1803 Patt British General / Staff Infantry
Officer's Sword / Sabre, sold
In good condition, a rare Napoleonic Wars, 1803 pattern general,
senior or staff infantry officer's sword, JJ Runkel.
This is a very rare version of the 1803P, with a diced ivory grip
denoting use by a senior, probably general staff officer in the
British infantry during the Napoleonic Wars. Made by JJ Runkel,
bearing the British Royal Coat of Arms for 1801 to 1816, the diced
grip is in exceptionally good order. These swords are rare because
most general staff officers continued to wear the so-called "boat
shell" (1796P) sword as it was considered more elegant. Clearly,
this sword's original owner wanted something a little more aggressive.
The 32 inch curved blade is in overall good order, some former
rust pitting patches, the one glorious gilt and blue etching now
down to the outline, but sill evocative / clear enough. The blade
is firm in the hilt. The grip is lovely, the twisted grip wire bindings
a little loose, not much. The hilt with some gilt remaining. Further
/ full-sized pictures available upon request. Please quote item
reference number C66 (653).