Spadroons & Spadrooners – With special guest Nick Thomas (AHF)
Let’s talk about this important and iconic 18th and 19th century military sword, used extensively in the Napoleonic Wars.
Captain Alexander McInnes, 2nd Life Guards
McInnes served in the Peninsular War (1808–1814) under Wellington. He wears the uniform of the élite Life Guards, one of the two household regiments that acted as the personal bodyguards of the King. The accoutrements of the uniform are not only decorative, but also symbolic, which was necessary in an era before rank badges were worn. For example the gold ropes, or aiguillettes, attached to McInnes’s sash allowed his rank to be identified at a glance.
In fact, the uniform worn in this painting is virtually identical to that still worn by the Life Guards when on royal ceremonial duties.
In addition to his piercing eyes, McInnes is armed with a Pattern 1814 Household Cavalry Officer’s Dress Sword.
British Non-Regulation Officer’s Sword with Presentation Inscription
83.5 cm slightly curved unfullered blade double edged towards the point, proved by Wilkinson, Pall Mall, and etched with presentation inscription within two scrolls, regulation steel honeysuckle hilt, with squared wire bound fish skin covered grip, with leather finger loop at the base, in its leather scabbard with large steel chape, and complete with sword knot of leather strap and acorn, old calling card of Lady Rawlinson attached states ‘Sabre worn when in command of Methuen’s Horse, Bechuana Land, 1884/5.
Just hanging out with a sword, as one does.
A sneak peek at a new e-book, British Infantry Swords of the Napoleonic Era, by Nick Thomas of the Academy of Historical Fencing.
British Pattern 1892 Infantry Officer’s Presentation Sword
A Good Victorian Officer’s Presentation Sword
83.5 cm blade by J & B Pearse & Co, Hart St. Covent Garden London, etched with foliate scrolls, crowned VR cypher, a slung bugle horn and presentation inscription, gilt gothic hilt deeply cast overall with scrolls, oak leaves and acorns and incorporating the Royal cypher, wire bound fish skin grip, in its engraved steel scabbard with ornate gilt cast with foliage, two suspension rings.
British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword
A 1796 light cavalry style sword with a very intimidating blade.