Victorian British 1st Life Guards Officer's
Very good condition Victorian British 1st Life Guards (Household
Cavalry) officer's sword by Hawkes & Co.
Like all examples we have seen, this is a plain bladed (except
for the Hawkes tablet etching) 1st Life Guards officers sword by
the famous Hawkes and Co. There are several differences besides
this with 2nd Life Guards swords, such as the plain (not reeded)
suspension bands on the scabbard (the top one marked "FFCC"
- not the original owner's initials but a mark common to 2nd LG
swords and which we have no answer as to what it stands for). Again,
it appears 1st Life Guards officers carried plain bladed swords
(this is not a sword for a trooper).
The 35 inch blade in very good condition, put with some age / light
speckles here and there. Blade firm in the hilt; the hilt generally
very good with minimal aging. The "snakeskin" pattern
leather grip also a unique feature of 1LG Victorian swords (as opposed
to fishskin). The scabbard in good condition but with some patches
of former rust. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A scarce, highly impressive sword, often selling for in excess
of 2000 GBP. Our price for this well above average example, a bargain
of an investment at only £xxxx (too late, now sold - original
sales price divulged for small fee). Please quote item reference
AA46 (0033). Further / full sized images available upon request.