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