An extremely fine 1796 pattern British infantry officers sword of the Napoleonic period. The 32 inch single edged blade still retaining most of its original blue and gilt decoration. The gilt brass hilt with a silver wire bound grip. Complete with its original black leather scabbard with matching gilt brass mounts. The hilt retains much of its original gilt. The black leather scabbard in very good untouched condition. This sword would have been carried by an infantry officer during the period of the Napoleonic wars Circa 1790-1815 and could quite possibly have been carried during the battle of Waterloo. Very slight damage to the bottom of the silver wire grip. Overall length 39 inches. A rare sword in superb condition. Ref 8256.
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on 18 June 1815 between the French Army led by Napoleon Bonaparte and a coalition led by the Duke of Wellington for Great Britain, & Marshal Blücher of Germany. The decisive battle of its age, it concluded the Napoleonic wars that had raged for 23 years, it ended all French attempts to dominate Europe, and destroyed Napoleon's imperial power forever.
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