As served through the Napoleonic Wars. Brass hilt with “boat” form guard retaining some heavy gold in protected areas. Brass wire wrapped grip, originally gilt. 32” flattened diamond section blade with gold inlaid crowned cipher of Leopold II each side. Blade dark with minor edge nicks and some pitting to the point. While not adopted officially in England until 1814, the boat form guard (named after a sauce or gravy boat) was popular, particularly on smallswords from mid-18th century on. Leopold died in 1790, by some accounts, murdered by poisoning. Rare example.

Stock Number: FNS4891

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