Scottish Half-Basket Hilt


This Scottish half-basket hilted sword (possibly to be used on horse back) was converted from a full basket by John Simpson the younger. Portions of the original leather liner are still attached to the basket. The white grip you see here is a bone grip. From the Collection of Wilfred Howarth.


The sword was likely retrieved after the Battle of Culloden, picked up by english soldiers. The Duke of Cumberland preferred half basket hilts because soldiers couldn’t salute properly with them, and had any remaining basket hilts converted to half basket hilts.

Blade is 33 1/2 inches long.

Country of Origin: Scotland

Maker: John Simpson

Year of Origin: Circa 1725 – 1735

Current Condition: Fair

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 40 × 5 × 5 in


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