Original British Napoleonic P-1796 Infantry Officer's Saber - Named to Waterloo Soldier and Maker Marked
Original Item: One of a Kind. This is really a great sword, with great history! It is clearly a family sword, utilizing an older early 18th Century blade of 32 1/2 inches in length, with three narrow fullers on each side. The blade is unsigned but of great quality. The stirrup-style hilt guard is heavily Gilt brass with most of the gilding remaining, fitted with Sharkskin grip, secured by triple stranded copper interwoven wires. Overall length of the sword is approximately 37 inches.
The scabbard is substantial leather mounted with similar Gilt brass mounts, and bears the Sword Maker's name of:
Across the rear of the scabbard's top mount directly below the Maker's information it is engraved with the Owner's name:-
Lt. SEMPRONIUS STRETTON
From a prominent Somerset County family, Sempronius Stretton enlisted in the 40TH REGIMENT OF FOOT (2ND SOMERSET REGIMENT) on September 11th 1806, and joined General Arthur Wellesley in the Peninsular War, taking part in the battles of Vittoria, Pampeluna, Roncevalles, Nivelle, Bayonne, Nive, Orthes and Toulouse. He was also at Waterloo with Wellesley, now the Duke of Wellington. He became a Lieutenant Colonel June 21st 1817 and retired in 1824 and died in 1842.
An interesting high quality Sword belonging to a career solder who saw much action, including The Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Ready to Display!
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