Pattern 1803 British Officer's Sword with Lion Pommel

28.25" curved, single-edged, unfullered blade, 1.25" wide at ricasso. 5" brass, lion pommel hilt with openwork gilt brass guard, with the Royal cypher of George III in the knuckle bow. Grooved wood grip with substantial palm swell with shagreen covering and 7 wraps of multi-strand wire. Lanyard ring at rear of hilt. Blade with engraved foliate, martial and patriotic motifs as well as the royal cypher, with gold highlights. Leather throat washer. Brass mounted leather scabbard with two hanging rings. Reverse of upper mount engraved in an oval: Goldney, Late Neild, St. James St., Sword Cutler to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. Thomas & Samuel Goldney worked as sword cutlers at this address, ca 1791-1809, having previously been partnered with James Neild ca 1794-1795, placing this sword in the 1796-1809 time frame.


Good to very good. Blade cleaned to bright, with scattered surface oxidation and discoloration and some lightly scattered pitting. Engraving clear, with traces of gold gilt. Hilt very good with some gilt remaining, grip with light wear. Blade to grip junction solid but guard is loose. Scabbard good with some crazing and finish loss, mounts a dull ocher patina, leather somewhat weak and should be handled carefully. Upper mount loose, some stitching loss near throat.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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