Scottish basket hilted broadsword Late XVIII century




Scottish basket hilted broadsword from the late XVIII century, the scabbard is long gone.

Single fuller straight blade from and marked JJ RUNKEL Solingen.

Runkel had his worshop at Solingen circa 1790...then moved to London as a sword tradesman.
















In 1788, the Scottish Infantry consisted of six Highland Regiments (42nd, 71st, 72nd, 73rd, 74th and 75th) and four regiments of Lowlands (1st, 21st, 25th and 26th).

Offciers from the Highlands regiments did carry a basket-hilt sword with steel or golded copper hilt according to regimental preference.

Our blade is straight, double edged, spear point  with a single narrow central fuller on each side, engraved:

 J.J Runkel Solingen


John Justus Runkel was a sword trader in Solingen then moved to London, 8 Tookes Court, near Chancellery Lane.

He became a British subject in March 1796, one year after his appearance in London directories.

By 1803, Runkel has risen to a key position in the blade importing trade.
Runkel did import blades and swords for England and America.




John Murray 4th Earl of Dunmore








It is an officer sword, the troop was solely armed with a musket and a bayonet .

Outstanding steel hilt typical of the "broadsword" style. The scabbard must have been in leather and steel as it is an infantry weapon.




"J J Runkel Solingen"


Playing with dad's sword



Nearly a sculpture !


73rd Highland Officer














 Gordon Highlanders during the charge of the Scots Grey at Waterloo













Hugh Montgomerie 12th Earl of Eginton circa 1790









Sergeant of Highlander






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