Circa 1790 English Infantry Senior Officer's
An unusual and therefore scarce circa 1790 English infantry officer's
sword with ivory grip and in good condition.
This sword is unusual in that the hilt is pretty much what you
would expect from a cavalry sword of that time, though this is an
infantry officer's sword. Sword patterns were not really regulated
that much in the late 19th Century, so variations on a basic theme
are quite common. This sword is a little less common; it is the
first we have seen. Made by Wooley & Co, it may well have been
made for an infantry officer that rode a horse some of the time,
as was quite common. By having a cavalry style hilt on his infantry
blade, he perhaps got the best of both worlds.
The 29 1/2 inch curved blade, double edged for the last quarter,
is in good order and firm in the hilt. The hilt is equally in good
shape, the large lump of ivory that makes the grip has a few small
pieces missing, as you really should expect. But everything nice
and firm, and a very impressive sword. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. My item reference number B14 (568).