BRITISH 1796 INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD – BLUE & GILT - NAPOLEONIC

Stock Ref: AST 1887

A very good example of the earlier pattern with the fixed guard, with a fighting weight blade, by Woolley & Deakin, carried by British line infantry officers throughout the Napoleonic wars.

81.5cm (32”) straight flat backed single fullered blade with spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 6”. The blue and gilt blade is engraved on the back with the maker’s name, and on the blade on one side with the royal coat of arms for George III, scrolling foliate designs and ‘Warranted’, and on the other with a crowned stylised cypher for George III, a stand of arms and scrolling foliate designs.

Gilt brass hilt with fixed double shell guard, stirrup hilt, rearward foliate decorated quillon. Fluted urn pommel with acanthus decoration, with prominent flattened ball tang button. Silver wire grip.

Maker: Woolley & Deakin (Traded under this name from Edmund Street, Birmingham between 1800 – 1803)

Dated: 1800 - 1803

Black leather scabbard with brass top mount fitted with belt frog  hook, and a brass chape.

The sword is generally in very good condition for its age. The blade has minimal staining and the original bluing has now faded to a grey-blue. The gilt etchings remain clear and undamaged. The hilt is generally in good condition. The stirrup hilt is slightly out of line and there is a crack by the pommel which has been glued. The silver wire bound grip is in good condition. There is slight movement in the shell guard. The scabbard is in good condition.

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£875.00