1822/1845 Pattern Victorian British Infantry
Officer's Sword, sold
In very good condition, an 1822/1845 Pattern Victorian British
Infantry Officer's Sword, datable from 1845 to 1859.
An exceptionally good example of the folding guard 1822/45 pattern
British infantry officer's sword, datable from 1845 to 1859 courtesy
of the maker's inscription "Smith & Sons Piccadilly London"
(the only years they etched the blades so and would have used the
fullered 1845 pattern blade). The blade in virtually mint condition,
a few minor scuff marks and tiniest of spots. The brass scabbard
indicates the original owner was a field officer.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is superbly etched as only the Victorians
could and firm in the hilt. The hilt retains a good amount of gilt,
the fishskin grip is excellent for its age plus the twisted grip
wire bindings are very good indeed (one strand one side slightly
astray; nothing compared with most grips). The sword sheathes and
draws well, if a little loose, into its fine brass scabbard which
is in very good condition and would clean up even more if required.
This is a well above average example of a very fine pattern of
sword carried by British infantry officers when Great Britain was
the world's super power. Truly a beautiful and sound investment.
Further / full sized images available upon request. Please quote
item reference number D18 (709).