MakeRef 3307. A very rare English Civil War 17th Century Mortuary hilt Sword for sale.
Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK. See our website andrewbottomley.com. Ref 3307. A very rare 17th Century English Mortuary basket hilt Sword with a wide blade. This type of sword was carried during the English Civil War circa 1642-1651. Oliver Cromwell is known to have carried a similar Mortuary style basket hilt sword. The Steel basket guard chisseled with faces representing King Charles the first. The blade in very good condition. Large lobed chisseled iron pommel with three bars from the guard fixed with screws. Blade length 35 inches. Overall length 42 inches. The grip and fish-skin covering still in good condition. A good honest completely untouched piece. After the execution of King Charles the First in 1649, basket-hilt swords were made which depicted the face or death mask of the "martyred" king on the hilt. These swords came to be known as Mortuary swords,, Mortuary swords have now become extremely difficult to find. Ref 3307. If you wish to purchase this item please visit our website andrewbottomley.com where you can pay by credit/debit card or bank transfer at no extra charge. Established 1968.