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This scarce British bugler's or drummer's fighting saber dates to the early 19th century. The shape of the back-piece, pommel and the grip are reminiscent of the 1803 pattern infantry officer's sword, and it is plausible that this particular sword dates to the same time frame. The hilt is massive, with a gigantic lion's head pommel, done in fine detail. The re-curved guard features a very angry lion's head in relief on the langet.
T fighting-quality blade is plain, 65 cm long, 3.5 cm wide, with several period battle nicks on the business end.
Buglers, fifers and drummers were always at the front of the British lines in battles of the time, and the death rate among them was significant. They were often considered particularly brave by their fellow-soldiers. Understandably, swords associated with them are quite scarce.