A highly unusual and fine example of a Scottish Napoleonic Militia Fencible Sword. The Militia Act of 1794 raised a number of Scottish militias or fencible regiments whose purpose was primarily to protect the country from the expected invasion from Revolutionary France. This is a very intriguing sword and I have only ever seen one other similar piece many years ago that had the same type of cruciform hilt and wide blade. The example I saw previously was engraved to the scabbard locket with the name of the Argyle Fencibles. I was unfortunately unable to purchase the sword but always remembered it because it was so unusual and consequently rare.
High quality manufacture
The sword itself is of very high quality manufacture and comprises a gilt brass and carved ivory grip with distinctive cruciform quillons. The blade is extremely wide and with a narrow median ridge that runs the full length of the blade. There is also a distinctive Scottish Highland basket hilt pommel. The sword itself seems quite impractical when viewed in a military combat role but that could be said for a number of official military patterns of the period. The sword comes complete with its original leather and brass mounted scabbard that is of the same kind of style found on regular British Army military scabbards of the Napoleonic period. Condition of the sword is excellent for its age and there is very little wear to the blade. There is a small age crack to the grip near the ferrule. This is an intriguing sword and of large proportions and would make an impressive display piece. Blade length is 26 inches (32 inches overall).
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