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1857P Scottish Black Watch Field Officer's Sword, sold

A pre-1891 Victorian 1857 pattern Scottish Black Watch field officer's sword in good condition, the blade very good.

1857P Scottish Black Watch Field Officer's Sword

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A rare 1857P, this one with the regimental markings and badge of the famous Black Watch. The exceptional 34 1/2 inch levee weight / size (3/4 inch at ricasso) blade with Victorian royal cypher, Black Watch Royal Highlanders etchings, Egypt sphinx, and outfitter's name, Gardiner & Co of Argyle Street in Glasgow, which dates this sword to pre-1891.

Clearly the blade has been in the steel scabbard for some time, as the blade is in exceptionally good condition. The hilt and scabbard have aged over time and exposure to the air, although both are good and very sound. The blade is firm in the steel hilt, which has a low level pleasing patina. The Royal blue lined scarlet red hilt insert is fraying, and clearly old, but still sound and still looks very good; these inserts are often too far gone or are missing, so this is a great bonus. The fishskin grip is very good, the twisted grip wire bindings also, but for two turns which have lost their central wire. The steel scabbard is patinated but sound; there is a kink about half way down. The sword sheathes and draws very well.

This is a truly lovely and rare sword, in well above average condition. We have no doubt it will only appreciate in value from its price with us. Further / full sized images available upon request. Please quote item number C36 (647)

 

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