C 1889 Victorian Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Cross Hilted Sword (sold)
In overall good condition, though grip as seen, a rare Victorian
Kings Own Scottish Borderers Cross Hilted Sword, circa 1889
This a lovely sword and the fact the grip has lost its fishskin
and twisted grip wire bindings does not detract from this; the wooden
grip looks the part. Etched with both Kings Own Scottish Borderers
emblems (white horse of Hanover with "Nec aspera terrent"
and castle with "Nisi Dominus Frustra"), plus Queen Victoria's
royal cypher and "The Kings Own Borderers", the impressively
long 34.5 inch blade is lovely, and shows the original owner must
have been a very tall man.
Because the grip cover has gone, the sword is a little loose at
the hilt, but otherwise sound. The scabbard is aged with some former
rust pitting, but overall good and looks the part with the sword.
Marked to Colley & Remon who were outfitters on Jersey, I suspect
the gentleman officer who once owned this came from a family who
knew how to dodge British crown taxes. Well worth the price tag.
Further pictures available upon request. My item reference number