Sword with Decorative Hilt
The Highlanders’ Museum

This unusual decorative sword belonged to Charles McArthur who served as a part-time Officer of the Nairnshire Volunteers until 1808.

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.

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Date: 1822
Materials : Metal, Leather
Size : 70cm x 6cm

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