1803P Blue & Gilt British EIC Infantry
Officer's Sabre / Sword, sold
In overall good condition with lots of blue and gilt etching remaining,
a rare 1803 pattern British infantry officer's sabre / sword with
lion langets denoting for an officer serving in the British East
This is a rare variation of a scarce sword, the first we have seen.
What is more, the value is enhanced by the abundant remaining blue
and gilt etching to the blade.
The 30 1/2 inch blade with post 1801 British Royal Coat of Arms
and GR (King George IV) royal cypher, plus military symbols, etc.
is in very good shape and firm in the hilt. The hilt with much gilt
remaining and in good condition except for a bend and small break
in the quillon (it is quite sound). The fishskin grip is lovely,
a bit more substantial than many if not most 1803P's; it is a grip
to be held firm in order to use the sword with deadly effect. OK,
the grip has lost most of its once patent black surface, but the
fishskin is very good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The
lion's head langets make this one of the most attractive 1803P's
that you are ever likely to encounter.
The ricasso / forte is etched to sword cutlers "Gibson's Thomson
& Craig's Warranted", which dates the sword between 1801
A well above average example. Please quote item reference F93 (917).
Further / full sized images available upon request.