Stock Ref: AST 1920

A very fine example of a British Officers sword dating from the Napoleonic wars with a splendid etched blade against a gold background.

69.5cm (27.25”) heavily curved flat sided blade with clipped point and flat back. The blade is single edged except for the last 10” and has been previously sharpened. The blade is heavily decorated with the etchings in relief against a gold background, the whole contained in a panel with a decorated border. These include on one side the crowned royal cypher for George III above a laurel wreath, the standing figure of Brittania, and extensive foliate designs. On the other the royal coat of arms above the British lion and Unicorn, a winged victory. Warranted in a ribbon and extensive foliate designs.

Steel swept back hilt with stirrup guard, rearward quillon ending in a downward block with greek key design. Two short oval langets. Steel back piece with beak nose pommel. Leather wrapped wooden grip with silver wire bindings.

Maker: Although not named, the style of decoration is typical of Samuel Brunn who traded from 55 and later 56 Charing Cross Road between 1797 and 1820. (Brunn was a leading royal sword cutler to the Prince of Wales and the Board of Ordnance).

Dated: 1797 – 1815

Steel scabbard with two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age. The blade is free from rust and has minimal staining. The decorations remain clear with minimal fading. The hilt is intact with very slight movement on the tang it has a brown patina. The wooden grip has some old worm damage and part has been lost near the pommel. The leather wrapping has wear commensurate with use. The wire bindings are intact. The scabbard has a brown patina. The underneath of the chape appears to be missing (There may have been a deliberate gap to allow drainage?) There are some minor dents.

This interesting sword is unusual in his relatively light weight and length when compared to other 1796 Cavalry of the period. It may have been made for a Cornet or possibly was carried by a Light Company Flank Officer. In either event it would have been a very expensive sword when first purchased.

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