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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 Late 17th Century Highland Scottish Dirk

A very rare Scottish dirk dating to the second half of the 17th century. The grip is deeply carved with Celtic interlace in the Highland manner and is mounted with a cut-down broad sword blade. The dirk dates to the period when the Catholic James II & VII was deposed as King of England, Scotland and Ireland, and replaced by his daughter Mary II and his Dutch nephew William III …

Scottish Basket Hilted Sword of “Glasgow Style” Dating to Circa 1720 to 1735

This robust Scottish Basket-Hilted sword dates to the period separating the failed Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 / 19 and 1745. The sword is in splendid original and crisp condition. The attractively contoured hilt is of fine quality and an example of the highest standard of sword manufacture in Glasgow at the time. The hilt is forged from thick iron bars testament to the skill of the hilt maker.  Although the …

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 …

Scottish Basket Hilted Sword of Early “Glasgow Style” Dating to the Late 17th Century

A Scottish basket hilted sword dating to the late 17th century.  The sword is of early “Glasgow” form and dates to the period during which James II / VII was deposed as King of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1688, the beginning of the Jacobite period, and the Glencoe Massacre in 1692. It is a particularly fine and rare example of its time with an attractively balanced and well shaped …

Scottish Basket Hilted Sword Dating to Circa 1715

A fine, nicely balanced and boldly constructed Scottish basket hilted sword dating to the first quarter of the 18th century and the years surrounding the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. The sword is in firm original condition and mounted with a robust hilt formed from thick structural bars with attractive contours and without damage or repairs. The sword is mounted with a double edged blade and retains its scabbard.  The primary …

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