DescriptionScottish Baskethilt Backsword, Claidheamh Cuil.
Approximately 34 1/2-inch single edge blade with thickened back, retaining its full length. Three fullers on each side of the blade. Blade is marked XX ANDREA FERRARA XX and features an array of Armorer's mark [including half-moons with five dots]. Conical pommel with incised decoration. Wooden grip [missing wire braid]. Heavy pierced ornate large Glasgow baskethilt style most likely made by John Simpson, 1690-1700 [hilt panels are pierced with arrow point and circle designs]. For a sister sword, please see Figure 8 on page 179 of the book American Society of Arms Collectors, Book of Edged Weapons. Consignor notes state; This is definitely a Pre-Culloden Baskethilt. Overall length of sword is almost 41-inches, an impressive example of early Scottish workmanship. According to arms historians; a true broadsword possesses a double-edged blade, while similar wide-bladed swords with a single sharpened edge and a thickened back are called backswords. Various forms of basket-hilt were mounted on both broadsword and backsword blades. The purpose of the backsword was that is was safer to carry and also in combat, a back blow could be given with less risk of death to your adversary. For example, it was polite to use the back edge to give someone a lesson without dismissing them. Let's not forget, that fighting with a Scottish sword began when a child was four years old and started with sticks and cudgels.
Condition: Good to very good for its age. Scattered pitting throughout. Moderate wear overall blade. Some nicks and pitting to edge. Baskethilt with a mellow dark patina. Grip good with scuffs, no wire present. Loss to tip of blade.
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