In good overall condition, an 1803 pattern Napoleonic British Infantry Officer’s Blue and Gilt Etched Sword with Scabbard for Sale
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Slightly shorter and more curved blade shows this sword / sabre was once held by a flank officer in a British infantry regiment. The period sharpened blade has a period nick and some roughness to the forward cutting edge indicating it was used in battle; perhaps during the Peninsular War, perhaps the 100 Days War (Waterloo).
The 27 1/2 inch blade retains reasonable levels of blue and gilt etching, and is firm in the hilt. The hilt has lost much gilt and there is one break in a small bar (could be realigned and glued), but is otherwise in good condition. The fishskin grip with wear and staining but overall good. Some of the twisted grip wire binging strands are gone or astray. The leather and metal fittings scabbard is good for its age, the leather has shrunk a little and has multiple surface cracks, the gilt is all but gone off the metal fittings. The sword sheathes and draws well enough though quite tightly.
A very good example of a scarce Waterloo era sword with battle evidence. Just was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AF93. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1302-96x30x10 (2.370).