~ Circa 1745 Scottish Dragoons Pattern Basket Hilted Sword With Scabbard ~
The basket is stamped with an 'IS' sword-smiths mark for John Simpson the Elder, a Glaswegian armourer.
The blade is double-fullered and double edged towards the tip. Its grips are made of wood covered with wired black ray skin.
Judging by the blade’s pattern we believe it was made in Italy, but having no proofing marks it is hard to confirm.
These types of swords were used by Highlanders in the uprisings of 1715 and 1745.
The sword comes with its leather scabbard with steel fittings.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade length is 33.5 inches (85 cm) and its overall length is 39.5 inches (100.4 cm).
The scabbard length is 34 inches (86.3 cm).
It weighs 1.43 kg.
~ Condition ~
The sword is in very good condition for its age.
The blade has minor spots of rust and several minor nicks so it has seen active service, as clearly seen in the pictures.
The basket is well preserved having only the normal signs of aging developing a black patina.
The grip is in good order, it appears to have being rewired at some point in time.
The scabbard is partially worn, preserving its good shape and excellent tight stitching. Its ferrel has a few dents.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £20 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.