British Naval or French Dragoon Guards 5
Ball Spadroon (Sold)
This could be either a British Naval or French Dragoon Guard officer's
5 Ball Spadroon from the late 18th Century, in good condition
At first glance this appears to be an 18th Century British naval
officer's 5 ball spadroon, with the distinctive "cigar band"
around the grip differentiating it from an army officer's version.
However, the guard work on this sword is more elaborate than normal
and therefore may well be an 18th Century French Dragoon Guard officer's
5 ball spadroon, which is no bad thing as the later is very rare
and should command a higher price. Certain elite French Dragoon
Guards officers did adopt the British style five ball spadroon for
their own before the French Revolution.
The blade is 83.3 cm long and firm in the hilt; it has most etching
and some blue and gilt remaining, although is also has a lot of
black patina. There is no discernable looseness anywhere and the
grip is in good order. Further pictures available upon request.