This sword is from a group studied by A. V. B. Norman which is believed have been made for Life Guard Officers. A closely related example, property of the Queen, is at Windsor Castle, No.760. It was made by John Bland dating it to 1768-87. This example is made by Bland & Foster, successors to John Bland, 1788-91, dating this sword in that three year interval. It is accompanied by its original scabbard bearing the name and London address of that esteemed maker. The Life Guards were reorganized in 1788 into the 1st and 2nd Regiments of Life Guards and it is likely that the reorganization, resulted in one or more commissions creating the need for this sword. The Life Guards were a part of the Household Cavalry, the most elite of military units which served the King (George III in this instance) personally. They also distinguished themselves in battle including as part of the Household Brigade at Waterloo. The precise dating of this example almost conclusively places it at that historic event. 27 1/4" length blade.