In aged but good overall condition, a Napoleonic British Infantry Officer’s Lions Head Sword with scabbard
Circa 1800, when sword patterns were less regulated. Most likely for an infantry flank officer, possibly Scottish. The combination of lion’s head, semi circular guard extension, knot loop, and 1796 cavalry pattern style make this a very bespoke / unique sword. Clearly a close quarters fighting sword, we would say it is a naval officer’s sword / saber but for the lack of a fouled anchor anywhere; caveat, sometimes naval officer’s swords did not have fouled anchors and short 1796P cavalry blades were very popular with some officers. No maker’s / retailer’s mark anywhere we can see.
The 27 inch blade shows no evidence of etching. Blade with light to moderate pitting towards the point. Blade firm in the hilt and grip. The fishskin grip with some patchy wear but is good; the twisted grip wire bindings in good order. The leather and gilt metal scabbard has lost its lower chape fitting and there is no sign there was ever a middle band. The saber sheathes and draws well.
VeryÂ unusual sword, very bespoke drawing on a range of features of swords seen in this era but not normally together on the same sword. You will not find another. (was) £900, now £720 . Please quote item reference X01. Further / full sized images upon request. Box 1247-101x19x17 (1.987).