Basket-hilted sword could have the edge at George Kidner's Arms & Armour auction



2015-06-26 12:18:11

Basket-hilted sword could have the edge at George Kidner's Arms & Armour auction

The weapon will appear alongside a Military Cross medal and a range of antique firearms

As we've reported, the top lot at George Kidner's Arms, Armour and Militaria auction is likely to be an interesting group of four early 19th Century miniature swivel guns.

These have multi-stage bronze cannon barrels 11 inches long including cascobels, with reinforcing rings and swollen muzzles, and are expected to bring 4,000 - 5,000 (around $8,100).

However, collectors who are more interested in the purer, more honourable associations of the sword are also in luck.

Basket hilted sword Basket hilted sword

A 17th Century English basket hilted sword is on offer with a slender single edged blade 33 inches long of asymmetric cross-section. The convex side has two small fullers marked 'Andrea Ferara', an orb and cross mark, and another mark stamped close to the hilt.

The flat side has a running wolf mark whilst the basket hilt is formed of flattened section bars with a bulbous pommel and replacement grip.

It goes into the auction on March 17th with a 700- 1,000 ($1,600) listing, but is probably worth more, as is a George VI Military Cross which is cased and bears a later inscription to Lieutenant G.R. Miles, which if it sells for the expected few hundred pounds will be an excellent investment.

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