American Revolutionary War British Shotley
Bridge Sword, Sold
In good / aged condition, a rare , a American Revolutionary War
British Infantry Officer's Shotley Bridge Sword.
The blade bearing a running fox mark; these were use by Shotley
Bridge sword makers such as Samuel Harvey (he put his initials inside
the fox). This sword was almost certainly made by the famed Mohll
/ Moll / Mole family circa 1780. It has also seen battle, almost
certainly in the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence).
Not only does it have several period nicks to the cutting edge,
but the blade has been broken on two near the forte and then period,
very well reforged.
The 24 7/8 inch blade has period nicks, reforged period break,
a steady patina and if firm in the hilt. The hilt is good but also
shows signs of battle, not least the quillon has been period broken
of and repaired back, again period and very well. The ebony / ebonized
grooved wood grip has wear etc and a thin crack one side commensurate
with battle damage, but is good and sound.
A really evocative and rare sword, if only it could talk. An undoubted
bargain at £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
AE68 (0982). Further / full sized images available upon request.