Revolutionary War period English officer’s brass fighting sword
ITEM #: E-11
These short hunting swords were favored by combat officers. This one has a 26 ¾” blade stamped with the fleur-de-lis mark of an English (NOT French) blade maker. This same mark also seen on American assembled swords of the Revolutionary War period. Don Troaini’s book, Soldiers of the American Revolution, illustrates a similar hunting sword used by a young British grenadier Lieutenant who was killed at Brandywine in 1777. Much of the original green stain remains on the ivory grips, which also retain all of their original 3-strand copper twisted wire and ribbon wrap. All other mountings are brass, some of which retains original gilt.