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Hilt of a basket-hilted sword

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Made in Stirling

Hilt of a basket-hilted sword
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This detail shows the basket hilt and part of the blade of a sword, dated 1716, which belonged to the Chief of Clanranald. The hilt was made by John Allan senior, of Stirling. The blade was imported from Germany.

The hilt is inlaid with silver.

The making of quality basket hilts in Stirling appears to have started in 1714 when John Allan moved there from Doune. Some of Allan's best hilts are decorated in the same style as Doune pistols.

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