The cavalry officer’s sword
Scottish Weapons, Military Swords
The cavalry officer’s sword of Sir William Forbes (7th Baronet) of Pitsligo, Scotland c 1800. The blade is etched with the crest and motto of Sir William, together with the crest and motto of his unit of Yeomanry Cavalry. The back edge is etched “J.J. Runkel Solingen”. Polished steel stirrup hilt with facetted gripstrap and ferrule, silver wire bound sharkskin grip, retaining its original white buckskin dress knot. Contained in a contemporary leather scabbard with fine gilt copper mounts, the locket is signed R. Johnston late Bland & Foster Sword Cutler & Belt Maker to His Majesty 68 St James’s Strt London. Provenance: Both the sword and scabbard are from Fettercairn House, Kincardineshire, Scotland. See also items 232 for Sir William’s pistols, and 425 for a trooper’s sword of his Yeomanry Cavalry. Photocopy research papers are available to the purchaser.
Blade length 31¼” (79cms) Overall length 36” (91.5cms)
For his cased flintlock pistols, see Item 232.