Category: basket hilt


English Dragoon’s Basket-Hilted Backsword, c.1750

According to the basket hilt classification of Cyril Mazansky (British Basket-Hilted Swords: A Typology of Basket-type Sword Hilts, 2005), this is a type G-16. This hilt type features long bars and a cross-and-arrow motif. The grip has lost much of its fish skin covering, but retains its copper wire wrap. The blade appears to have the king’s head stamp of the Wundes family of Solingen, but as was the fashion of the day, it is stamped with the name ANDREA FERARA

For your 18th Century to early 19th Century adventures.

British Pattern 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword

A good quality example of an early-Victorian Highland officer’s broad sword (1828 pattern), made/retailed by Buckmaster of London, marked to the 71st Highlanders. Double-edged and double-fullered broadsword blade of 83.5cm long, etched with VR monogram, foliage and ‘71’ inside a horn (for the 71st Highlanders). The lack of proof disc to the blade suggests this sword dates to 1837-1845. Iron basket hilt of regulation form, with original liner and the remnants of the silk tassel, with shagreen grip and the thickest strand of grip wire remaining. Housed in the original leather scabbard with iron mounts. Overall length in scabbard 101cm.

British Basket Hilted Broadsword, 17th Century

17th century Basket Hilt sword, 79 cm steel blade stamped Thomas Hvmffreies, London Fecit, Anno 1668, wire bound sharkskin grip, brass pommel with steel nut, pierced brass three-quarter guard, 97 cm overall.




Replace that small sword with a rapier for maximum stabbing and replace that spadroon with an arming sword for max options

This was obviously just a bit of fun, but the thing to keep in mind is that these swords are period specific to the 18th Century to early 19th Century (Georgian period).

Baskethilt Broadsword Guard Design & Use – With Jay Maas

Basket-Hilted Swords



Pile-O-Swords 2: The Piling

Broadsword and targe – how Highlanders fought

A quick introduction to the use of this weapon combination, shot very quickly at Fight Camp 2018.  Sorry about the background noise.
This was shot at the end of the last day, and I was a bit hoarse from shouting, camping, and beer.  When the aircraft overhead gets very loud, I have added subtitles.

The targes we are using are the correct diameter, but the real things were a fair bit heavier, and offered some protection against even musketballs.