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Brass Inlaid Scottish Basket-hilted Broadsword, Late 18th C

Full blackened basket hilt formed of oval-section bars and plates with rounded edges and inlaid brass bands, the plates pierced with hearts and dots (Mazansky Family B, Type viii); segmented domed pommel with inlaid brass bands bordering each flute. Large flat scrolled reverse quillon; side guard terminal lobe of scallop shape, similar to a signed hilt by John Allan, (illustrated in "British Basket-Hilted Swords", Mazansky, fig. G1c(JA), p. 139). Grip wrapped with original shagreen and then further decorated with twisted brass wire and finished with braided brass Turk's heads top and bottom. Double-edged 33" blade of lens-section with maker's stamps on each side below the 8 3/4" central fuller. Very good condition, retaining most of its original blackening on the hilt; blade cleaned with scattered light pitting. Overall length 38".

SB1456c $5500

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