Sword with Decorative Hilt
The Highlanders’ Museum
This sword is an 1822 Pattern Light Infantry Officer’s sword. The curved bars of the hilt and guard were designed to be reminiscent of Gothic architecture. As a highly decorative weapon, it was generally considered to be mediocre fighting sword.
Even as a volunteer, McArthur served abroad during the Peninsula War in Spain and Portugal, part of the Napoleonic Wars of the early nineteenth century. This was when Napoleon was expanding the French empire across Europe.