A very good British Napoleonic Cavalry Officer’s Sword with extensive etched decoration to the blade. This is a fine and unusual example and includes a 1796 Pattern stirrup-type hilt of typical neo-classical style, particularly with regard to the squared quillon finial. The grip is covered in fishskin and bound with copper twistwire – all the original twistwire remains – small piece missing from fishskin near pommel. With shield-shaped hilt langet.
The blade is of curved, pipe back and quill point form and is very much indicative of a late-Georgian military sword when the introduction of this type of fighting blade became popular with British military officers and was a standard blade type for many years afterward, both in the infantry and cavalry. It is decorated with a mixture of designs and motifs, including royal coat of arms, stands of trophies, victory laurels and scrolling foliage. The quality of the blade etching is excellent and still extremely crisp. The blade length is 31.5 inches (36 inches overall). A very attractive addition for the collector of British Napoleonic swords and edged weapons. No scabbard.
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