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.
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.
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.
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.