1770's Cavalry Officers Sword, Slotted Hilt

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Will
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1770's Cavalry Officers Sword, Slotted Hilt

Post by Will » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:51 am

An interesting cavalry officers slotted hilt sword with two bars each side and bum pommel. Impressive double fullered 39 inch blade.
In the past I've seen a officers portrait with a similar hilt but cannot find one now!
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Re: 1770's Cavalry Officers Sword, Slotted Hilt

Post by Bryce » Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:45 am

G'day Will,
That is a "beast" of a sword. The hilt looks to be in wonderful condition. Do you think it is a heavy cavalry officer's sword of the 1760-88 period?
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Bryce

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Re: 1770's Cavalry Officers Sword, Slotted Hilt

Post by Will » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:21 am

Bryce I would think so, possibly HHC or Grenadiers in view of the long blade but it remains to be seen. I'm still googling for portraits though google skills not the best.. I think the blade fullering type dates it to the earlier side of the dating.

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Re: 1770's Cavalry Officers Sword, Slotted Hilt

Post by Will » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:09 am

American Swords book has a HC officer sword circ 1755 and very similar curving bars. Bezdek pg. 283 has an English dragoon backsword circ 1755 with the same hilt construction (guard ring around rear of grip) and same fullering on the blade. I found one mid 1700's basket hilt with the same type fullering with the narrow fuller beginning at the guard and larger fuller beginning approx. 8 inches from the guard.

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Re: 1770's Cavalry Officers Sword, Slotted Hilt

Post by Bryce » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:50 pm

G'day Will,
The Royal Collection includes a series of paintings showing the 4th troop of horse guards performing various manual exercises C. 1740.
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Bryce
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Re: 1770's Cavalry Officers Sword, Slotted Hilt

Post by Will » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:51 am

Bryce I appreciate the picture, an interesting portrait but I've looked at other portraits and seems this is a traditional type basket hilt though rendered somewhat loosely.
I'm looking through the Royal Collection Trust , lots of basket hilts and LC swords.

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Re: 1770's Cavalry Officers Sword, Slotted Hilt

Post by Richard » Thu May 02, 2019 11:02 am

Will wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:51 am
An interesting cavalry officers slotted hilt sword with two bars each side and bum pommel. Impressive double fullered 39 inch blade.
In the past I've seen a officers portrait with a similar hilt but cannot find one now!
Will

Another of these is coming up in Bonhams next sale on 23 May (lot 66)

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Re: 1770's Cavalry Officers Sword, Slotted Hilt

Post by Will » Thu May 02, 2019 4:14 pm

Thanks for that Richard. Quite similar in design. The sword dates the style and who used them with it being regimentally marked.

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