18 June 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 6,875
GBP 5,000 - GBP 7,000
A RARE SCOTTISH BASKET-HILTED BROADSWORD SIGNED WITH INITIALS BY THOMAS GEMMELL OF GLASGOW
With double-edged blade stamped 'Andrea' and 'Farara' between a pair of orb marks within a frame of short fullers on respective sides, linear-engraved fluted iron hilt, the basket-guard signed with the initials 'TG' over 'G' stamped on the underside, matching pommel, and original fishskin grip bound with silver wire between shaped embossed silver collars
33¼in (84.5cm) blade
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Thomas Gemmell was admitted as a Burgess and Guild-Brother in Glasgow in 1709. See Charles E. Whitelaw, Scottish Arms Makers (ed. Sarah Bater), London 1977, p.217.
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