In mixed condition, a Napoleonic 1796P Blue & Gilt Etched British Infantry Officer’s Sword
With post 1801 British Royal Coat of Arms and the fact it was replaced by the 1803 Pattern, means this sword dates to 1802. Incredibly, the original silver wire grip is complete and good and the original sword knot is present and in not bad condition for over 220 years old! The blue and gilt etching is superb but the blade has some serious rust patches and the scabbard is later (not original to the sword). Look, if the sword has minimal rust and a correct scabbard, with the original sword knot and grip, we could sell it for 2.5 times what we are with that much outstanding blue and gilt etch remaining.
The 30 3/4 inch blade is some very good (excellent original blue and gilt etch), some not good (rust), firm in the hilt. The hilt with folding guard section is good, as is the twisted silver / silver metal wire grip. The original sword knot is aged and frayed in places and worn, but sound. The later leather scabbard is good. The sword sheathes and draws a bit loosely.
A sensational looking sword despite the issues. All that blue and gilt for just £1000!. Please quote item reference ZZ29. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1694-105x15x14 (1.450)