In aged but good condition, a super rare Waterloo era British Army Surgeon’s Sword
Not a regulated pattern, so a rare sword. It is what a well to do British Army Surgeon Officer would wear when on duty, but not when he was amputating limbs and sewing up gaping wounds without anesthetics (other than a Scotch).
The 25 1/2 inch slightly curved blade is a little loose in the hilt / grip and with patina / age / wear, but good. The tell tale medical Caduceus guard and Petasus (winged hat) confirm this is a medical officer’s sword. The steel hilt / guard has a few traces of the once golden gilt remaining and is in sound condition. The ringed hardwood probably had a leather covering (rather than fishskin) originally, but the leather is gone and some of the wood is chipped, but still good / sound. The leather and steel fittings scabbard is very aged, but sound; there appears to be some lettering, maybe the sword cutler’s name, on the top scabbard locket, but is too worn / feint to determine. The sword sheathes and draws a little tightly and does not fully sheath; all due to leather shrinkage.
It is highly likely that you will never find, let alone be able to buy another. £1200 is a great price. Please quote item reference AH32. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1710-86x15x14 (1.340)