Military Infantry Saber (DUSSAGGE)/Sinclairsabel (SINCLAIR SABER), #1638 Edged Weapons
A Wonderful Antique Infantry Saber (DUSSAGGE) or SINCLAIRSABEL (SINCLAIR SABER), circa. late 16th century. 28.75" flat broad curved blade double-edged toward the point and struck with a pair of 'eyelash' marks and small rosettes on the outer face, iron hilt comprising flat vertically recurved quillons with engraved tips, half-basket guard joined to the knuckle-guard by an S-shaped diagonal bar, a single slender rounded arm projecting on the leading side and joined to both the rear quillon and thumb-ring by an inner diagonal, rectangular pommel of flattened pyramidal form, and the grip retaining its original leather binding over cord. Patches of light pitting on surfaces. The ultimate Pirate sword !
Note; This is a rare sword. Swords of this type are frequently referred to as Sinclairsabel, of which many were imported into Norway by Christian IV of Denmark and Norway. These are also referred to as the first forms of the Scottish Basket Hilt. Others are found in a wide number of preserved German and Austrian arsenals, including that at Graz in Styria.
Provenance; Christies Auction House., London, South Kensington.
Ref. See; p.385 Swords and Sword Makers of England and Scotland., by, Richard H. Bezdek., c.2003
Consignment; D. R. #15, 2008-2009