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In this section we illustrate objects which possess a certain uniqueness or scarcity that require a more detailed description than is usual. Each item is featured in a short essay which we hope is both informative and interesting in each case. If you would like to receive further information please let us know by email through the Contact section of our site or by telephone. We will be pleased to hear from you

A rare Silver Mounted North Indian Mughal Pesh-Kabz Dagger of the late 18th century with a noble dedication

A fine and elegant Pesh-Kabz forged with a blade of typical curved and pointed shape made from the finest Indian crystalline wootz steel. The dagger is notable and scarce because of its inscription which points to Sunni beliefs and its origin in the Mughal kingdoms of India in the 18th century. The blade has a re-enforced back edge of “T” section which optimises maximum strength and lightness of weight in …

A fine and rare English Military Matchlock Musket dated 1640 on the barrel with the maker’s initials of the London Gunmaker William Ridgway: Ex-Meyrick Collection

A fine and rare English Matchlock Musket dating to just before the English Civil War and Commonwealth periods which began in 1642 and ended in 1660. The matchlock is the earliest form of musket ignition mechanism where a piece of smouldering match cord was used to ignite the priming powder in the pan. By the second quarter of the 17th century the matchlock musket had evolved into the form seen …

A very rare and important Scottish Silver Basket Hilted Sword dating to circa 1700 by William Scott II of Elgin

With a hilt made of solid silver rather than iron this imposing sword is a prestigious weapon. Although silver is a softer metal, the balance of the sword, and the high quality of its blade, as is the case with other surviving Scottish silver hilted swords, indicate that it was made for use as well as attractive appearance. Records exist of swords being taken from high ranking Jacobite prisoners that …

A fine Mid-18th Century Scottish Basket Hilted Sword by Walter Allan of Stirling

A fine Scottish basket hilted sword dating to the mid part of the 18th century made by Walter Allan of Stirling. The elaborate and complex nature of this hilt is typical of the unique forms produced by this maker which are an innovative departure from the usual basket hilt designs of the time. Underneath the rear quillon the maker’s marks, the letters “W” and “A”, are present which represent Walter …

A Pair of Mid-18th century Scroll Butt Pistols by John Murdoch of Doune

This fine pair of pistols was in private ownership with a single family line from at least 1817 until they were sold at Christies in London in 2008. They were the property of Lieutenant-General Hugh Percy, who lived from 1742 until 1817. He had served with distinction in The American Revolutionary War. As Commanding Officer of the relief column at the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775, Percy saved …

An Impressive State Two-Handed Sword of the Guard of Julius Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg in Wolfenbüttel Dated 1574

This impressive and massive sword forms part of the well documented group made for Duke Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (lived 1528-1589) in 1573 and 1574. The sword type is the most impressive and distinctive to emerge from the evolution of the two-handed sword in Europe. Duke Julius was the ruler of one of the most important military principalities in the Germanic region at the time. It lies in Lower Saxony east …

An Extremely Rare Scottish Basket Hilted Sword dating to the mid-16th Century

A fine and extremely rare Scottish Basket Hilted Sword dating to circa 1545 – 1560 An extremely rare, fine, and important Scottish basket hilted sword dating to the middle of the 16th century when Scotland and England were two separate kingdoms ruled by different monarchs. This was a time of turbulence and change in Scotland when Mary Queen of Scots occupied the throne from 1542 – 1567 and many Scottish …

A fine Scottish Broad Sword with Brass Basket Hilt dating to the late 17th or early 18th Century

A fine and scarce Scottish sword dating to the late 17th or early 18th century mounted with a brass basket hilt. The broad structural bars of the guard are of flattened rectangular section decorated on the outside with incised longitudinal grooves along the middle flanked by narrower lines. This style of decoration is associated with the sword makers of Glasgow. The “Glasgow style” is distinctive and represents the highest quality …

An English Silver Mounted Hanger by Thomas Vicaridge with Slave Trade associations dating to between 1682 and 1697

A uniquely designed English silver mounted hanger made by the silversmith and cutler Thomas Vicaridge of London. The pommel is mounted with a blackamoor head and the knuckle bow displays a crowned bust which represents Charles II, James II or William III, that as ruling monarchs of England held a monopoly on the British slave trade through the Royal African Company that lasted from 1660 to 1698. The maker’s mark …

An Early 18th Century Highland Scottish Targe

Targes are shields which were an important item of Scottish clan weaponry. They were used in substantial numbers from the late 16th century until the middle of the 18th when weapons were proscribed in the Highlands by the Disarming Acts enforced by the British Government after the failure of the last Jacobite Rebellion in 1745.  After this clans ceased to function as independent military organisations. Targes were effectively used at …

Scottish Basket Hilted Sword of “Glasgow Style” Dating to Circa 1730

A single shallow fuller extends down the middle of the blade from the hilt on each side for 6 inches (15 cm) after which it is of lenticular section to its tip. Inside the fullers each side a Running Wolf is incised flanked by the word ANDRIA in a frame on one side near to hilt and FARARA on the other with various cross shaped dots. The running wolf is …

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