BRITISH 1803 LIGHT INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD - NAPOLEONIC

Stock Ref: AST 1840

An excellent example of this iconic sword that was used by Light Infantry Officers during the Napoleonic wars and has been expertly restored.

73cm (29”) heavily curved wide single fullered blade with flat back and hatchet point. The blade is single edged. The blade is heavily engraved on both sides with scrolling foliate designs. On one side there is a stand of arms. It retains traces of the original gold inlay,

Brass hilt with knucklebow  guard incorporating the crowned royal cypher for George III, and with sword knot slit. Brass back piece ending in a very fine lions head pommel. Fishskin grip with brass wire bindings.

Maker:  R Johnston late Bland & Foster. Sword Cutler and Belt maker to his Majesty. (Traded from 68 Pall Mall, London from 1797)

Dated: 1803-1815

Black leather scabbard with brass mounts which have cut outs, and single ring on the top and middle locket. The top locket has a stud fitting for a sword belt and is engraved on the back with the Makers name.

The sword and scabbard have been professionally restored to a very high standard. The blade appears to have been cleaned at some previous time. It is free from rust and has minimal staining. There are no knicks, and the original engraved patterns remain clearly visible, although most of the gold inlay has been lost except by the guard. The hilt has been restored and is firm on the tang. The grip and wire bindings have been replaced and are as new. The scabbard has had its leather replaced and the brass fittings have been restored.

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£1,100.00