Scottish Rebellion period. Easily dating to the "45 and probably the 1715 as well. Iron hilt of well-rounded form, of alternate bars and pierced panels, and asymmetrical to accommodate the fingers on the right and thumb on the left for a right handed user. The specific accommodation suggests design for the gauntleted hand, likely heavy leather. Bun form pommel keyed to engage the basket terminals. Wire wrapped spirally fluted leather covered grip. The hilt panels with nicely worked edges and piercing, with incised verticals. 35 1/4" double fullered double edged blade with long ricasso. Blade shows uniform scattered pitting but no concentrations or loss to the profile or edge. Hilt shows spotty oxidation only with detail well preserved. Grip sound and complete. The size/proportions of fighting swords was directly related to the stature of the owner, a matter of survival. Scottish swords were made to use in the "Highland Charge", the do or die tactic of overwhelming the enemy with a frenzied attack on foot with sword and shield. Every man's sword needed to be optimal for his ability. A blade too long slowed the stroke and increased the engagement distance. Average stature at the time generated swords with blade lengths of about 30 1/2" - 31-1/2". This example is nearly 15% longer and the hilt proportionately larger describing a warrior of exceptional stature and strength. Surely, the clans knew his name and the English feared his blade.

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