Circa 1780 British Infantry Officer's Sword
A rare Circa 1780 (American War of Independence / Revolutionary
War era) British infantry officer's sword*.
Very few swords of the American Revolutionary War era exist on
the market now. The blade is late 18th Century by token of its central
fuller with a ricasso / forte, and in fact the feint remnants of
very early Georgian blade etching can still be seen. As no official
regulation patterns existed at that time, officers could choose
whatever sword design they liked. The earlier type hilt errs on
the civilian style but is more functional. So perhaps originally
owned by an English officer who considered himself very stylish;
English swords were notoriously badly designed during the American
War of Independence period.
The 28 1/4 inch blade is I believe the original length and is firm
in the hilt. The hilt is a little battered and bruised but nonetheless
complete. I would accept £500 for it. Further / full sized
pictures available upon request. My item reference number 574 -
NB* I believe this style of sword may also have been carried by
heavy cavalry officers as a dress sword.