1798 Pattern Scottish Highland Infantry Sergeant’s
A very rare Napoleonic War's British highland infantry sergeant's
Please also see my listing for an equally rare officer's sword
of the ame pattern; 1798P
Rare Napoleonic Scottish Highland Infantry Officer's Broadsword
This is such a rare sword. The Napoleon Wars sergeants broadsword
had an extreme service life and the hilt is brass, so much weaker
than steel. As such, most of these swords are in pretty bad shape
(broken hilts, etc.) when they come onto the market. This is an
exception, the hilt is in very good order, as is the 83.5 cm blade.
You can tell it is a sergeant's version by the plain blade, leather
grip (this one is very aged / worn but incredibly still has its
wire bindings intact) and regimental stamps to the hilt. Here we
find "CI" and "I5". Because markings were not
standardized at this time, being left to the whims of the regiments
who bought them, I can only speculate these likely mean Cameron
Infantry and Infantry (sergeant's sword number) 5. If I am right,
it was at the Battle of Waterloo. If you can find proof of what
I speculate, this sword would be worth three times the price I am
asking for it.
You will be very fortunate indeed to ever come across one of these
in such good condition and at this price in the future. Item reference
number 553 (NZ2). Further / larger images available upon request.