1803P Lion's Head Blue & Gilt British
Infantry Officer's Sword (Sold)
A scarce stunning blue & gilt etched lion's head British infantry
officer's sword, pattern of 1803 (Napoleonic Wars).
With a great deal of the blue and gilt etching remaining, this
is truly a stunning sword made famous by British infantry officers
throughout the Napoleonic wars, including the 100 Days War / Waterloo;
who knows, this sword may well have been at that famous battle ground.
The sword is not perfect; if it were in very good condition overall,
the price would be at least three times what it is. There is an
area of deep rust pitting past the critical etching area, the cutting
edge near the tip is a little jagged, plus there are a relatively
small number of various rust and patina spots here and there but
overall, as you can see, the sword still looks stunning. The scabbard
leather has also clearly gone for the most part but the fittings
are still in good order. The blade is firm in the hilt, the hilt
aged but sound and undamaged, the leather grip in very good order,
as are the twisted grip wire bindings.
The scabbard fittings are a huge bonus and increases the value
of the sword considerably even if you simply keep the scabbard as
is, and just display the beauty of the blade unsheathed. Having
someone replace the leather will most likely range from £100
to £300 depending on who does it and to what standard of course.
Generally, swords with slightly fewer rust, etc. areas to the blade
and complete scabbards in aged condition (tired leather, etc.) will
easily sell for over two thousand pounds. Further / full sized images
upon request. My item reference number is 739 (291).