt liner is aged but good, though has all but a few threads of its Royal Blue edging. The crimson tassel has age, has lost a few strands, but is good considering. The field service leather scabbard with steel chape and throat is a bit aged / worn but good. The sword sheathes and draws well. Includes an interchangeable cross hilt guard (not shown in photos here but is in additional photos)(the pommel nut unscrews allowing the removal of the basket hilt in order to place / use instead the cross hilt guard).
Come on. A WW1 Black Watch basket hilt in VGC for only was £? (too late, now sold); we must be crazy! Please quote item reference AG69. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1505-129x17x16 (2.900).