Eglinton Basket Hilt Sword
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This Mid 18th Century Scottish Basket Hilt Back Sword is from a group of which about a dozen examples are known. Variations in the configuration of the hilt elements include examples with and without a forward quillion and the inclusion of an oval rein aperture. An example with that last feature, formerly in Eglinton Castle, sponsor and host of the Eglinton Tournament, is now in the Royal Ontario Museum. Most are mounted with earlier, presumably family blades. This sword has been traditionally identified by the portrait of an 18th century Scottish Officer entitled The Pinch of Snuff and attributed to William Delacour. It features a real ray skin, wire-wrapped grip, intricate basket hilt and a double fuller blade. A black scabbard with matching throat & belt stop and tip is included. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts. Can be sharpened for additional fee.
- Overall: 39"
- Blade: 33" long, 1-3/8" wide
- Wt: 3 lbs / 4 oz
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I have looked into basket hilts for a while. I considered the Eglinton, the Brass Basket from MR, and the Cold Steel basket hilts. I decided on this Eglinton and consider this a very fine sword. It is single edged (knuckle side), well balanced, and with a large enough grip for a big man to hold and wield. The blade is thicker than the photos convey, a positive. The hardware fits snug and the wire wrap over ray skin is a sure grip. I like the scabbard also - good fit and well made. Both me and a friend from fencing club bought this sword independently and were each equally impressed enough that we each brought it in to show the other.
Reviewed by Richard
8/20/2015 9:14:53 AM
This is a nicely made, high quality sword for the price. I picked it up Friday and it was on display at a Scottish Games Sat. & Sun. More than a few experienced sword owners remarked on its balance and quality.I'm very pleased!
Reviewed by brian
4/27/2015 6:12:40 PM