Scottish baskethilted backsword

This baskethilted backsword dates from about 1760 and has an unusual basket with twin engraved "horned beastie" plaques and a blade with twin fullers. The original blade is German in origin but the blade and hilt are contemporary. Early Scottish highland swords almost invariably had double-edged broadsword blades, but by the time of the Battle of Culloden (1746) the single-edged backsword was at least equal in popularity. The blade of this sword is fully tempered 1566 high-carbon steel. The grip is wire-wrapped rayskin and the basket liner is of felt-covered leather. Includes a leather covered wooden scabbard with steel fittings.

length: 39 1/2"
blade: 33"
blade width at ricasso: 1 1/4"
blade width at 2" from tip: 9/16"
sharpened false edge: 5 1/4"
basket interior grip length: 5"
grip and pommel: 6 1/2"
balance point: 3" from basket
weight (sword): 2 lb 14.6 oz
weight (sword & scabbard): 3 lb 6.4 oz

Price: $420

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