Circa 1790 British Senior Army / Infantry
Officer's Sword, Sold
In overall good though aged condition, a late 18C (circa 1790)
(disastrous Flanders Campaign era) British Senior Army / Infantry
In the style of a yeomanry cavalry officer's sword, but shorter
for a senior infantry officers. Circa 1790, when British swords
were only just being regulated pattern wise, officers were still
able to show off their individuality and wealth; with an ivory grip,
the later certainly applies here and would only be worn by a senior
officer (lower ranks would not dare try to rise above their station).
The 26 3/4 inch blade is in good condition with a steady patina
throughout, firm in the hilt. The hilt with heart shaped motif to
forward guard in very good condition for its age. The chunky ivory
grip has faired very well over the years, just a few cracks and
small chip. The leather and highly patina blackened brass fitting
scabbard is good for age but the central band is leather, not brass
and may be a period replacement / modification as it has a lot of
age. The sword sheaths and draws well.
A well above average Flanders
Campaign era British infantry officer's sword. Well worth the
£? (too late, now sold) price tag. Please quote item reference
AE62 (0956). Further / full sized images available upon request.