In good condition, a Napoleonic Scottish 1798P Basket Hilted Broadsword
Period sharpened and with period nicks to the cutting edge! Where oh where has this 1798P seen active service?! These broadswords saw service with Scottish regiments of the British Army in bother Peninsular and 100 Days (Waterloo) Napoleonic Wars.
There is no scabbard and the areas of pitting around the forte do not match either side, so it is likely this is the “shadow” of the former leather scabbard (not a reforging of a broken blade – the blade has not been broken). No maker’s or other markings (common).
The 32 1/2 inch period sharpened double edged broadsword blade is in fair to good condition, some nicks, firm in the grip; the hilt with a tiny bit of movement. The brass hilt has a few bends, dents and bar breaks, but this is common (not least because brass looks great, but is much weaker than steel), especially for a sword that has see active service. Otherwise the guard / hilt is very good. The fishskin grip is aged and worn but sound, though it has lost its twisted grip wire bindings (again, common with sword grips that have been held tight a lot).
A 1798 pattern with clear signs of battle duty yet in very good condition considering. One of the most evocative investments that you can buy for just £2000. Please quote item reference ZZ51. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1702-105x15x14 (1.919)