c1796 British Infantry Officer’s Sword by Runkel Solingen


An original early example of a British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer's sword in good condition.
It has its regulation gilded brass hilt with the early rigid clam shell guard. Later variants of the 1796 Infantry sword had folding clamshells. It has the correct knuckle bow and urn shaped pommel and a quillon finial on the crossguard. The sword has a straight single-edged fullered blade bearing the ‘GR’ (George Rex) cypher under the royal crown on one side, and the Royal Coat of Arms on the other. The condition is good with a dark grey patina of age. The spine of the sword, by the hilt, is engraved with the maker’s name J.J. Runkel, Solingen. The sword grip is in wood and is missing its wire surround. The sword does not have a scabbard.
Size: 100 cm (39 3/8 inches)
Weight: 711g