Georgian British Infantry Flank Officer's
Sabre / Sword, sold
In good condition, a Napoleonic wars British infantry flank officer's
sabre and scabbard.
This is a lovely light in the hand yet effective slashing weapon
which was once held by a Britain infantry flank officer during the
Napoleonic wars. It is difficult to tell if the plain blade is as
a result of over zealous "cleaning" or that it was always
plain, a campaign sabre (where the officer kept his fancy, unsharpened
blue and gilt etched dress sword for formal occasions), but we think
it is the later.
The plain 29 1/2 inch blade, typical for a flank officer, is in
very good condition and firm in the hilt. The steel stirrup hilt
with a pleasant light patina throughout is in good condition. The
fishskin grip has some wear and one small loss patch, but is well
above average. The silver twisted grip wire bindings are good, just
one strand / turn a little astray, the flattened section ferule
typical of many a quality British sword maker of the time. The scabbard
has a deep attractive patina; it has lost its two suspension rings.
The sword sheathes and draws very well. It truly is a lovely sword
Who knows what service this sabre saw, you get a lot of evocative
investment for the money. Full sized / additional photos available
upon request. Please quote item reference number E19(814).