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This spadroon dates ca. 1790. Taking into account the royal cypher with a letter "C" on the grip band ["C" stands for Queen Caroline}, this elegant spadroon was worn on dress occasions by an officer of one of the following dragoon regiments - either 2nd Light Dragoons (Queen's Bays) or the 7th Light Dragoons (Queen's Own).
Its elegant and unmistakeably English in style. Steel hilt is beautifully patinated to dark grey and is surmounted by the pillow pommel. Even the little cord ring at the base of the pommel survives! This sword was built by a maker with name JOHN ..LL, as is inscribed on the blade. This can be either JOHN HILL or JOHN MOLL of the Mole family. 82 cm-long blade is decorated with the British Royal Standart, motto HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE, military and floral motifs. Blade has darkened with age, but does not have active rusr or pitting. This is a nice find for a collector of the early Napoleonic and Georgian swords alike.