Sword of Richard Leyne of the 2nd 73rd Regiment.

Stock Code: X1476

Sword of Richard Leyne of the 2nd 73rd Regiment. 36 ½” overall with 32” curved blue and gilt blade with single fuller. Decorated with turks head, man in the moon and other mythical devices. Gilt brass stirrup hilt, engraved on the langets ‘RL’ on one side and ‘73’ on the other, with ivory grip with twisted gilt wire. Sword in well used condition with numerous defensive marks to the stirrup guard and quillen

. Richard Leyne (born 1790) commissioned into the 73rd regiment 2nd February, 1809 from the Kerry Militia. Served in Sydney, New South Wales, 28th Dec 1809 before leaving Australia in July of 1813.

Served in the Waterloo campaign as a supernumerary officer in the 2nd Battallion. Towards the close of the action at Waterloo with all his senior officers dead or wounded he found himself in command of the regiment. At the close of the battle out of 23 officers, 7 were killed and 15 were wounded, and of the other ranks there were 333 casualties out of 515. He continued to command the regiment until they were in Paris. The 2/73rd at Waterloo by Alen Lagden and John Sly, pp. 27 An attractive and historic sword in worn condition; hilt deformed and cracked and missing scabbard however ivory grip good.

Circa 1808.

Comes with some background research.

Swords of the British Army by Bran Robson 1st ed. Ch 8, pp. 124

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