Pair of British Officers’ Spadroons, 1797
Nick Thomas states;
An interesting pair as their hilts are of identical form, hallmarked silver hilts made in London only three years apart. Blades of similar type, but different thickness and length. I bet there is a story to them that has been lost, owned by two relatives, or two friends in the same unit. (Unit regs stipulated at the time that all officers had to have matching swords in a Regiment). Something like that.
The blade lengths are 81.5cm, silver hilt hallmarks for London 1794 and 1797, reeded ivory grip and square pommel, 91cm and 94.5cm long overall. The 1797 date is interested, being after the new 1796 double shell pattern. Perhaps made for a volunteer unit.