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Pipe Back Napoleonic Wars British Infantry Flank Officer's Sword, sold

In good condition, a fearsome pipe-backed clipped point British infantry flank officer's fighting / campaign sword, possibly wootz blade.

Pipe Backed Napoleonic Wars British Infantry Flank Officer's Sabre / Swordimage F45 1

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This is a rare sword. A pipe back blade with clipped point. The blade with no signs that it was ever etched and therefore was probably made as a campaign / fighting sword and it shows; the blade is fearsome. With some crazing to the steel, the blade is most likely some form of wootz steel fabrication; possibly an imported blade as was known, though we suspect the blade is British made but of the highest grade steel. The blade is still sharp to this day.

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The plain curved 29 inch blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt in overall good condition but with a strong patina. The fishskin grip and associated twisted wire bindings are both very good for their age. The steel scabbard has a few dings and plenty of patina, but solid. The sword sheathes and draws very well.

This is such an impressive sword; it was made for slicing the enemy and quite possibly did so. Very few of these around with the pipe-back blade, so a real evocative and sound investment. Further / full sized images available upon request. Please quote item reference F45 (916)


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