Stock Ref: AST 1864

A good example of the standard British infantry officer’s sword from the Napoleonic Wars – probably made in Solingen.

79.5cm (31.25”) straight single fullered blade with flat back and spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 6”. The blade is decorated on one side with the crowned Royal Cypher for George III, and various foliate designs, and on the other with the Royal coat of arms, and various foliate designs.

Cast brass hilt with double shell guard the inner hinged to fold flat. Rearward quillon with acanthus bud decoration. Stirrup hilt and Adam style hexagonal shaped pommel with flattened circular tang button. Silver wire grip.

Maker: Not known - but the decoration to the blade is typical of those imported by J J Runkel from Solingen (John Justus Runkel traded from Tookes Court, London between 1795 – 1808).

No scabbard

The blade has suffered from early rust damage, now stabilised, which has left areas of light pitting towards the point, and an overall brown patina. The steel, however, remains flexible and the original engravings are clearly visible. The hilt is generally in good condition. The hinged guard is in working order and complete with original hinge pin. The rearward quillon appears to have been depressed but is not cracked. The grip is complete, although there is slight movement due to shrinkage of the wooden core. The guard is firm on the tang.

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