In good condition, a Napoleonic French Light Cavalry Officer’s Blue & Gilt Sword
A British war trophy; most likely from the Peninsular War. This model of sword dates to the French Premier Empire. It has lost the very tip of the blade and been reformed. Perios sharp[ened and with a few nicks to the cutting edge. The grip slightly loose commensurate with and active service life and even having taken a fall. It is period sharpened and re-blued (the etching has been period redone, professionally). All of this says the sword is a British officer’s war trophy. If only this sword could talk of its history!
The 29 inch period sharpened blade is mostly very good (blue and gilt etching very good) but has some old cutting edge nicks and pitting towards the point, firm in the hilt, the grip a little loose. The hilt with some minor corrected distortion is good, as is the checkered walnut grip (little wobbly).
Stunning example. Stunningly inexpensive. £800. Please quote item reference AH14. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1671-106x15x14 (1.277).