Cavalry Sword

  • Dated: 1765-85
  • Culture: British
  • Medium and techniques: wood, ray skin, silver, gilt, foil, wire, leather, blued steel/etched, burnished
  • Measurements: overall length 105.15 cm; blade length 889.7 cm
  • Provenance: the Carlton House Catalogue records that “this sword was worn by the Marquis of Granby at the Battle of Minden”

The sword features a burnished steel hilt with a ribbed pommel. The barrel-shaped spiral wooden grip is covered with white rayskin and silver gilt foil. The two-edged blade-gilt panel display floral trellis, blued panel gold edge and with three fleur-de-lys, inscriptions, and on the inner face a crowned G R III.

Source: Copyright © 2015 Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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