Original British P-1803 Named Officer Sword Carried at Battle of Waterloo June 1815
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is an extremely interesting British P-1803 Officer's sword that belonged to a British Officer who fell at Waterloo in 1815.
Heavily curved blade with traces of engraving mounted on a gilt brass hilt incorporating a Crown over G.R. cypher with lion's head pommel. Only slight traces of the gilding remaining the sharkskin grip still retains original braided wire binding. The curved blade slightly out of skew perhaps damage caused during the battle. The blade is 27" in length and the sword 33" overall.
On the left side of the blade there is an old brass plaque the in engraved:
40TH REGT OF FOOT
Who fell at WATERLOO
his sword being returned to his family
by CAPT. JOHN BARNETT
a fellow Officer of the Regiment.
In Charles Dalton"s terrific work "WATERLOO ROLL CALL" page 155 we know Captain Fisher had his head blown off by a cannon ball whilst in square while standing near the Colors. Very possibly this is what put the blade out of alignment. Captain Fisher had joined the Regiment
on September 19th, 1811 and from the same publication we know that Captain John Henry Barnett, his fellow Officer had joined on June 13th 1811, and that he continued to serve until 1830.
A fascinating story for a most attractive sword from Waterloo. This was acquired from a private collection. Alas, there is not supporting documentation, but the sword is certainly true to the period and would have carried by an officer at the time, the plaque itself is old and has been set for some time. Based on those factors and with the knowledge of the collector from whom this came we offer this piece believing it to be legitimate.
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