AN UNUSUAL SWORD FOR AN OFFICER OF THE 43RD REGIMENT OF FOOT (MONMOUTHSHIRE) OF 'PATTERN 1822' TYPE
WELLINGTON, THE NAPOLEONIC WARS AND WATERLOO, a commemoration in the 200th anniversary year of the battle of Waterloo (Lots 1-50)
AN UNUSUAL SWORD FOR AN OFFICER OF THE 43RD REGIMENT OF FOOT (MONMOUTHSHIRE) OF 'PATTERN 1822' TYPE

OSBORN, BIRMINGHAM, CIRCA 1822-30

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AN UNUSUAL SWORD FOR AN OFFICER OF THE 43RD REGIMENT OF FOOT (MONMOUTHSHIRE) OF 'PATTERN 1822' TYPE
OSBORN, BIRMINGHAM, CIRCA 1822-30
With 32 ½ in. (82.5 cm.) pipe-back blade etched with 'GRIV' cypher, brass stirrup-hilt, wire-bound rayskin-covered grip, and steel scabbard

Lot Essay

The 43rd (Monmouthshire) were designated as a light infantry regiment and joined the 52nd and 95th Rifles in forming the Light Brigade. The regiment fought at Copenhagen, saw extensive service during the Peninsular War including Vimeriro, Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz, and formed part of the expeditionary force to America in 1814. It arrived back in Europe too late to take part in the Battle of Waterloo although a number of the officers were present including Lord FitzRoy Somerset who served on Wellington's staff. The 43rd went on to form part of the allied Army of Occupation from 1815 until 1818.
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