This light infantry officer’s hanger dates to the last quarter of the 18th Century and is of a type used by both the English and the American forces during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783).
The 640mm curved blade has a wide, shallow fuller and is a shorter forerunner of the 1796 light cavalry sabre blade. The shorter blade was ideal for fighting on foot and was favoured by light infantry officers who fought as scouts and skirmishers in advance of the main army.
The broad blade (36.5mm at the ricasso) is single-edged and terminates in a double-edged hatchet point. The unetched blade is in good condition for its age, with a light speckled patina and scattered spots of shallow pitting. The blade retains a sharp fighting edge and has numerous tiny nicks consistent with use.
The white metal hilt is of typical stirrup form with a D-shaped side bar at the front. The contoured horn grip is in fair condition with two repaired (glued) cracks on the underside. The grip remains solid and strong and the blade is held firmly within the hilt and is peened through the flat capped pommel.
This is a reasonable example of a skirmishing officer’s fighting sword circa 1775.