In overall good condition, a 1796 Pattern George III British Infantry Officer’s Sword with Field Service Scabbard.
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Etched to JJ Runkel Solingen on the blade’s spine, and George III plus pre-1801 British Royal Coat of Arms to the blade itself. This sword dates therefore from 1796 (folding guard) to 1801. The steel scabbard and sharpened blade shows this sword was sold to a field / active service British infantry officer.
The 32 5/8 inch blade has just traces of etching remaining, patina patches and some period small nicks and roughness to the cutting edge, a fairly sure sign it was used in combat (later “sword play” nicks tend to be multiple and deeper). Blade firm in hilt. The hilt good, the folding guard section a little floppy but less than many / most, the small quillon missing. The silver metal grip has lost a couple of turns and been later solder repaired. The pommel has lost its decorative finale. The original steel field service scabbard is in good condition though has lost one suspension ring. The sword sheathes and draws a little loosely.
The swords were not the most sturdy ever produced for the British army, but this one has fared a lot better than most, especially as it seems sure to have seen action. A great buy for the price, for sure, just was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AF74. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1254-101x18x16 (1.684).