English C.1770 Infantry Officer’s Sword

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A very fine and scarce English C.1770 Infantry Officer's Sword from the late-18th Century.  This sword has a very elegant hilt design with am oval gadrooned pommel and prominent tang button.  The incised hilt guard is of boat shell type with swollen quillon.  There are a couple of similar examples (including an American silver-hilted version) featured in George C. Neumann's, Swords and Blades of the American Revolution, pages 132 and 135.

Sword grip with copper bands and twistwire

The grip is made up of copper bands and twistwire and the knucklebow is slightly swollen and of D-Guard profile.  The plain blade has a raised median ridge and is deeply engraved with the letters, "R + L".  I would assume that this probably refers to the maker.  Condition of the sword is excellent, especially the hilt and the blade has some consequent age wear.  Blade length is 32 inches (38.5 inches overall).

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