Rare 1845P British Army Bandmaster's Presentation
A rarely seen Victorian British 1845 pattern army bandmaster's
presentation sword in very good condition.
An unusual and rare variation of the British 1845P infantry officer's
sword, this one clearly for a named bandmaster with the blade bearing
artillery motifs in addition to the traditional infantry "VR"
plus foliate scrolls.
Clearly a presentation sword awarded to one Thomas Rayner circa
1850, and how proud he must have been to be able carry a fine officer's
sword like this. So proud the guard is a little misshapen from the
telltale pressure of Bandmaster Rayner's knuckle; he certainly has
very large hands. Marked also "1st C L E", this does not
correspond with any regiment, etc. markings I can find, so I suspect
it is an abbreviation for 1st place in an exhibition.
The 32 inch blade is exceptionally good (the white smearing you
can see is preservation wax I applied). The hilt retains some gilt,
the fishskin grip is good, the ring bindings / twisted grip wire
all correct except for one slightly loose strand. The scabbard is
in good order but has lost its inner wooden liners so is loose on
the blade. A rarity of a sword. Further / full sized pictures available
upon request. My item reference number 472.