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Basket Hilted Broad Sword of Scottish “Horseman” Type Circa 1730

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Price: £4,500

Ref: 037.17

Item Description

A good Scottish basket hilted broad sword dating to the second quarter of the 18th century. The fully developed hilt consists of boldly made rounded bars and flattened well-formed guard plates pierced with triangles, circles and engraved with  line decoration. The plates are cut with fretted edges fashioned as squares and merlons. An oval “horseman” ring is built into the front of the hilt.

The pommel is dome shaped with an integral button on top. The three upper arms of the guard are securely tucked into a groove cut almost all around the lower half of the pommel. The sword hilt is tight and secure in hand.

The tapering double-edged broadsword blade has a ricasso which extends for 2 inches (5 cm) from the hilt. Two broad fullers sit inside this and emanate from the hilt alongside each blunt edge and terminate where the sharp edges begin. From the end of the ricasso either side three pronounced fullers extend side by side down the blade to its tip. Inside the central fuller on one side is the punched name “ANDRIA FARARA” further embellished by cross marks inside the central fuller and those adjacent. The same marks were once applied in the same places on the other side of the blade but are now feint.

The original grip is of wood, spirally grooved and covered with shagreen and bound with twisted strips of wire. A “Turks Head” is present at the top of the grip and an iron band has been applied to the base. The hilt retains a leather liner. In general the sword is in good condition with a few minor patches of blackened age staining. The blade length is 29.5 inches (75 cm) and the overall length of the sword is 35 inches (89 cm).

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