In overall good condition for its age, a rare Victorian Scots Guards Basket Hilt Broadsword
This is a rare sword because the Scots Guards did not ordinarily carry basket hilted broadswords but foot guards pattern sword; it is carried by pipers (the Scottish Guardsmen that play the bag pipes) including on occasions such as Trooping the Colour. The maker’s name is very feint, but it appears to be “Gordon London”; Gordon was a sword cutler from 1859 to 1872.
Th 31 inch blade with Scots Guards emblem and Victorian royal cypher etched to the blade is in overall very good condition but has a couple of nicks and the proof slug is missing. Blade firm in the hilt. The basket hilt also has a Scots Guards emblem engraved to it. The hilt / guard has suffered a bit the test of time and has a few areas of plating loss and even light surface rust. The original fishskin grip has gone and been replaced with a later rudimentary grip (sometimes, replacement fishskin grips do become available and are easy to fit on these swords as the pommel nuts are screwed on). The scarlet hilt insert is aged but sound. The leather and steel scabbard with Scottish ball chape is in good overall condition. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Truly a rare sword and one you may never see available again, so be quick; £1300. Please quote item reference X90. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1369-119x18x16 (2.525).