• Arms & Armour auction at Christies

    Sale 5863

    Arms & Armour

    30 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 41

    AN UNUSUAL BASKET-HILTED BACKSWORD; AND A VICTORIAN HIGHLAND OFFICER'S REGULATION BROADSWORD

    SECOND QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY AND LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    AN UNUSUAL BASKET-HILTED BACKSWORD; AND A VICTORIAN HIGHLAND OFFICER'S REGULATION BROADSWORD
    SECOND QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY AND LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The first in heavily patinated condition, perhaps excavated, with broad blade double-edged towards the point and cut with three long fullers on both sides, basket-guard of Glasgow type but unusually constructed of flattened bars slotted to form very slender pairs of bars, with aperture for reins, later pommel and grip each in 'aged' condition, and an old collection tag inscribed 'Glen Lyon H4'; the second of 1865 pattern, the blade etched over its full length, the hilt retaining the original grip
    The first 32¾in (83.2cm) blade (2)


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    The Campbells of Glenlyon became infamous as the perpetrators of the Massacre at Glencoe, 13 February 1692.

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