A 1788 Dragoon Officers Backsword. 40" overall, 33" slightly curved blade with wide fuller stamped Crown over 3 inspectors mark and engraved ‘Hadley’ on back edge. Wrought iron hilt with reeded bow and flat bars, faceted oval pommel, twisted wooden grip with ferrules and original grey fish skin cover and triple twisted steel wire. Circa 1790
A rare sword in good condition, lacks scabbard.
Thomas Hadley sword cutler Birmingham 1766-1784.
See ‘The British Cavalry Sword 1788-1912’ by R. Dellar page 22 for a similar example.