Category: broadsword

Non-Regulation 91st Foot (Argyllshire Highlanders) Officer’s Sword

A very rare non-regulation Highland officer’s sword by Pillin, carrying the etched regimental dedication for the Argyllshire Highlanders (91st Regiment of Foot) and the initials ‘HW’, for Henry Wood. Wood commissioned in 1852 and made Captain in 1858.

This sword is non-regulation (or special order) in several ways, being a kind of prototype of the later regulation Field Rank officer’s sword for Highland regiments. It has a ‘French’ pommel cap (with remains of Highland regimental tassel attached), steel scroll hilt and a narrowed version of the ‘claymore’ or broadsword blade, resulting in what is essentially a rapier blade (of 34.5 inches).

Pillin were a top maker of the time and rival of Wilkinson. This is a superb sword, in good condition with patina, with very detailed blade etching and extra engraving to the steel scroll guard. The blade appears to have been service sharpened.

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword

British Pattern 1827/1846 Naval Officer’s Sword with Patent Solid Hilt and Broadsword Blade

A scarce and interesting variant of a British 1827P Naval Officers sword, of heavy and large construction with a broadsword blade. A very interesting early patent example of this type of sword, with two piece grip with iron seam and iron disc infront of washer. The blade is etched around the proof mark with a starburst and the word ‘Patent’. The proof disc has been removed, but we feel it is possibly a Wilkinson made sword. The large broadsword blade has been finley etched, with retailers details, foliage, fouled anchor. The sword has a folding guard, acting as a locking catch. Top mount displays the large badge of retailer ‘GALT. GRIEVES & CO, PORTSEA’. An interesting variation of sword, c.1859-1881. Overall length approx. 96cm. Blade length 78cm. Blade width approx. 3.1cm.


British Pattern 1827/46 Naval Officer’s Sword with Claymore Blade

Blade 31½”, by Ledger Smith & Co, 9 Dowgate Hill, London, etched with crowned fouled anchor on one side and crowned Royal Arms and supporters on the other, in foliate panels; regulation gilt half basket hilt incorporating crowned fouled anchor and with turn down inner portion, lion’s head pommel and backstrap, wirebound sharkskin grip.

British Military Swordsmanship on Foot, 1796-1821

Check out this incredible image by Nick Thomas of the Academy of Historical Fencing!

Nick says of the image;

“I’d like to see these weapons seen more as the family they are, and so here is a composite image created entirely from contemporary artwork of the period.”

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.

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword, Late 19th Century

A fantastic robust-bladed example of a Highland field officer’s sword, by Mole of Birmingham. Highland officers of Major and higher rank were permitted to wear these special Scinde Cavalry scroll hilts on their broadsword blades, but being that this was a pattern only for Field Rank officers of Highland regiments, these swords do not come around often. Additionally, this is a Victorian example (most surviving ones are George V) and given the straight fully-chequered 1895 pattern backstrap, must date to 1895-1901.




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).