Georgian British Grenadier Guards Infantry
Officer's Sword, for sale
In good condition, a super rare 1803 pattern Georgian British
Grenadier Guards Infantry Officer's Sword.
Etched "Grenadier Guards@ one side of the blade, "For
My Country and King" the other. The maker's details to the
spine of the blade are all but rubbed away but clearly St James's
Street; our best guess is Richard Johnston (1811 to 1838, though
this pattern of sword was replaced in 1822, so 1811 to 1822).
The 30 1/2 inch blade has been made with a much more narrow point
than a normal 1803 Pattern, no doubt to make it much for effective
as a thrusting weapon. The blade is in good condition but the etching
is now very very feint. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt in very
good condition given is brass not steel, and these brass hilted
1803P's most often have damaged hilts, but not this one. The grip
is good but there are a couple of wear / "moth" holes.
The brass fittings and leather scabbard has lost its top fitting
and the leather is very aged and cracked, though sound. the sword
sheathes and draws a little tightly, no doubt due to leather shrinkage.
A super rare sword at an investment price, £2000. Please
quote item reference number AF03. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Box 1046-101x19x17 (1.871).