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5 ball hilt Spadroon- post Revolutionary War Sword - with original scabbard For Sale
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5 ball hilt Spadroon- post Revolutionary War Sword - with original scabbard:
5 ball Spadroon - post Revolutionary War Sword - with original scabbard.
The sword blade was made by Henry Osborn of Birmingham England as noted by the Serif script G marking on the ricassio at the base of the blade. This particular mark was used by Osborne from1785 to 1807, at which time he partnered with George Gumby and the mark became a double G in the sans serif script. The mark remained this way until 1821 when he began to work independently until his death in 1833. This particular sword is based upon the British 1786 Regulation Infantry sword also referred to as the spadroon. Based upon the G stamp it places the date of manufacture between 1785 and 1807. A further attempt to narrow down the date of manufacture can be done through the etching found on the blade. This sword was made for the American market as evidence d by the federal eagle etched on the blade. At this time I do not have evidence to prove the etching was done after it was imported I am strongly convinced it was done in New York by the Upson and Co. When we look at the shield we can see that there are 16 stars versus the typical 13. While it could be said that this was a mistake it is more likely that it was intentional after the acceptance of Tennessee as the 16th state in 1796. A 17th star would have been added in 1803 after the acceptance of Ohio. Hence we can put the sword’s manufacture date sometime between 1796 and 1803. As we examine the etching further we can see several military motifs and scroll work. Extremely similar designs are seen on swords imported by the merchant Richards Upson & Co. Though this sword is not marked by the retailer. What we do see is the word warranted. This shows that while the sword was not inspected by the Army for official use it was tested to the same standards. The army and navy did not provide swords to officers as they had to be purchased by the officer privately. Meaning that they could end up with an inferior sword. Osborn tested all his swords to the standard as he was one of the ones that created the standard adopted by the military. This ensured that the officer was buying a superior sword. The handle appears to be ivory or bone and the small sword knot ring typically denotes a naval sword though the fact that there is no other evidence of naval motifs it’s quite possible that it was used by an infantry officer. An excellent piece with the original scabbard. The scabbard tip does show minor damage and the sword tip can be seen slightly when placed in the scabbard.
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