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Napoleonic Wars British Grenadier / Light Infantry Officer's Sabre, Sold

In overall good though aged condition, a Napoleonic Wars British Grenadier / Light Infantry Officer's Sabre / Sword.

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Sold Item Notice

This exact same model of sword, made by Dawes, is featured in "Sword of the British Army" by Bryan Robson and is said to have been owned by a captain in the 84th Regiment of Foot (York and Lancaster Regiment) and is dated as being carried by the officer from 1800 to 1818. The general pattern (shorter curved blade and stirrup type hilt) was used by grenadier and light infantry officers as it was ideal for their skirmishing type warfare.

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The 30 inch blade is in good condition with the remnants of the original etching still visible, including "Dawes" and "Warranted", and is firm in the grip. The brass hilt has movement and some bending damage to where the flaming bomb motif is. The ivory grip shows this sword was likely for a senior officer such as a captain. The ivory grip with chips and age related hair line cracks, but is good overall and has grip wire still in place. The leather and brass scabbard is in aged condition with the leather cracking and with some loses along the edge towards the upper fitting. The sword sheathes and draws quite tightly, and does not sheath fully due to shrinkage.

Rare sword. Nice price. £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference T39 (0752). Further / full sized images upon request.

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