1845/54 Pattern VRI Thurkle British Infantry
Officer's Sword (Sold)
An 1845/54 Pattern Thurkle made VRI British infantry officer's
sword in exceptionally good condition for its age.
I do not think it possible to get a quality 1845/54 pattern British
infantry officer's sword in such superb condition. It truly does
not look 150 years old, but it is. The blade is in exceptionally
good order and the etching is just superb. In every way a shining
The 32.5 inch blade is lovely. Etched "VRI" for an officer
in the British Army in India, this beautiful sword was actually
sold to the army, not as a private purchase; we know this from the
stamps to the ricasso. It is incredible to believe such a fine and
expensive sword was issued to someone, but it was; such was the
value of India to the British Government of the day.
The blade is firm in the hilt, the hilt in very good order but
without the gilt of a private purchase sword. The lovely grey fishskin
grip in very good order, as are the copper twisted grip wire bindings.
The sword sheathes well into its original browned steel scabbard
which has signs of previous light rusting and a small ding, but
nothing that pronounced. Further / full sized images upon request.
My item reference number is 631.