Exeter Victorian British Rifle Regiment Officer's
In good to very good condition, an Exeter retailer Victorian British
rifle regiment officer's sword.
Etched at the ricasso "J Beer High Street Exeter"; J
Beer was a Naval and Military Tailors and Breeches Maker (succeeded
by Seymour Brothers). There is no "volunteer" to the etching,
so this likely was the sword of a regular rifle regiment (or rifles
section of an infantry regiment).
The 32 inch blade is in exceptionally good condition with just
a couple of small splashes of patina, the etching very nice and
in good condition. Blade firm in the hilt. The steel hilt with some
more frequent patina spots is in good condition. The fishskin grip
and associated grip wire bindings are very good. The browned (chemically
camouflaged) steel scabbard is very good, but with some rust patches.
The sword sheathes and draws very well.
What a lovely sword. A great buy, just £? (too late, now
sold) . Please quote item reference AC27 (0031). Further / full
sized images available upon request.