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Victorian 1st York Engineer Volunteers Officer's Sword, initialed, Sold

In good condition, a late Victorian First York Engineer Volunteers Officer's Sword, initialed, made by Hobson & Sons, Lexington Street, London.

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Post 1891, as it has a so called "dumbbell" blade which was introduced in 1892, etched to the 1st York Engineer Volunteers and also bearing the original owner's initials "A S", so it may well be possible to research and identify the officer.

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The 32 1/2 inch blade is in overall very good condition, the etching a little feint but still clear enough. Blade firm in the acanthus leaf hilt, which retains much gilt. The fishskin grip with some age and wear, but generally good. The twisted brass wire grip bindings generally good, but one turn has some missing. The leather field service scabbard is aged and kinked and has one section that has partially separated one side. The scabbard and hilt are actually quite unique because the hilt has a forward brass stopper designed to meet the leather top of the scabbard (most scabbard have a metal top fitting, the hilt not). The sword sheathes and draws well.

A very nice example and with firm research potential. A good investment at only £? (too late, now sold)! Please quote item reference number AA71 (0054). Further / full sized images upon request.

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