1796P Napoleonic British Infantry Officer's
Blue & Gilt Sword, For Sale
A scarce Georgian / Napoleonic 1796P British Infantry Officer's
Blue & Gilt Sword, Steel Field Service Scabbard.
Most of these swords come onto the market with leather and gilt
metal fitting scabbards, for dress wear. Maybe those swords once
had steel scabbards and were therefore owned by officers who expected
to be called to duty in the Napoleonic Wars. This sword is one of
the few that comes with such a steel scabbard. This sword &
scabbard were made for an officer who probably saw active field
service. Unusual about this sword also is the fact there is no British
Royal Coat of Arms which may well be that it dates it to when the
coat of arms was about to change, in 1801. It does however / of
course have the obligatory GR (King George) royal cypher.
The 31 3/4 inch period sharpened blade is aged, but the blue and
gilt etching is still visible. There is patina to the blade and
a couple of very slight nicks. The blade is firm in the hilt. The
hilt has aged and lost almost all of its gilt. The silver metal
wire grip has a few very small areas of damage but is good overall.
The quillon finale is missing, it appears a long time since, possibly
period damage. The steel scabbard is overall good but with a kink
and some small damage / holes, plus a steady patina throughout.
The sword sheathes and draws a little loosely.
A very evocative piece; who knows what scenes it saw. Yours for
£800. Please quote item reference P96. Further / full sized
images available upon request. Box 0286-1m (1.840).