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Sword: HEN.M.294-1933

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Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)


Production: Unknown




Sword with basket hilt, wooden grip and Spanish two-edged blade with marks on the inside and outside.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest (?)

Measurements and weight

Length: 107 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


18th Century
Production date: AD 1737 : dated 1737


According to A.V.B. Norman, this is an issue sword for Scottish regiments fighting in the American War of Independence (1775-1783). Charles III of Spain (b.1716) ruled Spain only from 1759-1788; perhaps the date should read '1787'. However, he was ruler of Naples from 1734, and 1787 is after the War of Independence.

This, very characteristic type of sword will be forever associated with the Highland Regiments of the British army in the 18th century though they have a long and varied history. This example is a fully developed type from the middle of the 18th century and is the sword which would have been used at the Battle of Culloden.

Components of the work

Grip composed of wood (plant material)
Sword composed of steel
Blade Length 90 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.294-1933
Primary reference Number: 19118
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 19 April 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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