1796 Pattern British Infantry Officer Sword with silver grip, folding guard and decorated blade. Standardized smallsword of the British officers used in Napoleonic wars.
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When the British Army standardized the swords to be carried by infantry officers in 1796 this is the sword they settled on; a spadroon-like cut-and-thrust sword with simple, but elegant Georgian styling that hearkened back to the Smallswords carried by gentlemen in earlier times. In just four years following, the blade was at the hip of practically all British Line Infantry Officers. Regardless of the standardization of form, the blades varied in their width and in their engraved decoration.
The officer sword has a blade of unsharpened, tempered high carbon steel. Both sides of the blade feature the embossed cyper of the British Crown surmounted extensively by royal devices and floral motifs. It has a hilt of brass and a grip wrapped in copper wire that is plated with silver. Half of the guard is hinged and folds for ease of carry at the hip. The scabbard is of leather with brass accents.
Steel: Tempered EN9 High Carbon Steel.
Overall Length: 36 7/8".
Blade: 31 3/8".
P.O.B.: 7 1/8".
Grip Length: 3 3/8".
Weight: 1 lb 11.5 oz.
British military swords and sabers.