A Very Fine 1803 Blue & Gilt General Officer’s Sword. 38” overall, 32” curved fullered blue & gilt blade with etched panels for its full length, on the right hand side from the tip: blue & gilt foliage with etched partitions, etched oval with foliage incorporating roses, shamrocks & thistles, below that deeply etched and engraved post 1801 Royal Coat of Arms above elaborate trophy of arms. The obverse with elaborate trophy of arms above an engraved tablet with Crown GR above an engraved standing figure of Britannia. The gilt brass hilt with Crown over ‘GR’ on the knucklebow, leaf shaped stool, the lions head pommel with long haired mane, finely chequered ivory grip. In its gilt brass mounted black leather scabbard, with elaborate engraved fitting with pierced scrolling foliate edges, top mount engraved with lictor’s rods, a trophy of arms and laurel victor’s wreath, engraved frog stud, the middle mount with a band of lictor’s rods, the chape engraved with scrolling foliage and cornucopia surrounding a classical trophy of arms, the reverse with scrolling tendrils of bell flowers.
A sword of the highest quality, unusually not signed by the maker or cutler. In fine condition, blueing faded a little on both sides, scabbard in very good condition.
(This item is registered for the ‘less than 10% by volume’ exemption to the Ivory Act 2018 and therefore we are legally allowed to sell it 2ESNK7L9 ) UK sale only - NOT FOR EXPORT.