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PostPosted: Tue 23 May, 2006 2:25 pm    Post subject: Christies auction (London) May 24th         Reply with quote

http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/search/lot...mp;LN=0057

A SCOTTISH BASKET-HILTED BROADSWORD
Early 18th Century
With double-edged blade cut with a pair of narrow fullers extending from the base of the ricasso (pitted), iron basket-hilt of rectangular bars carrying pierced panels, S-shaped bars (one incomplete) and 'ram's horn' bars (one missing), no provision for a rear quillon, retaining an early leather liner, compressed fluted pommel, and original grip bound in wire and fishskin.
32in (81.3cm) blade
1,200 - 1,500 British pounds


ENGLISH BASKET-HILTED CAVALRY BACKSWORD
circa 1610-40
With single-edged blade cut with a series of very narrow fullers over its entire length on both sides, stamped 'Andria Ferara' in small capitals on both sides and struck additionally with a series of Spanish bladesmith's small marks, iron munition hilt of flattened bars carrying a pair of small plain rectangular panels, retaining its original buff leather liner, globular pommel joined to the front of the guard by a small ring-headed screw and original wooden grip retaining a portion of its original binding with 'Turk's heads'.
31 7/8in (81cm) blade
1,000 - 1,200 British pounds
See Cyril Mazansky, British Basket-hilted Swords, 2005, p.67, fig. B1c.



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PostPosted: Wed 24 May, 2006 7:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Those are lovely, Mac. Thanks for the post.
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PostPosted: Wed 24 May, 2006 12:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Some of the rapiers in the lot / catalog actually appear to edge into the realm of the affordable.

Same with some Halberds.

Although I notice that some of the stuff is Victorian reproductions (probably all the cheap ones).

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PostPosted: Wed 24 May, 2006 3:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

So Mac, which one did you buy? Wink
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