British P1803 Infantry Officer’s Sabre

British P1803 Infantry Officer’s Sabre

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British P1803 Infantry Officer’s Sabre
British P1803 Infantry Officer’s Sabre
British P1803 Infantry Officer’s Sabre
British P1803 Infantry Officer’s Sabre

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Often considered the most attractive of all regulation British swords, the P1803 was in use for less than 20 years and saw extensive service in the Napoleonic Wars. Gilt brass hilt with lion head pommel; the knucklebow extending from its mouth and bearing a pierced crowned George III cypher; openwork guard and wood grip wrapped with sharkskin and twisted copper wire. Larger than usual plain curved single-edged 32 ½" blade with full-length fuller, false edge and widening toward the point. Spine of blade marked “WOOLLEY & Co”. The shape of the blade and the fact that by 1798 Woolley had taken on Thomas Deakin as a partner, indicates that this sword likely was fitted with an earlier blade from a P1796 Light Cavalry Sabre. The fighting capabilities of this blade would have been superior to the usual blades found on this pattern and surely this blade is either the original or a replacement mounted during its working life. The sword is in good condition, but shows signs of much honest use, the pommel and knucklebow being worn and retaining less than 50% of the gilding on the hilt; the original sharkskin grip wrap with several spots worn through. Blade with light pitting and age stains with dull gray patina, still retaining a sharp edge and several shallow nicks. Overall length 37 3/4". This sabre likely carried by a company level line officer and undoubtedly saw considerable service. If only it could talk!

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  • Reference #
  • SS741
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Militaria & Weapons
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • ca. 1800
  • Dimensions
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  • Condition
  • VG

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