Show Navigation

Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Swords

Scottish basket hilted broadsword

Period:
17th Century
Description:

Early 17th century basket hilt sword from the Walker collection in Dean Castle arms and armour. Blade is inscribed with 'Me fecit Solingen', meaning it was made in Solingen, Germany, a town famous for its blades. The manufacture of blades were often quite complex. The making of a sword or dagger typically required the work of several makers within a craft guild who often worked in different towns, or even different countries. Such is the case with this dagger, which has a blade of German origin and a Scottish-made hilt. Either this, or the Solingen blade was recycled and refitted with a new hilt.


Basket hilt swords provided good level of protection for hands when fighting with an opponent, especially with cutting motions. Swords such as this example were used primarily in a military setting, as opposed to rapiers, which are used more in civilian dress.

 

Dimensions:
Blade: 800mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000389
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


Alternative Views:

alternative small picturealternative small picturealternative small picturealternative small picturealternative small picture