Presented is a style of sword that
found favor, for a very brief 30 year period between 1790 and 1820 with Naval and military officers in England,
France and America before regulation swords became prevalent. The straight, cut and thrust Spadroon’s, single edge blade
measures 32 1/2 inches in length, 38 1/4″ overall, making it likely for a mounted officer. It is 1
1/8″ wide, 1/4″ thick, with a 3/4″ fuller that runs almost to the spear point tip. It has the highly desirable
and scarce 5 ball cross guard and 5 ball knuckle guard bronze hilt with reeded cattle bone grip.
The name of Richards Upson, New York is imprinted
within a scroll on the obverse, and on the reverse there is a spread U.S. Federal eagle with shield which
is marked E. Pluribus Unum in a banner definitely making this sword for use in America. Other engraved
embellishments covering the first 12 1/2 inches, front and back, include a flag on staff and quiver of arrows and numerous
Richards Upson operated at 145 Pearl St. in New York City
from 1808-1816, and were well known arms merchants during this limited period which dates this sword.
CONDITION: The sword is in remarkable condition with excellent engraving
on the blade and a magnificent and complete 5 ball hilt with reeded bone grip. The engraving is sharp and legible. The
blade has varying shades of grey with darker splotches of age along its length. There is very minor pitting, but only along
a few places on its upper and lower edge. There is no evidence of bluing or gold wash remaining. The pillow tang stands proud
and is secured by a round nut. All the sword’s fittings are tight. There
is no scabbard.
PROVENANCE: This type of
weapon, which was highly popular for a limited 30 year period beginning in 1790 by military and naval officers in England,
France and the United States. It is well documented in various sword collecting books such as Bill Bezdek’s,
“American Swords & Sword Makers“ with photos on page 291, and arms-maker, Richards Upson, is
listed on page 142.
Peter Tuite in his “U.S. Naval Officer’s, Their Swords and Dirks” devotes 9
pages starting on page 18 of 5 Ball swords with Pillow Pommels of this type.
published, in limited edition, with much greater detailed analysis, of all types of edged weapons, with numerous examples
of this style sword, is Comfort’s “Naval Swords & Dirks” a two volume set of which we are a
U.S. distributor. Click here! https://landandseacollection.com/id541.html
Hilt 5 3/8″ x 3/4″ W x 1/2″ T Blade 32 1/2“
1 lb 9 oz
Pillow Pommel tang and nut. Reeded bone grip
This is a are example
of an early American Spadroon which is worthy of a serious collector who is looking for something special
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