British 1803 Type Hon. East India Company Light Infantry Officer's Sword ,
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British 1803 Type Hon. East India Company Light Infantry Officer's Sword , :
This is a beautiful British Sword of the Honourable East India Company, probably dating from around 1815. It is essentially the pattern of 1803 as used by Light Infantry Officers, although the hilt is also very similar to the Naval pattern of 1805. However, the extremely curved blade suggests light infantry. I would guess that this was the sword of an officer of light infantry, although it could have belonged to a Naval officer.
DESCRIPTION: The sword has a brass mounted hilt that is heavily gilded, with much of the original gilding surviving. It has a "reverse P" knuckle bow, with shield shaped langets that bear the rampant lion crest of the Honourable East India Company in rather high relief. The pommel is a very well sculpted lion or tiger's head, somewhat unusual in that it has an open mouth full of teeth. The back of the head is unusual, too. The hair turns into a stylized shell, bordered with an engraved braided design. The ferrule is heavily cast with what appear to be grape vines, flowers, and pine cones. The grip is rayskin, with triple wire wrap. It is in very good condition, with a couple of very small patches that show some wear from use. It is a dark blue-gray in color. The blade is extremely curved- a scimitar shape. It has no fullers. Half of the blade is bright, the other blued with engraved and gold inlaid designs. A crown over GR are visible on one side, below the coat of arms of the Honourable Company. The other side has the rampant lion crest of the Honourable Company, as well as a rampant lion. The sword is 32 1/4 inches long. The blade is 27 inches long.
CONDITION: The hilt is in excellent condition. I would estimate that it retains about 50% of the original gilding. The casting and engraving are exceptional, truly of the highest quality. The blade is superbly balanced, but has some patches of heavy pitting along the edge and back of the blade by the forte, and one patch near the hilt on both sides. The blue is faded, but still visible. The engraving is hard to see in a few spots, but ultimately visible. The hilt and blade are tight. The blade is straight, and beautifully balanced for a weapon made for slashing. I cannot find a maker's name. but this is truly an exceptional quality sword.
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