In aged good condition, a George IV British Infantry Officer’s Campaign Sword
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This is a rare sword. Why? Because it has the cypher of George IV in a solid “Gothic” hilt / guard; George IV died in 1830, the gothic hilt regulation went from folding guard to solid guard in 1854. Plus the blade is a “standard” with a quill point (not pipe back or spear point). Plain blade too! It is therefore a rare George IV British infantry officer’s campaign sword. The scabbard being steel, not leather and brass, is for field service.
NB: Not a sergeant’s sword as no Board of Ordnance markings, plus earliest ones had folding guards and pipeback blades with solid hilts like this coming in 1861, long after Georg IV died.
The 32 5/8 inch plain “standard” blade is in aged (light inert rusting / pitting / patina) and a little loose in the hilt. The solid (not folding) brass gothic hilt has some distortion / bending (normal, as brass looks great but is nowhere near as strong as steel) but is good. The fishskin grip is worn but good; the twisted grip wire bindings have gone. The sturdy steel scabbard is good but has clearly lost its inner wooden slats so the sword sheathes and draws loosely.
You will not find many of these on the market, even less at just was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference ZZ42. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1715-104x15x14 (1.768)