C 1790 British 37th Regiment of Foot Infantry
Officer's Sword, sold
An exceptionally rare stirrup hilted British infantry officer's
sword of the late 18th Century, marked to the 37th Regiment (of
foot); musket lead shot dent indicating Flanders Campaign action.
The stirrup hilt and flat blade place this sword or rather sabre
to around 1790. Although patterns had been introduced by the British
in order to try and standardize accoutrements, many British officers
still had their own preferences and say in what they carried; particularly
the elite Flank company officers as this sword's original owner
likely was. This particular sabre is interesting for two reasons;
a) it is marked to the 37th Regiment of foot on one langet and b)
what can only be the hole or rather imprint (as it did not go through
the blade) of a small ball of lead shot (Americans call it buck
shot) fired from an enemy's musket.
This almost certainly means the sword was present during the Flanders
Campaign of 1793 / 1794 against the French which the allies
(Britain, Austria and Holland eventually lost). The flaming musket
ball motif and "37TH REGT" can still be clearly seen.
The blade now devoid of any original etching is none the less in
good condition, though a little misshapen upon close inspection.
A little loose in the hilt, the wooden grip with some damage (a
small hole), still, for such a rare old sword, this is still in
my mind in good condition. As such and with such clear provenance,
I could not part with this lovely sabre for less than £800.
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