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Rare 1845P British Army Bandmaster's Presentation Sword (Sold)

A rarely seen Victorian British 1845 pattern army bandmaster's presentation sword in very good condition.

1845P British Army Bandmaster's Presentation Swordimage 472 1845P British Army Bandmasters Sword 2

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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.

image 472 Thomas Rayner Bandmaster

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.

image 472 VR Canon

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.

image 472 1st CLE

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