A Scottish basket-hilted broadsword of regimental form
third quarter 18th century, the blade probably earlier
Straight 31 1/2 inch double edge blade with 8 inch fuller above the hilt inscribed (indistinctly on one side) XX I N XX M E N E XX and surmounted by a mark in the form of a cross with forked tail. Steel hilt composed of flat bars and panels with triangular and circular piercings, quillon with large, rolled finial and marked on the outer side T; tall conical pommel. Grip wrapped in grey shagreen and single strand of twisted steel wire.
Condition: Blade with smooth, dark patina showing some minor pitting and a few minor nicks to edge. Hilt with grey metal showing some spotting/light pitting.