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Backsword: HEN.M.295-1933

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Highland basket hilt of Glasgow form. Pommel formed as a truncated cone, with a very flat button and a deep collar like a shallower cone below. Grip of oval section, spirally grooved and covered in fishskin. A strand of twisted wire runs through the groove, finished at top and bottom with Turks' heads of brown wire. Back-edged blade with a shallow, narrow fuller inside the back-edge, with a very short matching one on the true edge, extending below the quardo. In the fuller on each side the engraved inscription 'X ANDRIA X FARARA X rather unevenly applied.


History note: Fenton ticket

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 97.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Circa 1750 CE - 1775 CE

Components of the work

Turks' Heads composed of wire ( brown) Grip composed of fish skin Sword composed of steel Hilt Length 17.7 cm
Blade Length 82.4 cm
Blade At Hilt Width 3.3 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P.B.111
  • Type: Tag

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.295-1933
Primary reference Number: 19120
Old object number: PB 111
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 18 December 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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