War of 1812 American Silver Hilt With Pillow Pommel

Our Price: $1950

This fine pre-War of 1812 spadroon is featured in Fig. 142 on page 72 of "Silver Mounted Swords: The Lattimer Family Collection" by Daniel D. Hartzler. The straight tapered blade has a wide single fuller on each side. Both sides feature a 13 - 1/2" blued panel with engraved and gilded designs. The right side displays a liberty cap and stands of arms, as well as a banner that reads "R. Boulton/ & Co." and the ricasso is stamped with a large "G" for Gill, a well known English blade maker. The left side has a patriotic eagle with an "E. Pluribus Enum" banner in its mouth, as well as other foliate motifs.

Richard Boulton & Company worked between 1805 and 1811 in Birmingham England. The solid silver hilt has a counter guard with a pierced diamond in the center on the right hand side. There are three silver hallmarks, as well as the number "35" stamped on the front of the guard around the blade. The faceted pillow pommel is of the early style and there is a ring on the guard just below where it meets the pommel. The ivory grip is reeded, and there is a silver ferrule at the base.

Blade retains about 30-40% of its original blued and polished surfaces with the remainder flaked and turned to grey. Blade retains about 70-80% of gilt wash on designs. There are some scattered nicks to the cutting edge. Hilt is somewhat loose, and knucklebow is slightly bent. A brass washer has been added around the tang at the top of the pommel. Silver is polished bright, with some darker areas. Grip shows some minor cracks and chips.

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