Basket-Hilt Backsword - Antiqued - Photo Gallery

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Our Basket-Hilt Backsword, replicated from an original in the collection of the Royal Armouries in England that dates from about 1760, has an unusual basket with twin engraved “horned beastie” plaques and a blade with twin fullers running most of its length.

horned beastie basket hilt

Early highland swords almost invariably carried the double-edged “broadsword” blade, but by the time of the Battle of Culloden (1746) the single-edged “backsword” was at least equal in popularity.

backsword false edge

The tip of the backsword has a false edge

backsword spine

The backsword features a thick spine

basket detail

The backsword basket has beautiful detail

horned beastie

The basket features two engraved horned beasties

backsword chape

Metal chape on the backsword scabbard

backsword scabbard stitching

The backsword scabbard stitching work

backsword pommel

The backsword pommel

backsword rayskin grip

The grip is covered with wire-wrapped genuine rayskin

fabric covered leather liner

The basket liner, like the original, is crafted in fabric-covered leather

backsword under basket

The underside of the backsword basket where the blade meets the hilt

culloden backsword

Battle of Culloden (1746) the single-edged backsword

royal armouries backsword

replicated from an original in the collection of the Royal Armouries

hanwei basket hilt backsword

The Hanwei basket hilt backsword

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