An exceptional silver-mounted Highland basket-hilted broadsword presented to Viscount Strathallan by Walter, 5th Duke of Buccleuch in 1859
Lot 98
An exceptional silver-mounted Highland basket-hilted broadsword presented to Viscount Strathallan by Walter, 5th Duke of Buccleuch in 1859
Sold for £30,000 (US$ 50,424) inc. premium
Lot Details
An exceptional silver-mounted Highland basket-hilted broadsword presented to Viscount Strathallan by Walter, 5th Duke of Buccleuch in 1859
With tapering double-edged blade fullered on each side at the forte, etched 'Prosperity to Scotland and No Union My God My Country and King James the VIII', the forte on both sides etched and blued against a gilt ground with foliage involving a classical figure and a trophy of arms, heavy hilt (apparently unmarked) cast, pierced and chased with foliage including thistles and C-scrolls framing, at the front, a gold cartouche set against a punched ground and finely engraved with the Strathallan coat-of-arms and motto, flanked on either side by a cast and chased eagle within a cartouche en suite, side-bars of circular section framing a pierced diamond-shaped panel between circles on either side, and a line of flower-heads, foliate fore-guards, scallop-shaped wrist-guard, thistle-shaped pommel, fishskin-covered grip bound with twisted silver wire, and complete with its red woollen liner, in original black leather scabbard with deep silver locket and chape each embossed and chased with thistles on the outside, the locket engraved 'James Francis Edward Cassimir Chevalier De Saint George. Rex Ed., Sct., Id., To I.H.F., Lord Vis.t Strathallan. at our Palace of Holyrood, Edinburgh, Septr. 28th., 1745. Succefs to Scotland. and No Union.', a shield-shaped silver escutcheon beneath engraved 'Lost on Culloden Field 1746 found & restored to Wm Hy 9th Visct. Strathallan by Walter 5th Duke of Buccleuch', the blade 86cm.

Footnotes

  • The inscription seems to be in error and is probably meant to refer to William Drummond, 4th Viscount Strathallan (1690-1746) who was amongst the first to join the Jacobite cause in 1715. He led a battalion from Perthshire before being captured at Sheriffmuir and released under the Act of Grace in 1717. On 3 September 1745 he joined the army of The Young Pretender commanding The Perthshire Horse as well as serving as a member of the Prince's Privy Council. He was present at the Battle of Prestonpans commanding the only cavalry unit in the Jacobite force. At the Battle of Culloden, when government forces closed around the Jacobites, Strathallan 'resolved to die in the field rather than by the hand of the executioner.' His horse was killed beneath him and he was run through by Colonel George Howard of the 3rd Foot. It is thought he received the last sacrament from John Maitland of Careston, the chaplain of The Forfarshire Regiment

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the basket-hilt is silver with a gold cartouche engraved with Baillie, James Evan Bruce of Douchfour, Inverness, not Strathallan as previously stated. The marriage arms are between Montague and Baillie. The basket hilt has been tested by The Assay Office, Edinburgh in two places, both of which tested as 925 standard silver. The leather scabbard is silver-mounted.
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