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.
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
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.