A Rare 1786 Pattern Five Ball Hilted Spadroon to the 7th Foot.
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39” overall, 32 ½” straight single edged blade with one fuller deeply engraved on both sides with pre 1800 Royal coat of arms. Fluted ebony grip with brass cigar band engraved ‘7th Foot Royal Fusiliers’ .Cushion pommel, D shaped knuckle bow. Gilt brass mounted scabbard with frog hook.
In quite good condition, some gilt remaining, minor staining to blade, scabbard leather may be an old replacement.
This sword conforms to the 1786 pattern, (The pattern was formalising an established practice) but may be earlier as Officers serving in America gave up their spontoons and furnished themselves with swords as they were a far more practical weapon in an informal war. The 7th served thought out the colonies in the America Rebellion.
See Robson Swords of the British Army pages 144-5