A Backsword with a Brass Basket-Hilt, c. 1725-30

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Item ref: 4266

  • Scotland
  • Steel, brass, wood, leather


Private collection, USA

This hilt belongs to a series of brass-hilted swords previously attributed by Whitelaw to circa 1750-60, but subsequently ascribed by A.V.B. Norman as having been produced circa 1720-30. Many hilts of this series have large faceted pommels similar to the present example.

Another sword with a brass hilt likely from the same workshop, was included in The National Trust for Scotland loan exhibition 'Culloden, The Swords and the Sorrows', April-September 1996, cat.no. 1:27.