In fair to good condition, a super rare Circa 1745 British Loyal Scottish Highland Infantry Officer’s Backsword.
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The round pommel and twin slim fullered back blade (plus the double broad arrow out of service mark) show this is British (rather than Scottish). The plain hilt (no Saltires, hearts, etc) speaks of the anti-Jacobite era (1840 to after Culloden). The round pommel and blade type of mid 18C British build. There is also a “B” struck to the base of the hilt. There is a good possibility this sword was held by a Loyal Scottish infantryman at Culloden. There is even a nick to cutting edge and period damage to the point (now rounded).
The 33 1/4 inch (probably was 33 1/2 inches originally) is aged with patina and pretty firm in the hilt / grip. The hilt with age but luckily very little damage (there is a break one side where a side bar joins the pommel ring), plus the pommel itself easily rotates. The fishskin grip is actually good though the twisted grip wire is gone. Most likely a sargeant’s sword; at this time the broad arrow denotes having been bought from the King’s money; the double broad arrow shows it was decommissioned.
Go on, try and find another. Yours for was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Q16. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0331-1.18 (2.367).