1857P British Royal Engineer Officer's Sword,
In exceptional condition, a quality grey etched 1857 Pattern British
Royal Engineer Officer's Sword.
Etched at the ricasso "Harmon & Co, Chatham" (Harman
& Co. were Jewelers at 160 High Street, Chatham until around
1882). Clearly just a retailer (we understand popular with Jewish
customers), this sword was made by one of the very best makers;
the quality is supreme.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is in very, very good condition for its age,
and firm in the hilt. The hilt is not misshapen (rare for these
gilt on brass guards) and has most if not all of its gilt remaining.
The fishskin grip is very good (fishskin has unusual stippling effect),
twisted grip wire bindings also very good. The plated steel scabbard
has lost some plating and now shows small sections of patina, but
is very sound. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Probably the most attractive British military sword ever made;
this one is well, well above average. You will unlikely find better
at £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference AB88
(0137). Further / full sized images available upon request.