Made for one of the private militias raised to support the King against Napoleon during the Napoleonic Wars. Iron head with flared base and sharply angled leading edge on rectangular blade. Separate conical base ferrule and original wood haft. The hafts of all of these are hand shaped, not lathe turned, indicating manufacture on the original estate, including finishing over minor imperfections, of unseasoned wood resulting in minor warping, under extreme pressure of war. The hafts with khaki wool tassels applied in the Victorian period when these were carried at military exercises (tattoos) and displayed as military trophies in the manor house of the militia’s patron. Numerous examples of weapon patterns unique to British militias exist including those at Thoresby Hall for the militia raised by the Pierreponts in 1802 and the pikes which armed the Strathspey Fencibles in 1794-98. Militia sword pattern are so numerous that they have never been cataloged. This example is 75 5/8" length. The haft with bruises from service and good aging
Item ID: A7633

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