A 1796 pattern infantry officer’s sword
A 1796 pattern infantry officer’s sword of Lieutenant Peter Atkinson of the Ouze and Derwent Infantry. The blade is etched and gilt with the crowned GR cypher, 1801-1816 Royal Arms, “Warranted” within a banner, military trophy and foliate devices, and along the back edge the maker’s Woolley & Deakin. The regulation gilt brass hilt retains nearly all its original gilding, the folding sideguard is engraved with the regimental initials O.D.V. and the owner’s initials P.A,, the grip is covered with sheet silver embossed in imitation of twisted silver wire. The pommel button and the scabbard are old replacements, the blade has areas of pitting
Blade length 31¾” (81cms) Overall length 38½” (97.5cms)
The Ouze and Derwent Infantry (Volunteers) numbered 801 in 1804, and 1296 in 1806. It was commanded by Lt Col Richard Thompson, and Peter Atkinson was commissioned as Lieutenant 5th September 1803.For an account of the makers see “New Light on the partnership of James Woolley and Thomas Deakin” Philip Lankester in Arms & Armour Vol 1 No 2 2004, Journal of the Royal Armouries.