1803P Blue & Gilt British Infantry General's
Sword / Sabre, SOLD
In good condition, a blue and gilt etched (approximately 75% remaining)
ivory grip (for General Staff Officers) 1803 pattern British infantry
sword / sabre and scabbard.
This is a fighting officer's sword made by JJ Runkel with an 1801-1816
version of the British Royal Coat of Arms, so early 19C (pre-1809)
as Runkel died / ceased trading in 1808. This is not a dress sword
for a non-combatant staff officer, it is an infantry field officer's
sword. It is therefore very scarce, if not rare, and certainly more
valuable than a standard officer's sword (these have fishskin grips).
The 32 inch blade is in good condition, period sharpened (though
now not so sharp) by the maker (as is well done so as not to damage
the etching). Blade with JJ Runkel Solingen to spine. Blade a little
loose in the hilt; we could easily "fix" this by pushing
Stanley knife blade segments into the gap between the blade and
hilt / grip, but leave this option with honesty to the eventual
owner. Hilt a little misshapen, not much, as should be expected
with a field officer's sword. Ivory grip with age, cracks and some
small pieces missing; again as to be expected. Grip wire still present.
Brass fittings on leather scabbard; all original but missing frog
suspension button and aged. Sword sheathes and draws well.
Superb investment value. Please quote item reference number M95
(1293). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.
PS Most dealers would come up with some story that the sword is
said to be the property of XXXX general to greatly inflate the value;
we do not do this and we have no provenance on who was the original