Circa 1800 British Infantry Battalion Commander's
A very rare British battalion commander's sabre from 1800.
The top locket of the scabbard marked "Prosser Maker to the
King and Royal Family London, plus the overall pattern dates the
sword to around 1800. Almost certainly a Prussian (Solingen) blade,
there is no royal cypher as was fairly frequent for the time possibly
due to the fact King George 3rd was ill and his son ruled as Prince
Regent in his name, possibly because of the extreme curve of the
blade putting it outside the remit of an English blade maker, possibly
because Solingen blades were held by many officers to be superior.
The lack of royal cypher may also mean the sword was made for an
overseas non-British officer, but being Prosser this would almost
certainly mean a specially made sword with royal approval, which
would not explain the fact it remained in England, or at least that
is where I bought it. In any event, this period saw a large variation
in sword patterns adopted by officers, so it is not possible to
refer to standard patterns for the time, you have to look at the
The highly curved 29.5 inch blade almost certainly denoting a flank
officer, or rather an officer that rose through the ranks of a flank
company; flank regimental officers preferring slightly shorter curved
blades than centre company officers. The scabbard suspension mounts,
knucklebow and pommel all featuring oak leaves, which only the most
senior officers were allowed to embellish their accoutrements with.
This seniority of rank confirmed by the ivory grip. The original
owner of this sword was therefore likely a Colonel commanding one
of his regiment's battalions.
The ivory grip has cracks running up it, which is only to be expected.
The blade is aged, but the etching lines still fairly clear. The
sword does not sheath all the way into the scabbard (about 1/2 inch
remains out); this is due to the aging / drying of the leather of
the scabbard. Some gilt sections remain on the hilt. The blade and
hilt are firm, the twisted wire grip ring bindings are in good shape.
Further / full sized pictures available upon request. My item reference
number is 680 (264).