1854 Pattern Original Issue Welsh Guards
Officer's Picquet Sword (sold)
Rare, quite good condition 1854 Pattern Foot Guards Officer's
Sword, for the Welsh Guards.
Very rare original George 5th Welsh Guards officer's sword with
leather field scabbard. The Welsh Guards were formed on the 26th
February 1915, and this is likely to be when this sword was made.
Etched to George 5th and showing the cutler / retailer "E Smith
5 Boyle Street Saville Row", the etching is conspicuous by
the fact it has the same guards design as other regiments but with
blanks for where the battle honours normally go. If the sword had
been made after World War 1, it would certainly show a number of
battles; this one does not.
Seeing a foot guards sword with blanks for battle honours is only
surpassed in the unexpected by the hilt's cartouche of a leek! The
same leek design figuring on the blade etching. Compared with the
start badges and flaming bombs of other guards regiments, the sight
of a leek takes some getting used to.
In 5 years of collecting this is the first Welsh Guards sword I
have come across and while the condition is not superb, the fact
it is an original makes it highly collectible. Further pictures
available upon request. My item reference number 145 (34).