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Scottish Broad Sword

 
Early Scottish Broad Sword

Early Scottish Broad Sword

 

From the 1600s onwards, a new type of a Scottish sword was designed and fielded. Much shorter than the two-handed sword, the new sword also had a basket hilt, designed to fit around the bearer’s hand to afford some protection in combat. The new design made the sword a single-handed weapon, and it was most commonly used in conjunction with a round shield known as a targe. The blade could be either single- or double-edged. This sword was issued to Scottish soldiers and English officers, and in fact is still worn as a ceremonial weapon by officers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The origin of the basket-hilt claymore is contentious, with some commentators theorising descent from the Italian Schiavona, while others draw closer parallels to Germanic prototypes.

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Scottish Basket Hilted Broad Sword

Scottish Basket Hilted Broad Sword