Offering greater protection to the hand with their basket-shaped guards, basket hilt broadswords served as military weapons in the 16th through 18th centuries, contrasting with the slim dueling rapiers worn by civilians during the same time period. Various forms of this Renaissance sword are known as basket hilt backswords, schiavona swords, and Scottish broadswords. While the terms broadsword and backsword did not appear until the Victorian era, they are used in present day to distinguish between double-edged and single-edged basket hilted swords, respectively. At Buying a Sword, we provide an excellent selection of historical sword replicas, including a fine assortment of basket hilted broadswords. These Renaissance broadswords are available in functional and decorative sword designs, making them ideal for historical reenactors and weapon collectors.
The 1851 Pattern Basket-hilt Broadsword was standard officer issue in the Highland regiments from Victorian to modern times. It has an etched blade with the George V cipher. The red basket liner and pommel make it an attractive piece.
The pierced basket-hilt is a faithful reproduction of one found on the Culloden Moor. The fully tempered high carbon steel blade is of the typical fullered, double-edge, broadsword pattern favored by highlanders of the 1740s.
The basket hilt sword developed alongside the rapier, and was often dubbed a broadsword in comparison. This Brass Basket Hilt Scottish Sword is, by name and style, of the Scottish origin, where heavier swords were more favored.
Originating from a mid-18th century Scottish back sword design, the Eglinton Scottish Basket Hilt Sword has been traditionally identified by the portrait of an officer called The Pinch of Snuff, attributed to William Delacour.
After the Jacobite Rebellion, in which Bonnie Prince Charles tried to take the throne with an army of Scottish clansmen, the basket-hilted sword became a symbol of Scotland. Show your Scottish pride with the Late Scottish Broadsword.
A modern interpretation of the 17th century English mortuary hilt sword, the Man at Arms English Backsword is fast and lively in the hand and a sheer delight to use for training. The single-handed sword feels nimble and strong.
Used by cavalry during the English Civil War, the mortuary sword features a half basket hilt. The Mortuary Half Basket Hilt Sword has very close ties to the English basket hilt and is an ancestor of 18th century cavalry sabers.
While the rapier was the dueling sword of the Renaissance, the basket hilt sword was used both by military and civilians. The Practical Basket Hilt Broadsword is chic, lightweight, and durable for your Renaissance themed reenactment.
This is a replica of an 18th C. Scottish Broad Sword with great attention paid to the balance, ornate hilt, and sheath. The blade of the sword is stainless steel with an unsharpened edge. The overall length of the sword is 41 inches.
Based on the traditional weapon of the highland clansman that has sown fear into the hearts of Englishmen for centuries, the Scottish Broadsword has a long, two-edged blade and a distinctive basket hilt wrapped in blued steel wire.