A good 1796 pattern Infantry officer’s sword
A good 1796 pattern Infantry officer’s sword by John Gill (worked 1803-1817). The regulation blade is etched “JOHN GILL’S WARRANTED” within foliate banners, together with the Royal Arms (1801-16), crowned GR cypher, trophy of arms and foliate ornaments, and retains much original blued and gilt decoration. The regulation gilt brass hilt retains virtually all its original bright fire gilt finish, and is fitted with a swivel catch to retain the folding side guard in the deployed position. The grip is bound with twisted silver wire. The blade has a little pitting.
Blade length 32” (82cms) Overall length 38½” (98cms)
John Gill ran the Birmingham operations for the family concern which was based in London. For a good account of the Gill’s business see L. Southwick “London Silver Hilted Swords”, Royal Armouries 2001 pp 116-118.