A Fine & Rare 1822 Pattern Infantry Officers Pipe Back Sword.
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37 ½” overall with 32” slightly curved pipe back blade, double edged for the last 9" & etched on each side with the crowned GR cypher of George IV, and foliage, in a cartouche, gilt brass Gothic three bar fixed hilt with crowned GR IV cypher, sword knot slit near pommel, stepped pommel with tang button, acanthus decoration on the backpiece, fish skin grip with twisted brass wire. In its original black leather scabbard with engraved gilt brass mounts, frog stud and two later suspension rings (In 1826 sling mounts were adopted so all scabbards were fixed with loose rings).
This sword is rare as it is a very early example of the 1822 Pattern Infantry Officer’s sword, described by Brian Robson in his book “Swords of the British Army The Regulation Patterns 1788-1914 as “an elegant, even beautiful, weapon but both guard and blade are painfully weak.”