Original Scottish 18th Century Small Sword with Castle Armory Tag
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an early 1700s small sword that is a true "sleeper". It has quality heavily fretted iron mounts to the hilt and the grip still has most of the original leather wrap and complete binding wire.
This sword originates from the Scottish Castle LEITH HALL that was stripped of all arms in 1963 by old Lady Leith just before she gifted the Castle and Estate to the National Trust of Great Britain.
The Leith family home was very well known and the family was very sympathetic to the Scottish
Rebels in the uprising of 1745, which was then crushed at the Battle of Culloden on April 16th, 1746. In fact, one of the principal rebels hid at Leith Hall for nearly 40 years before being pardoned by King George III. He was a very conspicuous individual who was said to be close to seven foot tall!
Much of the Leith Hall Arms collection was sold off after Lady Leith's death the following year and IMA acquired much of it in the 1980s from the Austrian Collector George Strakaty.
This Small Sword that has a COLICHMARDE blade has lost a couple of inches that may indicate battle damage, maybe even at Culloden. The sword bears an old brass plate from early in the 1900s with the following stamped information-
LEITH HALL ARMOURY, SOUTH WALL, SWORD No. 16
This is a very interesting early 1700s small sword from a famous Scottish Castle with a solid connection to the Battle of Culloden. Search "Leith Hall" on the Internet to find out the Rebel association, the family history, and all about Leith Hall being the most haunted castle in Scotland, making this a perfect fit to hang in your castle!
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