Victorian Grenadier Officers Sword of Charles
In good condition (the blade exceptionally good), the Victorian
British Grenadier Officers Sword of Charles Le despencer Leslie-Melville.
Etched at the ricasso to quality maker Pillin, with dumbbell type
blade (1892+) and Battle Honours up to and including Khartoum (1898),
so the sword post dates 1899 and pre-dates 1901 (end of Victoria's
reign). Etched "CLM" to the blade, the only officer with
those initials in the Grenadier Guards 1899 to 1901 was Charles
Le despencer Leslie-Melville, commissioned as 2nd Lieut on 24th
The 32 32 1/4 inch blade is in good condition (some wear, age, etc.)
and firm in the hilt. The hilt is generally very good, but with
a little age. The fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings are
aged but good. The steel scabbard is in good condition but for a
small hole near the chape / drag and small ding one side. The sword
sheathes and draws well enough but is tight to draw when you fully
sheathed (yet is easy to fully sheath).
Charles Le despencer Leslie-Melville comes from a family associated
with the Grenadier Guards. It appears he first was a Lieutenant
in the 4th Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment, but took a demotion
to earn a commission with the Grenadier Guards as 2nd Lieutenant
on 24th June 1899. On the 19th May, 1900, he made Lieutenant. It
then appears he went into private life and actually went bankrupt
in 1912 (failed gentleman's clubs). Then during WW1 he was again
commissioned as a Lieutenant of the Grenadier Guards on 11th September,
1914. He survived WW1 as he died in 1929, and had achieved the rank
of Captain. So plenty of interesting research to be done here, to
say the least!
What a great sword that once belonged to a really interesting officer.
Go on, you will regret it if you don't buy it, just £? (too
late, now sold). Please quote item reference AD85 (0594). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.