Offered is a George III era 1796 Pattern British Army Infantry Officer’s sword.
The sword features a wire bound grip, mounted onto an ornate ‘P’ shaped gilded guard with urn shaped pommel. The fold down shell guardshow light wear to gilt finish.
The blade has blue & gilt fired etchings running 1/2 down the length of both sides of the 81 cm straight blade. Good etched royal coat of arms and motto’s running along both sides of the blade, including the crowned royal cypher & trophies etc. Some very light service wear to blade to the unfired sections which could be easily polished out.
The replacement steel service scabbard is in good serviceable condition. It shows some dents overall, but the blade slides in and out without much difficulty. I rarely see the 1796 Pattern swords and when I do, most are in poor condition, this one being a rare exception. This pattern was the mainstay sidearm for Infantry Officer’s during the Napoleonic Wars and went on to influence the pattern of swords chosen by other nations at the time, including the newly created United States of America. You won’t be disappointed in purchasing this 200 year old plus sword.
Overall length: 101 cm.