~ Excellent 1735-40 Scottish Basket Hilted Sword by Andrea Ferrara ~
Andrea Ferrara, was a type of sword-blade that was highly esteemed in Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Sir Walter Scott notes that the name of Andrea de Ferrara was inscribed "on all the Scottish broadswords that are accounted of peculiar excellence".
Ferrara was a Spanish or Italian artificer who was brought to Scotland in the early sixteenth century by James III to instruct the Scots in the manufacture of the high-quality steel blades current in Renaissance Europe.
His method of manufacture remains much a mystery, but it is suspected that they were made by interlamination, a process of welding the blade in alternate layers of iron and steel. The blades were special in their extreme flexibility. It is said that Ferrara himself always carried one wrapped up in his bonnet. The blades rarely broke, even under immense force and when used to deal horizontal blows.
The ribbon and hearts steel basket preserves a part of its brown leather lining and spiral steel reinforced wooden grip held inside.
The blade has the very rare version of the name Andrea Ferrara stamped here as "Andria Varara" on both sides of the blade. "Farara/Ferara/Varara" is associated often with Rob Roy's swords.
Both sides of the blade are stamped in the same manner, with triple x-is in front and behind the names.
The piece comes with its original steel and leather scabbard, which is quite unusual for a piece this old.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade has a length of 32 inches (81cm), with the sword having an overall length of 38 ½ inches (98 cm). It weighs 1.4 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The blade is in fair used condition with some significant damage on its mid to tip section.
The basket remains in good condition as well as the grip.
The scabbard is quite worn, which is to be expected at this age.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £35 or it can be collected in person from our shop.
For international postage please contact us via the messaging service and we will post tracked at cost.
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