Napoleonic British Light Infantry / Flank
Officer's Sword (sold)
An 1800's / Napoleonic War, British light infantry or flank officer's
sabre / sword with ivory grip; important officer, blade marked "Honi
soit qui mal y pense".
A scarce early 1800's pattern British light infantry / flank officer's
sabre / sword of the type carried throughout the Napoleonic Wars
(Peninsular War and 100 Days War / Waterloo). Most likely a front
line field officer's sabre of one of the premier Fusilier regiments
or a military knight of the garter due to the inclusion of the motto
"Honi soit qui mal y pense" (evil to him who evil thinks).
32 Inch blade marked to JJ (Johann Justus) Runkel of Solingen, one
of if not the premier blade makers of the era. Whoever carried this
sword was a very important officer.
The blade with clear remnants of etching both sides. Although very
similar to the light cavalry sabre (1796P), this sword is discernable
as an infantry officer's sabre by its etchings and slightly different
hilt pattern. Everything firm. A little of the ivory missing from
under the pommel. Grip wire absent. Further / full sized photos
available upon request. Reference number 416.