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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]


Dear Chris, truncheon arrived safe and sound yesterday... what a beauty! I look forward to our next transaction.

C C, Australia, 18.09.2012

Pickers and chains arrived this morning and are great!

M T, UK, 15.08.2009