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Basket-hilts were swords with a basket-shaped guard to protect the hand, and were common throughout Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The most famous of this type in Scotland was the Scottish Claymore, which evolved from the Sinclair hilt sword of German origin.

“The bones of an arm and a hand still gripped this sword when it was found.”

The sword pictured is a Basket Hilt Broadsword from the late seventeenth to early eighteenth century which was found in Craig-guannach, a cave at the end of Loch Treig, not far from Fort William, in 1880. The basket hilt, however, was not a great deal of use for the owner of this particular weapon, as the bones of an arm and a hand were still gripping the sword when it was found.