17 December 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,000
Estimate GBP 600 - GBP 800
A COMPOSITE MILITARY BROADSWORD; AND A COMPOSITE MILITARY BACKSWORD
LATE 18TH CENTURY AND EARLY 17TH CENTURY
The first with tapering two-stage blade, iron regulation Dragoon half-basket guard of flattened bars, the base cut with pairs of slots, earlier pommel, and later wire-bound grip (the blade and pommel each heavily pitted); the second with Tessak blade double-edged toward the point and with traces of marks within the fullers on one side, iron hilt formed with a pair of short quillons and a pair of arms, gadrooned pommel, and later wooden grip.
33 5/8in (85.4cm) and 39 1/8in (99.3cm) blades (2)
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