In sound aged condition, a Mid 18C / Battle of Culloden era English Dragoon Cavalry Backsword
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These “Christmas Tree” hilt / guard swords were used from 1730 to 1770, the Battle of Culloden was in 1746, English Dragoons fought in the battle, so who knows…… No maker’s mark fully visible (there are the remains of something one side of the forte but it is too worn and corroded to be legible), The later thin paint streak and piece of cord were not seen prior to photographing are so included with our thanks! (Can be easily removed).
This Culloden era pattern of English cavalry sword is probably rarer than Culloden era Scottish horseman’s swords, and yet the later for three or more times the cost; go figure!
The 32 5/8 inch blade has been slightly shortened but not by much; it is pitted / patinated throughout with some old / period nicks to the cutting edge. Blade a little loose in the hilt and grip. The Christmas Tree guard / hilt in good condition. The grip base may be original but, if so, has lost its fishskin (it is now covered with very old, possibly period cloth bindings); it is in aged / worn condition.
Impressive 290 ish year old sword with a clear harsh service life / history; hold it and imagine! Just was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Y79. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1480-117x15x14 (1.753).