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Basket-Hilted Broadsword

Period:
17th Century
Description:

This sword's steel hilt consists of a large oblate pommel and a basket guard.  The steel is now blackened but was originally gilt and is encrusted with silver foliage.  

The sword has a very broad two-edged blade and a fish skin grip.  On the blade is an inscription which includes the name Andrea Ferara, a well known sword manufacturer. 

This type of basket-hilt is the ancestor of the Scottish basket-hilts and the silver encrusting is very characteristic of English sword hilts and knife handles of the first half of the 17th century.

Place of Production:
England (Hilt)
Dimensions:
L 1000mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/S75
Digital Number:
EAAM050n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council