Napoleonic Wars British Infantry Officer's
Sword Blade, Sold
In good condition, a Napoleonic Wars British Infantry Officer's
Sword with Captured French Blue & Gilt Etched Blade.
This is an 1786 pattern British infantry officer's hilt / guard
with a captured French officer's blade. Although the 1786P was seldom
used on the battlefield after 1800, it remained in use in the British
Army for many years, most notably as a dress sword. The British
officer returning from the Peninsular or 100 Days (Waterloo) War
with a captured French infantry officer's sword has it mounted into
this hilt as the French blade is not dissimilar to the blades used
by the British for this pattern sword. It is only logical if not
possible reason to find a French blade mounted into a British hilt.
The 31 1/8 inch "diamond section" double edged period
sharpened blade is in good condition save for a dented tip and some
period roughness / light damage to both sides of the forward cutting
edge, has very good amounts of blue and gilt etch remaining, plus
is firm in the hilt. The hilt in good shape with some gilt remaining.
The silver metal wire grip is good but with some wire distortion.
Just imagine the story behind this sword and the original British
officer who once owned it. Not worth quibbling at just £?
(too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number V88 (1091).
Further / full sized pictures available upon request.