1796 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Sword
& Scabbard, sold
In overall good condition for its age, a 1796 pattern British
infantry officer's sword.
The folding guard means this is a 1796 pattern. An interesting
one in that there is an inscription along the spine of the blade,
which may be a maker's name / mark but not one we recognize, and
thus it may be the original owner's name.
The 31 1/4 inch blade is in sound condition with the remnants of
the once fine blue and gilt etching still visible. Along the spine
a feint period cursive inscription; either a maker's mark or perhaps
the name of the original owner. Blade firm in hilt. The hilt generally
very good and the folding guards works well, the silver wire grip
in good condition, a little movement. The leather and gilt metal
fittings scabbard in good though aged condition; there is a taped
repair to the centre under the middle fitting (this may well be
simply that the scabbard leather was made in two sections, as was
quite common, so the scabbard may not be damaged at all). The nice
thing about the scabbard is that it retains its suspension frog
button (notice there are no suspension rings, so this is an earlier
1796P). The sword sheathes and draws well.
A great example, a terrific buy at £xxx (too late, now sold
- though we will provide the original sales price for a small fee).
Please quote item reference number O72 (1372). Further / full sized
images upon request.