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1897P Victorian British Infantry Sergeant's Sword, sold

In good order, a rare browned Victorian British infantry sergeant's sword, undoubtedly made for the Boer War.

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This is a rare browned version of the 1897P; the browning still good on the scabbard, only remnants on the hilt due to aging / rust erosion. Browning is used to prevent rust but more importantly to prevent light being reflected; the Boer snipers were adept at targeting British soldiers wearing nice bright swords, as the presence of a sword showed the wearer to be above ranks. The British responded by camouflaging their accouterments. The buyer could keep aged, as is, or quite easily re-brown the hilt (just do a search on Google for "Metal Browning Solution"). These swords are rare to the market, much rarer than officer's swords.

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The sword was first accepted for service in May 1900, the scabbard June 1900. There are subsequent date stamps for 1901 and 1902, which begs the question what happened to the sergeant who was originally issued with this weapon.

The 32 1/4 inch blade, stamped with various acceptance / War Office marks, plus that for Mole (the maker) of Birmingham, is in very good condition, double edged at end (period sharpened), and firm in the hilt. The hilt has lost most of its browning due to rust aging, but is still very sound and could be easily restored without going to a professional restorer. The fishskin grip is in very good shape for a sergeants sword, the twisted silver grip wire all present and correct, so well above average. The browned scabbard has had some rust but the browning is still good / apparent. The sword sheathes and draws well, a little loose but not much.

Truly, an investment. Full sized / additional photos available upon request. Please quote item reference number C62 (662)

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