1796 Patt. British Order of the Garter Infantry
Officer's Sword (sold)
Made by prestigious maker Runkel of Solingen, a 1796 pattern British
infantry officer's sword bearing the crest of the Order of the Garter.
The Most Noble Order of the Garter is the highest order of chivalry
in England, and this sword is different to most in that it bears
the seal of that order instead of the normal Royal Coat of Arms;
this means the officer who once owned and held it was a member of
that order and a very important infantry officer indeed.
Marked "JJ Runkel Solingen" to the spine, the 32 inch
blade still has very clear etching and is firm in the hilt. The
hilt is good and gilt bright for its age, the folding guard still
good and working, the twisted wire grip looks more golden than silver
to me, perhaps to underline the importance of the officer, though
this may simply be tarnish. The wire grip is complete but a couple
of stands have moved a little. The quillon end has been removed.
The blade has some staining, I think from some preservative layer
applied many years ago. The gilt fittings and leather scabbard is
in good shape compared with most other of this sword pattern / age
I have experienced. The blade still sheathes and draws well from
This is a very good investment; most people pay this amount for
a standard 1796P with scabbard in this condition. Further / full
sized images available upon request. My reference is 789 (T8).