~ Circa 1812 Woolley & Co Royal Artillery Sword ~
This is quite a unique sword, it’s a Royal Artillery troopers short sword marked with the name of a Birmingham sword maker Woolley and Co.
The British Royal Artillery units were known for carrying swords as part of their standard kit, whilst manning the gun they would remove all pouches, muskets and bayonets and carry one of these short swords as a weapon and as a tool.
This is an interesting sword, it seems to me that it is neither thrust or cut focused and more of a multipurpose sword. The balance being further down the blade than a traditional thrusting sword yet the blade is straight, suggesting a thrust based system, also very heavy due to being unfullered suggesting the extra weight was wanted. What I can say is that this is a sturdy piece that could have given a powerful thrust as well as a hefty chop.
It does seem that it is modeled at least in part from the Napoleonic infantry sword of the period.
It is single edged (technically a backsword) and has no fuller.
The makers mark can be seen on the back edge of the sword.
It uses a peened construction method.
~ Dimensions ~
The sword overall, measures 33 inches (83 cm).
The blade is 28 inches long (71 cm).
The guard is 4 inches from front to back (10 cm).
The guard is 5.5 inches from top to bottom (14 cm).
The sword weighs 1.01 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The blade has gained a patina, some minor pitting and has a few spots of rust by the guard, there is one nick on the edge of the blade and some small nicks to the tip.
The brass guard has tarnished but otherwise is in good shape.
The wood of the handle has a chip missing and has worn smooth.
The construction has come slightly loose with a little wobble to the handle and guard.
~ Posage ~
UK postage is £20 or it can be collected from our Portsmouth shop.