1786 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Blue
& Gilt Sword, GG, Sold
In fair condition, some blue and gilt remaining, a 1786 Pattern
British Infantry officer's sword, marked GG.
Interesting sword in that it has the 1786 Pattern solid guard (not
the 1796 folding guard) and yet has a post-1801 British Royal Coat
of Arms to the blade. Stamped "GG" to the forte / ricasso,
most people believe this is somehow the mark of Gill of Birmingham,
yet the only example we have ever seen where the blade also has
a maker's name is one for Henry Osborn, so we are sure this is a
Henry Osborn sword and the "GG" is a guarantee mark (British
makers of the era were keen to express the superiority of their
blades). This sword has quite a few apparently period nicks to the
cutting edge, so maybe this sword has literally been through the
The 31 3/4 inch blade has been round pointed, something that quite
a few British infantry officers did when they retired (one way or
another) from the army, to make their sword safe. Blade with some
etching remaining, firm in the hilt. The hilt with a little damage
to one side, not too much. The silver grip wire is present and correct
(so often missing on these swords).
A very interesting example. Yours for £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference AD25 (0458). Further / full sized images
available upon request.