Lion Headed, British M1803, General and Line Officer's Sword. First Seminole War Period. London Fire-Gilt, Stirrup-hilted saber with closely checkered Ivory Grips. While no blue or gilding remains, the hand engraved "GR" under the crown and over a "III" is clearly evident on the obverse and the pre-1801 British coat of arms is to be seen on the reverse. The back of the blade carries importer's or blade makers marking: "J.J. Runkel.Solingen". The "III" blade marking, according to Ray Giron (correspondence in accession file) stands for the 3rd Regiment of foot and not George III since none of the first three Georges used their numeral. However, historical and scholorly opinions refute Giron's description, stating that the, "III" blade marking, might indeed stand for King George the III (comments by Robert Graetz, Senior Curator, Museum of Florida History. This is a good example of the British influence in Florida during this period.