Culloden era Scottish infantry officer's
backsword / broadsword
Circa 1720-30, an iron hilted Scottish infantry officer's backsword
/ broadsword complete with scabbard.
Please note: this is a backsword / broadsword because the lower
half of the blade is double edged while the upper half is single
The iron hilt work, pronounced pommel nipple and rounded style
of the pommel itself dates this Scottish infantry officer's backsword
to around 1720 to 1730, maybe a little later. Certainly in time
for and probably in use during the Jacobite rebellion which ended
with their bloody defeat at Culloden by the Hanoverian English troops
and the few loyal Scottish clans. The blade may actually be a little
earlier; a fine blade remounted as was common.
A rare sword especially in that it comes with its original scabbard,
though the last section of the reinforced leather chape is missing;
still, it is lovely to get one still with its scabbard and a repair
is quite possible.
Whoever owned this sword originally was a very big and strong Scotsman;
it weighs 1.445 Kg and the blade is a massive 38.75 inches (98.5
cm) longer than a Napoleonic French Cuirassier's blade. It is extremely
well made and very satisfying though tiring to wield. He was also
right handed and the basket is sized for the knuckles of a right
The blade has a fair degree of rusted areas, though the rust is
now stable and the blade strong; it is still firm in the hilt. The
hilt has a small section broken off and another slightly indented
with an associated breakage od one of the small bar joints. I have
looked, I can not find any maker marks on the hilt. The grip is
still good though worn; the"Turks heads" ferrules and
ring bindings still good and firm.
This is a superb sword from a very important era of Scottish history.
Full sized images upon request.