This Victorian Scottish infantry officer’s basket hilted broadsword bears the regimental badge of the Royal Scots Lothian regiment and was made between 1880 and 1900.
The 840mm double-edged (broadsword) blade has twin, three-quarter length fullers and terminates in a spear point. The blade is etched with foliate scrollwork and crown over “The Royal Scots Lothian” around a central thistle. The obverse bears the crowned cypher of Queen Victoria.
The forte is etched with the maker’s details, “Stark Brothers, Edinburgh.” The Stark brothers traded in Edinburgh from 1880. The obverse ricasso bears a brass proof stud showing the word “proved” around a central T which was associated with the maker, Edward Thurkle.
The blade is in very good condition.
The heavy steel basket hilt is of traditional form and is in very good condition. The basket guard is free of rust or damage to the bars and retains its original red liner. The shagreen grip is in good condition and the twisted wire binding is tight. The pommel of the basket hilt has been replaced with a white metal thistle. The fit is perfect and period. I believe that this was a deliberate replacement as opposed to a necessary replacement caused by the loss of the pommel. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its 1899 Pattern brown leather covered field scabbard. The scabbard is in excellent condition. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly.
This is a very good example of a Victorian Scottish basket hilt broadsword marked to the Royal Scots Lothian regiment.
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