In aged condition, an 1803 Pattern British Infantry Rifle Officer's
Sword / Sabre.
A scarce version of this iconic sword, for a regular infantry of
the line rifle officer (unlike rifle regiment officers who generally
carried a different pattern), with the rifle's powder keg motif
within the knuckle bow.
The slightly shorter 30 1/2 inch blade has a steady patina and
some light pitting but is sound and firm in the hilt. The black
grip for a rifles officer, perhaps a replacement, is in good order.
The twisted grip wire bindings are wayward. The gilt hilt is generally
very good but the knuckle bow has suffered a break and modern repair;
these brass knuckle bows are really not that strong and were not
great at hand protection (show taking precedent to strength).
A fairly scarce and iconic Napoleonic Wars sabre for just £500.
Please quote item reference AE35. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 0837-1m (1.575).