The basket hilt broadsword in its various forms was a well enough known weapon throughout Europe from the 1500s onwards. It was a logical development in the direction of hand protection and the chief advantage of this was that it became less necessary to wear gauntlets when using the sword. In Scotland from the mid 17th century the basket hilt became a popular re-placement for the large two-handed claymore. Most Scottish basket hilts have well formed steel guards often pierced with decorative shapes, the blades are usually very well tempered imported German types and the wooden grip is often to be found covered in shark skin on swords of quality. The basketlike broadsword continued to develop in Scotland and is still in use today as the dress sword of the Scottish military regiments
High Quality Construction
Solid Brass Hand Guard
Overall length: 40"
Blade length: 33"
Price QualityCalmackExcellent quality.
Price QualityJockExcellent sword. Very good price and extremely prompt dispatch. It was displayed at a Burns Night Supper and prompted many approving comments.
Price QualityAlanI bought this expecting it to be a real shiny nasty thing like I've seen before as I was going to age it myself to make it look old. However it is really well made and of very good quality indeed. I'm still going to try and age it a bit and I think once I've done that it will look and feel very much like the real thing. Very impressed.
Price QualityCalumAmazing product at an amazing price. Couldn't be happier, thank you!!!
Price QualityThe LionVery nice piece and authentically accurate when compared with pictures of genuine museum pieces