Scottish Basket hilted Broadsword late XVIII century




Scottish basket hilted broadsword from the late 18th century, the scabbard is long gone.

Single fuller straight blade from and marked JJ RUNKEL Solingen.

Runkel was a german immigrant born in 1751, who lived in England and imported blades from Solingen.

His shop operated at Tooks Court in London ( near today the tube Chancellery Lane) from 1795 to 1808. He died in 1808.



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Broadsword at the battle of Culloden  1745




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.


Broadsword in action


"J J Runkel Solingen"


Playing with dad's sword

Nearly a sculpture

73rd Highland Officer



Curved Hussar sword against a Scottish Broadsword



Scottish Broadsword drills by Angelo's Academy



Kilt fantasy in Paris after Waterloo



Hugh Montgomerie 12th Earl of Eglinton circa 1790



Sergeant of Highlander