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).