Circa 1785 George III British Cavalry Officer's
Sword by Gill, For Sale
In good overall condition for its age, a scarce circa 1785 George
III British Cavalry Officer's Sword by Gill.
From an era when British swords were not regulated so much but
fashioned, and this one would have been in fashion circa 1785. Made
by Gill of Birmingham, one of the better if not best English sword
maker of the time.
The 32 1/8 inch blade has traces of the original etching remaining,
has some light rust areas and a steady patina, but is generally
good / sound and firm in the hilt. The hilt is good but aged, the
two small langets that point down over the scabbard have gone (as
they were prone to doing). The fluted ebony / ebonized grip has
some / small chips missing but is overall very good. The leather
and metal fittings scabbard is aged but sound, the leather still
quite good and stitching still in place, the frog button section
of the upper fitting has gone. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A really nice example at way below market pricing; £400.
Please quote item reference R33. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 0511-1m (1.483).