Napoleonic British Army Flank Officer's Lions
Head Sabre (Sold)
Good condition Napoleonic Wars period British army flank officer's
sabre and scabbard.
Many swords are often wrongly described or even portrayed as British
flank officer's sabres; this is 100% authentic. Flank officers fought
along the sides of the main army column. They were highly mobile
riflemen / grenadiers who used their swords as a weapon of last
choice in close combat. As such they had a preference for shorter
more agile slashing sabres similar but shorter to cavalry sabres.
Unfortunately many short (yeomanry, child's and practice) sabres
get presented as flank officer swords when they are not. This fine
sabre with its lion's head pommel, Georgian royal cypher and infantry
style etchings guarantees it is.
The curved 26 3/4 inch blade (last millimeter of the tip missing;
hardly noticeable) is firm in the hilt. The hilt having retained
significant gilt, the leather grip with a few small worm holes (testifies
it is original) and all of its ring bindings (grip wire) in good
shape. The sword sheathes well in its original scabbard. The scabbard
leather in very good order considering its age. Further / full sized
pictures available upon request. Item reference code 309.