Napoleonic British Light Infantry / Grenadier
Flank Officer's Sabre, sold
In good condition, a Napoleonic British light infantry / grenadier
regiment flank officer's sabre and scabbard.
For many people, the Georgian British light infantry flank officer's
sabre is the closest you can get without provenance to a sword that
was likely held and used in the Napoleonic Wars. This is because
flank officers were specialist of line unit light infantry / grenadier
regiments, rather than country regiments, so there is much more
chance such a sabre was "there". This one is no exception,
as there are tell tale period (you can tell by the patina and lack
of rough edges) nicks to the forward cutting edge of the blade.
The plain steeply curved 71.5 cm blade is period sharpened and
double edged at the tip end section, and firm in the hilt; the blade
may well have been plain from the start, made as a campaign rather
than dress sword / sabre. The blade with light pitting and attractive
patina, plus period nicks to the cutting edge. The stirrup hilt
is good and sound, the fishskin grip and twisted silver grip wire
bindings in aged but good order. The steel scabbard aged, a little
rusted, missing one suspension ring, a double sided ding, the mouth
piece section mostly missing, is in sound condition. The sabre sheaths
and draws fairly well; it is clear the wooden liners are perished,
as you would and should expect.
A great all round sabre and one that probably was used against
the Imperial French Grande Armie, so a great and evocative investment.
Further / full sized images available upon request. Please quote
item reference E48 (805)