1857 Pattern British Royal Engineer Senior
Officer’s Sword (sold)
Exceptionally good condition and one of the finest quality 1857
Pattern Royal Engineer officer's swords ever made.
This is the finest quality 1857 Pattern British Royal Engineer
officer's swords I have ever seen, and in near mint condition. Made
by Hawkes and Company, the rare black etching is in superb condition
showing as it should the Royal Engineers / Artillery motifs plus
Queen Victoria's Royal Cypher. It is very hard to believe that this
sword is an antique and anyone holding it would be in now doubt
the skill no longer exists in the world to make such a fine article.
The only blemish I can see is a small black rust mark towards the
tip of the blade, away from the etched area. The blade is firm in
the superbly detailed agapanthus leaf scrolled brass hilt, the fishskin
and wire bindings are also in excellent condition. This sword looks
like it has been kept in a moisture free box for the last 100 years.
I would accept xxx for this sword, which is way below what the
real value is only because it does not have a scabbard; if I ever
come across a quality scabbard that fits properly, the price of
the sword will rise by at least £450. Further pictures available
upon request. My item reference number 132 (58)