A scarce 1803 pattern sword
A scarce 1803 pattern sword for an officer of a Light Company. The regulation blade is etched with the post 1801 Royal Arms, crowned GR, military trophies, and foliate and floral tributes, and retains considerable blued and gilt decoration. The regulation hilt and scabbard mounts of gilt brass retain nearly all their original gilding, the guard is chased with a crowned GR surmounted by a strung bugle. The knucklebow terminates with a ring for the dress knot. The grip is covered with black fish skin, and is bound with twisted copper wire. Contained in its leather scabbard. The leather is soft and floppy; there are multiple small edge nicks to the blade. See Robson, 1996, No 138 for this Light Company pattern.
Blade length 31" (78.5cms) Overall length 36" (91.5cms)