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1822P Georgian Royal Scots Fusiliers Senior Officer's Sword, sold

In sound condition, an exceptionally rare Georgian senior Royal Scots Fusiliers (21st Regiment of Foot) officer's sword that proves the name "Royal Scots Fusiliers" was used circa 1825, long before the history books say the name was adopted.

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This is a lovely bit of history that proves the history books are wrong. This is a rare 1822 pattern Royal Scots Fusiliers officer's sword, pipe back blade with the remains of blue and gilt etching, which were only used during the Georgian era. The sword dates to around 1825 courtesy of the blue and gilt etching. History books wrong? Yes, they say that the 21st Regiment of Foot were called the Royal North British Fusiliers until 1877, long after this sword was made.

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Given the sword dates to around 1825 and clearly was for a senior officer who no doubt rose through the ranks, the original owner therefore most likely was present at the Battle of Bladensburg (called by Americans: "the greatest disgrace ever dealt to American arms" / "the most humiliating episode in American history") on the 24th August 1814, after which British troops entered Washington DC and burnt it to the ground. Bladensburg is a battle honour for the Royal Scots Fusiliers. As stated, this sword could not have been present at that battle, but the officer who subsequently owned it most likely was.

The 32 1/2 inch blade is obviously aged, with the once bright blue and gilt etching now faded, but still clear enough to determine the name and motto of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. Blade firm in the hilt, the brass hilt a little misshapen (as is very common / to be expected with brass hilts) but not much. The detail to the back piece is exceptional and confirms the standing of the officer who once owned it. The fishskin grip are grip wire bindings are good. The folding guards works.

Go find another one if you can! Bear that in mind and our price of £(too late - sales price divuged for small fee) is a true investment for sure. Please quote reference number G28 (949). Full sized / further images available upon request.

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