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    C. 1850 Scottish Basket Hilted Broadsword Identified to the 93rd 'Sutherland Highlanders' - "The Thin Red Line". Sword overall with generally a smooth dark patina, with salt and peppering and a few spots of very very light pitting on the hilt. 32" double edged blade with two narrow central fullers. The blade is deeply etched for half its length. On the obverse there is floral and scroll work with the central theme of a thistle, beneath which is a panel with a crown beneath rays, surmounting Sutherland / 93 / Highlanders, with additional scrollwork and an inset brass disc with the script letters H W (Henry Wilkinson). Reverse with similar floral/scrollwork including the thistle, with central panel of intertwined VR surmounted by a crown and rays, and at the base of the blade, just above the ricasso, the three feathered crown of the Prince of Wales. The ricasso bears the maker's logo of Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London. The back of the blade, at the ricasso bears the die stamped number 19090. Fish skin grip about perfect, just showing smooth even wear, with coiled steel wrap. Heavy black leather scabbard with sheet iron mounts. Mounts also with smooth gray patina and rudimentary line decoration. The lower mount 10 1/2" long and the top mount/throat mounting a frog stud. There is a clean break, with no loss, 2 1/2" above the lower mount, easily restorable.
    The 93rd Regiment was decimated at the Battle of New Orleans and, after service throughout the Empire during the intervening period, was posted to the Crimea in 1854 as part of Colin Campbell's Highland Brigade. At Balaklava the 93rd bore the brunt of a massive 25,000 man Russian cavalry charge. The 93rd being the only force standing between the Russians and the defenceless British base. As the horseman bore down on the regiment, drawn up in line, two deep, Campbell told the 93rd as he rode down the line, "There is no retreat from here men, you must die where you stand". The regiment delivered two devastating volleys, and the charge split around the regimental formation, and finally breaking in full retreat. It was in this action that the regiment earned its nickname "The Thin Red Line", coined by London Times journalist W. H. Russell. A great sword, steeped in history, and probably traceable through the issue number on the blade.

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