BRITISH 1796 INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD – NAPOLEONIC – GEORGE III

Stock Ref: AST 1892

A good example of a fighting weight version of this iconic sword, carried by British line infantry officers throughout the Napoleonic wars.

83.5cm (32.75”) straight flat backed single fullered blade with spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 6”. The blade is engraved on the back with the makers name and on the blade with the royal Cypher for George III, and scrolling foliate and martial designs.

Brass hilt originally gilt brass with double shell guard the inner hinged, stirrup hilt, rearward foliate decorated quillon. Fluted urn pommel with acanthus decoration, with prominent flattened ball tang button. Silver wire grip.

Maker: John Justus Runkel (Traded between 1795 – 1808 from Tookes Court London, and imported blades from Solingen)

Dated: 1796 – 1808

No scabbard

The sword is generally in good condition for its age. The blade has suffered earlier rust damage which has left staining and light pitting. The original engraved decorations remain visible. The hilt is in good condition, the inner hinge is original and undamaged. The silver wire bound grip is loose in places. There is slight movement on the tang.

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£395.00