Mint 1845 / 1892 P Edward VII British Infantry
Officer’s Sword (Sold)
Virtually mint condition, stunning, scarce 1892 Pattern (1845
Pattern with so called "dumb bell" blade introduced in
1892) Early 20th Century British Infantry Officer’s Sword.
This has to be one of the most attractive swords ever made and
it is also in such good condition.
For a 100 year old sword, this P1845 / 1892P British Infantry Officer's
Sword is as mint condition as it gets; I have never seen a sword
in such excellent condition. The workmanship is stunning; made by
"Hobson & Sons of 1-3-5 Lexington St. London" (as
etched on the ricasso), the sword slides into both of its two (one
steel dress, one leather service scabbards) and holds firm as it
near the end. Fine etching including the Latin "In Arduis Fidelius"
("Steadfast in Adversity") means this pristine sword was
originally owned by a Royal Army Medical Corps officer. The R.A.M.C.
actually has one of the highest number of Victoria Cross awards
to it's officers; 31 in total which shows these men were in the
thick of every major battle since the Boer War. The owner's initials
"MI" are finely etched into the blade along with much
foliage design plus the royal crown of course. The only wear visible
is to some of the etching where the 82 cm blade has been in and
out of the scabbards over time; other than that, the royal cyphers
and the fact this quality of sword manufacture no longer exists,
there is nothing to indicate this sword wasn't made yesterday (apart
from a couple of minor small patina marks towards the point). Superb
fishskin and ring bindings, absolutely no movement or looseness
anywhere; as close to crisp perfection as anyone is able to buy.
Further pictures available upon request. My item reference number