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1827P Victorian British Rifle Volunteer Regiment Officer's Sword, sold

In good condition, an 1827 pattern Victorian Rifle Volunteer Regiment officer's sword.

1827 Pattern Victorian British Rifle Volunteer Regiment Officer's Sword

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A good example of a Volunteer Rifles sword. This one with the tailor / outfitter Ridpath & Manning of 124 New Bond Street London's details to the ricasso. Well etched and the etching still very clear, the blade was thankfully stored with a good application of grease to it. The point has been rounded off, not because the point is sticking in some Frenchman's leg, but this was a fairly common practice by Victorian families after the officer had retired or passed away, to make the sword less dangerous in a family household environment. Not very much was rounded, so a point could easily be formed again if desired and it is unlikely anyone would notice.

The 31 3/4 blade is in very good condition for its age and firm in the hilt. The hilt has some age to it but it is mostly surface and could clean up if desired. The fishskin grip has some areas of wear but is mostly very good, as are the associated twisted grip wire bindings. The steel scabbard has a kink / ding one side but is otherwise very good for its age. The sword sheathes and draws very well.

A lovely sword. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Please quote item reference number I18 (1057)

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