British Pattern 1786 Infantry Officer’s Spadroon
The Bucks Militia Officer’s Spadroon, c.1790-1803, the 82cm straight blade with single full length fuller, engraved with the Royal Crest and crowned ‘GR’ cypher, trophy of arms and floral swags. Gilt metal cross guard incorporating a pierced lozenge, ‘D’ shaped hand guard, reeded ivory hand grip with central gilt metal band featuring oval cartouches on both sides, the obverse displays the crowned Garter Proper with central ‘GR’ cypher, the obverse with crowned Garter Proper enclosing ‘Bucks’. Together with its black leather scabbard, this with three chapes, the reverse of the top one engraved, ‘Johnston’s Sword Cutlers 8 Newcastle Str. Strand London’.
The 1786 regulation applied only to the blade, and not the hilt. Therefore there are a wide variety of hilts found on 1786 pattern blades.