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    Identifying British Military Sword in Portrait

    Hi all,

    After some family research (that I take no credit for) the following portrait miniature has emerged of an ancestor of mine, a certain Joseph Barnard Smith (1790-1849).

    As for the uniform, I understood he was part of the Military branch of the British East India Company. If it is possible to identify it from the portrait, I was wondering if someone among the learnéd ladies & gentlemen here might be able to identify the pattern/type of sword carried in the portrait?



    Any assistance much appreciated.
    Dear Jon,

    Please learn to parry.

    Love,

    Your Innards x

    The Exiles

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    Yes, it is an infantry officer's sword, 1822 pattern. It would have had a pipe-back blade according to the dates.

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    Many thanks Matt!
    Dear Jon,

    Please learn to parry.

    Love,

    Your Innards x

    The Exiles

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    Am I correct in understanding that what seems to be a brass scabbard would be indicative of a field rank?
    Dear Jon,

    Please learn to parry.

    Love,

    Your Innards x

    The Exiles

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