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Thread: Gill Early Sword markings, Has Anyone Seen Similar?

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    Gill Early Sword markings, Has Anyone Seen Similar?

    This is an early Gill 1821p cavalry troopers sword. Marking on the guard is a strange looking "B"? On the blade spine is a cross mark.
    The scabbard is marked GILL in small lettering 1/16" high.
    Has anyone seen similar markings?
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    Can’t help with the ‘B’ Will, but the + on the spine is interesting as well as the offset rivet through the ‘ear’. Is this one you’ve shown us before? I’m thinking Elizabeth Gill..

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    Hi Ben yes some time ago. I thought possibly other similar swords may have come to light. It has the large lyre shaped shoe/drag. The pin hole was drilled at an angle, few are perfect but this one possibly made on a Monday? The blade retains most of its original polish.
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    Hi,
    This is not a Gill P1821LC but an Osborn of mine from the same time frame for comparison.
    Regards,
    Norman.
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    Thanks Norman. Though the back strap differs in some detail where the thumb rests, the blade ricasso is virtually identical with the grind going past the stopped fuller.
    I looked at the "B" again and see that the top and bottom half have round circles and not semi circles so possibly not a letter but a marking?
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