1803P Blue & Gilt British Grenadier Guards
Officer's Sword, sold
A rare, treasured, 1803 pattern British infantry officer's sword,
marked with the figure of a Grenadier Guard, in very good condition
for age but with clear battle damage.
An exceptional sword. Etched both sides all the way down the blade,
very good blue and gilt sections remaining, the figure of a guardsman
with his plume on the left of his bearskin (Grenadier Guards), special
length for a flank officer (which is how the Grenadier Guards fought),
period nicks to the forward cutting edge of the blade, some slight
period / very old damaged to the hilt. This sword clearly was closely
involved in the Napoleonic wars, most likely at Waterloo.
The 30 1/4 inch blade is clearly for a flank officer, and is superbly
made, with the normal blue and gilt etching extended with standard
etching all the way down to the point section. Within the blue and
gilt are the guardsman figure, British Royal Coat of Arms, Royal
Cypher, "Warranted" and maker's name "Eginton",
further down Britannia and cannons etc. on one side, the female
figure of Victory on the other. Several period nicks to the forward
cutting edge. Some fading to the ricasso / forte.
Blade firm in the hilt, the hilt generally good but for a small
missing section to the royal cypher section of the guard, clearly
very old if not period damage. The fishskin grip with twisted grip
wire bindings in very good condition. The scabbard aged but complete,
the top locket bearing the inscription "J Eginton Birmingham
Sword Cutler and Button Makers to his Royal Highness the Duke of
Kent (King George III's fourth son, Prince Edward Augustus)"
It rarely gets better than this. So the price is a bargain, tremendous
investment and about the most evocative purchase you can make. Please
quote item reference F60 (890). Further / full sized images available