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Grenadier Guards Flank Officer's Sword, 1803
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Grenadier Guards Flank Officer's Sword, 1803

Measurements: Overall: 91.5cm (36in)

£2500

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Curved bright blade (70cm (30in) etched with scrolling foliage, crowned GR cypher, the Royal Arms and the legend GRENADIER GUARDS to one side, regulation copper gilt hilt incorporating a crowned GR cypher, lion's head pommel wire bound fishskin grip. contained in its copper mounted leather scabbard, the throat engraved with the maker's name ‘Prosser / Charing Cross / London’.

The 1st Foot Guards gained the name 'Grenadier' in July 1815 by Royal Proclamation in recognition of the part the regiment played in defeating Grenadiers of the French Garde Impériale at Waterloo.

The development of the Pattern 1803 Flank Officer's sword originates with formation of grenadier and light companies in the late 18th century. These were considered the elite of both the Foot Guards and line infantry, and could be detached and deployed separately as skirmishers. The grenadier company was the senior company of any infantry battalion and would typically lead an assault. When the battalion was deployed in line, the grenadier and light companies were deployed on the right and left flanks respectively, and both companies could be could be called upon to operate in looser formations and semi-independently. The added element of risk associated with detached skirmishing in looser formations meant that the officers of these companies needed a more robust fighting sword than the straight 1796 pattern.

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