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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.

1803 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Sword / Sabre

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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).

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