the Glasgow Baskethilt Broadsword
appeared throughout Britain from the mid-1500's and on, their
association with the 17th and 18th century Scottish Highlander
has become legendary. 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. Both the Basket-Hilt Backsword
and Broadsword are replicated from period pieces in the collection
of the Royal Armouries in England.
The Basket-Hilt Broadsword carries a typical Glasgow-style hilt
from the mid-18th century with etchings down the blade. It is
likely that the blade of the original sword was made in Germany
a century earlier and re-hilted as basket designs were refined.
The wire-wrapped ray skin handle and red cloth covered leather
basket liner adds to this swords class. The Practical Blade Baskethilt
Backsword is tailored to the needs of the re-enactor and very
affordable. Featuring authentic hilt styling, with fully tempered
un-edged and un-pointed blades, these swords are made to withstand
rugged use while providing the level of safety required by many
of today's re-enactment societies. Available in a steel finish,
antiquedfinish or a practical/stage steel blade.
(See all three below)