Scottish Basket Hilt - S5511
The baskethilted broadsword in its various forms was a well enough known weapon throughout Europe from the 1500s onwards. It was a logical development in the direction of hand protection and the chief advantage of this was that it became less necessary to wear gauntlets when using the sword. In Scotland from the mid 17th century the baskethilt became a popular re-placement for the large two-handed claymore. Most Scottish baskethilts have well formed steel guards often pierced with decorative shapes, the blades are usually very well tempered imported German types and the wooden grip is often to be found covered in shark skin on swords of quality. The baskethilted broadsword continued to develop in Scotland and is still in use today as the dress sword of the Scottish military regiments.This model comes with steel scabbard and brass guard. Overall length 89cm.