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Title Iron-mounted spadroon, Revolutionary War era
Nationality British
Period c 1770
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This would have been an officer's sword, worn by infantry, engineers and artillery units in campaigns such as the Revolutionary War of 1776-83 and those in India of the same era.

The grip of this good quality example, with gadrooned surfaces throughout, is bound with silver wire, and the iron hilt has a pleasing light grey patina. This style of decoration echoes the silver smallsword hilts of the same era, which start circa 1760.

It has a 34-inch backsword blade, almost certainly German, with fire gilt strapwork and stands of arms on both faces. There is a small patch of medium corrosion about 17 inches from the point. The small oval iron water guard at the base of the hilt has been bent back - to combat damage? There is an old,brazed repair to the knuckle bow, near the pommel. The seating of the blade would not appear to have been disturbed, viz. soiled red cloth washer at forte.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

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


The tropical belt and buckle turned up on time and I am very happy with it and it has been a pleasure doing business with you.

D F, UK, 16.03.2016

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015