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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.

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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.

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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.

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