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Title 2nd troop (Scots) Horse Grenadier Guards sword
Nationality British
Period c 1750
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The 2nd, or Scots, troop of HGG was originally raised in 1678, disbanded in 1680, revived in 1684, and finally absorbed into the 2nd Life Guards in 1788. The sword is illustrated in one of the Morier paintings at Buckingham Palace on a soldier of this regiment. The swords may well have been carried by the regiment at Dettingen and Fontenoy.

The blade is a fine early 18th-century Venetian one, probably from Belluno, although without maker's marks, with double fullers and 33.5 inches long. The grip is original fishskin with brass Turks heads, although the spiral brass wire is missing. The ironwork of the hilt is in magnificent shape and includes some striations on the inner side of the guard, something the fakers have never managed to reproduce.

It has a scabbard that appears to be contemporary, though it is missing the bottom mount. There is also evidence of the former presence of an old ring mount half way down the scabbard mount. Equally, it could be an old repair patching.

There is some medium to severe pitting to the last ten inches of the blade, rather worse down at the point. There is also a nick out of the blade near the point. Otherwise, the piece is in excellent shape for its age.

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[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 18th Century]

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