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Alexander 16th September 2011 07:07 PM

Naval sword
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Dear friends. I send you a photo of the British sword. I think that it is a naval sword. Date about 1790-1800? I would like to know your opinion.
Respect, Alexander.

kronckew 16th September 2011 07:52 PM

nice 5 ball spadroon, popular naval/infantry sword around 1800 +/-

see wiki entry:

try a search here, they've popped up many times. also a lot on google...

kronckew 8th December 2017 07:45 PM

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Just acquired a similar spadroon, minus the 5 balls. ;)

I suspect the curved blade and brass guards point towards naval use. Looks like I'll need to add a brass ring for the sword knot. 62cm. Blade. These appear to be from the period 1780-1790, straight ones were used by the British infantry officers, I suspect the curved variants were more useful in the cut, and more favored by the naval officers. These were 'standardized' in 1796 and the 1796 straight infantry spadroon was widely considered a poor cutter (and a poor thruster).

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