Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Scottish Basket-hilted Broadsword

  • Dated: circa 1700
  • Culture: Scottish
  • Inscription: “Andrea Ferara” (on the blade)

It is unclear if the blade was indeed made by Andrea Ferrara since the name inscribed on the blade seems to be misspelled. Andrea was a maker of sword-blade highly esteemed in Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Sir Walter Scott notes that the name of Andrea de Ferrara was inscribed "on all the Scottish broadswords that are accounted of peculiar excellence". No historical person of that name can be identified, but Scott reports a general belief that Ferrara was a Spanish or Italian artificer who was brought to Scotland in the early 16th century, by either James IV or V, to instruct the Scots in the manufacture of the high-quality steel blades current in Renaissance Europe.

According to some sources the name of the manufacturer was Andrea dei Ferrari of Belluno, according to others, Andrew Ferrars or Ferrier of Arbroat.

Source: Copyright © 2013 Historical Arms & Armor

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