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
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.
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.