1803 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Sword
/ Sabre, sold
A scarce Napoleonic Wars 1803P British infantry officer's sword
in good overall condition, some period nicks to the cutting edge
implies was used in battle.
It is hard to tell, but there a few nicks to the cutting edge of
this blade that look to be period and therefore suggest the sword
was actively used during the Napoleonic Wars. Such aging of nicks
is hard to fake but of course they could have been "added"
some time in the distant past as the sword is likely 200 years old.
The blade bears the 1801 to 1816 British Royal Coat of Arms, so
the dating is certainly right. Also, there is some slight damage
to the knuckle bow section of the guard / hilt, which also appears
to be period (the break point is well oxidized). In any event, this
is avery good example of a scarce and highly collected sword, high
quality blade by JJ Runkel, marked to renowned sword cutler Prosser
on the top scabbard locket.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in good condition, aged and with a few
nicks to the cutting edge, but still sound and firm in the hilt,
the etching still visible. The hilt has taken a knock at some stage
but is not too badly dented. The shargreen grip and twisted grip
wire bindings are in very good order. The original leather and gilt
metal (most gilt now gone of course) fittings scabbard is in good
shape. However, the sword does not sheath fully, so there is some
obstruction in the lower fitting (chape); this is almost certainly
aged leather and we believe fairly easily remedied by a competent
leather worker. Anyway, the sword sits proud by around 1 inch at
this time. Certainly not a problem if displayed out of the scabbard.
At any rate, this is a scarce sword in good condition and with
the added bonuses of a complete original scabbard plus signs it
carved away at an Imperial French soldier or two. We believe ours
is a bargain price; grab it while you can. Further / full sized
images available upon request. Please quote item reference F04 (857).