In good condition, an 1827 pattern Victorian Rifle Volunteer Regiment
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
A lovely sword. Further / full sized pictures available upon request.
Please quote item reference number I18 (1057)