1854 Patt WW1 Irish Guards Officers Sword,
2nd Earl Baldwin, (sold)
In very good condition, a rare WW1 1854 pattern Irish Guards sword,
the former property of Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin, the 2nd Earl of
Baldwin, AKA Viscount Corvedale, son of British prime minister Stanley
If you want a superb quality sword that was once owned by an extremely
colourful member of the nobility, then this is the one for you.
can read about Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin here. This is the 2nd
Earl of Baldwin's Irish Guards sword, initialed "O R B"
to both the blade and the leather carry case that comes with it
The sword is in excellent condition. The 32 1/4 inch blade (1 inch
at ricasso) is in exceptionally good order, one small patch of black
patina to the back edge, very slight scratches here and there, with
original owner initials, George V cypher, Irish Guards badge and
Gaelic foliate etching. Blade firm in the hilt and sheathing / drawing
well into / out of the scabbard. The hilt a little age tarnished
but it will clean if required with a good metal polish; it has a
pleasing light tarnish effect right now. The fishskin grip and twisted
grip wire bindings are very good. The leather field scabbard in
good condition, well above average. The leather carry bag and internal
cloth bag also good.
If this sword did not have such original owner appeal / provenance,
it would be worth £1000 of anyone's money. Please quote item
reference number C59 (660). Full sized / further images are available