I dug this sword guard while I was metal detecting at a Revolutionary War site. I have been researching for days and asking for assistance on other forums but I have not had any success. I would like to identify this sword guard.enter image description here

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I would like to know who made it and which side.

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    In what way would you want to identify it? Whom did it belong to? Who made it ? Which side was it? Please specify
    – Rohit
    May 3, 2015 at 16:37
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    That looks suspiciously like George III in profile in the middle picture. I would also doubt that this would have been a standard issue. What site was it recovered from? There might be some hints there.
    – Comintern
    May 3, 2015 at 18:51
  • I would like to know who made it and which side......Thanks
    – lowcountry
    May 4, 2015 at 23:16
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    more details would indeed be needed. Where was it found, what else around it that can help date the artifact, things like that.
    – jwenting
    May 15, 2015 at 5:57
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    And questions like this are the exact reason why the digging up of old artefacts should be left to archaeologists instead of treasure hunters. Location, site and exact situation of the find are crucial, and this information is now in large parts lost... What remains is not a piece of history, but an old, oxidised lump of metal.
    – fgysin
    Apr 7, 2021 at 11:53

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It certainly looks like the hand guard of a British saber, and judging by the imprint and the flat inner side of the guard, it probably belonged to an officer (usually, only officers or calvary had sabers) of either the Royal Army or the Field Army. That's my two cents.

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    Posting an image or two to help support your case would improve this answer. Apr 6, 2021 at 23:53

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