Rare battle sword sells for £10,500

A SWORD believed to have been left behind at the Battle of Naseby has sold for £10,500.

The rare double-edged rapier, which is thought to have been left behind by a wounded Royalist soldier during the 1645 battle, had previously been exhibited at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

It was due to be auctioned at the Harrogate Antique and Fine Art Fair last week but was sold to a private collector near Leeds at the 11th hour.

The sword had previously been sold in 1934 as part of an extensive collection of English Civil War swords.

According to the accompanying note it was “stated to have been carried by a cavalier on the day of ‘fatal’ Naseby, June 14, 1645, when the army of King Charles I suffered defeat.”