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BRITISH 1822 INFANTRY OFFICER'S SWORD WILLIAM IV PERIOD
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This British 1822 Pattern infantry officer's sword was made in the London workshop of the famed English cutler John Prosser Sr. The sword is housed in its original steel scabbard, indicating that it belonged to a line infantry regiment adjutant officer. Steel scabbards for the line infantry adjutants were prescribed by the 30 April 1832 Adjutant-General Circular Memorandum. They were abolished in the 1834 Dress Regulations, dating this sword (or at least the scabbard) between those 2 years.
The blade is 32.5" long, etched (now faint) on both sides of the ricasso -

PROSSER
MAKER TO THE KING
AND THE ROYAL FAMILY
9 CHARING CROSS
LONDON

The blade's foible is intricately etched with a crowned William IV monogram and decorations.
The pipe-back blade terminates in quill point, and has mild to moderate pitting at the foible and point. There are several nicks on the fighting edge of the blade.
The hilt is in wonderful condition, with nice patina, and is nice and tight. The sharkskin-covered grip is also in wonderful condition.
A very good British line infantry regimental adjutant's 1822 Pattern sword from the cutler and bladesmith who probably had invented this pattern of sword for George IV, with whom he had been associated since the early 1800s until the latter's death.




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