Lucky you! Mine is a replica – although it’s also seen quite a lot of action 🙂
Basic cut-and-thrust broadswords favoured by cavalry officers and used throughout the Civil Wars were made in England between 1625 and 1670. They had a wooden or corded grip, a metal basket-hilt to protect the hand and usually a two-edged blade between thirty-three and thirty-four inches long. In 1645, two hundred of them were made for the New Model Army at a cost of five shillings each – hard to believe these days.
The main point of interest in these swords lies in the basket-hilt. These were frequently decorated in some form or other; a coat-of-arms, a man in armour, intricate patterns of leaves – presumably whatever the purchaser wanted and was willing to pay extra for. (It is reasonable to assume that the five-shilling ones, being mass-produced, were plain.)
But following the execution of Charles l in January 1649, a new trend was born. Basket-hilts started to be engraved with…
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