1800's / Georgian / Napoleonic British General's
In good condition, a rare early 1800's / George III / Napoleonic
British infantry general's sword
This is such a rare sword as only British generals carried them,
as opposed to later General Staff Officers patterns. Which British
general once owned this, we do not know, but we can only wonder
and muse. A specific design for generals, a variation of the heavy
cavalry officer's dress sword rather than the infantry officer's
sword of the era; the feature that differentiates it from a heavy
cavalry dress sword being the twin "Pas de Ane Rings"
(finger grip holes) inside the guard.
Clearly late 18the Century with the blade simply marked "Sohlingen"
(with the Prussian spelling "Sohlingen" rather than the
British "Solingen"). The 31 1/2 inch blade is in good
condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt having lost some gilt to
expose its brass base in places. Critically, the twisted wire grip
is very good, this type of grip often having suffered the test of
time; this one is in well above average condition. The original
leather and gilt over brass fittings scabbard is aged, but good,
the leather a little droopy in one area but still sound. The sword
point does protrude through the end of the chape / shoe. The sword
sheathes and draws quite well.
Find another for sale if you can. When you understand we have not
had one for many, many years, you may start to understand just how
rare these swords are, and how good an investment £1200 actually
represents. Please quote item reference G77 (962). Full sized /
additional photos available upon request.