C-KPSOS01 William Wallace’s Sword
After William Wallace’s execution in 1305, his sword is said to have been given to the keeper of Dumbarton Castle. There it remained until 1888, when it was transferred to the Wallace Monument near Stirling, where it can still be seen to this day. Such was the high symbolic value placed on the sword, that over the centuries it has been lovingly preserved, particularly by James V in 1505, who paid to have it re-hilted and decorated with a new scabbard. This kilt pin is an exact miniature replica of the sword as it can be seen today. Size 10.2cm long. Antique Silver Finish.
C-KPSOS04 West Highland Battle Sword
Smaller, but more nimble than the great Claymore, the leading clansmen of Isles favored a lighter and more practical weapon for seafaring and coastal raiding. Like the Claymore, they were characterised by their forward sloping arms, and many examples can be seen on graveslabs throughout the west of Scotland. Size: 10cm long. Antique Silver Finish.
C-KPSOS05 Basket-Hilted Sword
The descendant of the famous and larger Claymore, while the rest of Europe developed nimble sabers and dueling swords, the Scots favored a heavier battle sword. Even so, this was called the claidheamh beag, or ‘Claybeg’ (meaning small sword). Usually accompanied by a small targe, this sword was especially prominent among the Highlanders who fought in the Jacobite Rebellions. It was later adopted by the officers in Scottish Regiments in the British army. Size 9.5cm long. Antique Silver Finish.
C-KPSOS06 The Scottish Sword of State
The most important sword in Scotland, the Sword of State is one of the Honours of Scotland, alongside the crown and sceptre, also known as the Scottish Crown Jewels. It was presented by Pope Julius II to King James IV in 1507, alongside a bejewelled hat. It has been a symbol of the Scottish kingdom ever since, still carried before the opening of parliament and other state occasions. Size 10.5cm long. Antique Silver Finish.