English c.1780’s Infantry NCO’s Sword

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A very rare English c.1780's Infantry NCO's Sword.  This is the first spadroon-type English infantry sword that I have encountered that has a Board of Ordnance inspector's mark to the blade forte - this indicates that it is likely to be for a non-commissioned officer and the general simplicity of the hilt and blade leans towards an NCO designation.  The sword comprises a brass, D-Shaped hilt with cushion pommel and is bound with heavy gauge brass twistwire.  The forward-guard has a diamond-shaped brass insert within the guard.  The blade is plain and with a lenticular blade that is deeply impressed with the number 4 and crown above.

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This was a common stamp used by British government sword inspectors and was placed upon swords that were issued to ordinary soldiers.  The blade is double-edged to its full length.  Condition of the sword is good - the blade does have some commensurate age wear.  Both hilt and blade are rock solid - no movement whatsoever.  Blade length is 31 inches (36 inches overall).

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