This early 1800’s Artillery Gunners short sword is one of the rarer British swords used during the Peninsular War (1807-1814), American War of 1812 and at Waterloo (1815). It is very seldom found and almost never in such good condition complete with its original scabbard.
The 635mm single edged blade is un-fullered with a spear point and false upper edge. The broad blade is 37mm wide with a 10mm thick, flat spine tapering down to 5.3mm at the beginning of the 145mm false upper edge, making it a heavy and formidable weapon.
The blade is in good condition, without tarnish or rust but does have scratches consistent with being crudely sharpened. The blade retains its fighting edge. The blades forte bears a crowned inspection stamp and the spine is engraved with the maker’s name. Osborn made the sword before the company began to trade under the name Osborn & Gunby. This allows us to date the sword to between 1800 and 1807, making it likely that it was produced in preparation for Britain’s entrance into the Peninsular War in 1808.
The brass hilt has a faceted stirrup guard and curved, balled quillon. The back strap merges into a teardrop pommel through which the tang is peened. The leather covered wooden grip is contoured and ridged. The leather remains in good condition for its age and use.
The sword is complete with its original leather scabbard with brass fittings. The brass throat is missing the frog stud. The leather is strong and the stitching intact. Both the front and rear of the scabbard are decorated with geometric lines, flowers and crosshatched diamonds.
This very rare and desirable artillery hanger will have seen service during a pivotal period of world history.