1827P 6th Devonshire Rifles Officer's Presentation
In very good condition, a superb Pillin made presentation sword
for Lieutenant Charles Edward Roberts Chanter of the 6th Devonshire
Rifle Volunteers, dated 1871.
This is about as good a Victorian rifle regiment officer's sword
gets. "Presented to Lieutenant Chanter by the Non-Commissioned
Officers and Privates of the 6th D.R.V. Octr 31st 1871", quality
maker marked "Pillin Manufacturers Gerrard St Soho London",
with VR cypher, strung bugle and family crest. This sword does not
need words from us to state just how fine it is. There is a fair
amount of information on Charles Edward Roberts Chanter on the Internet.
The superbly etched blade (for 3/4 of the length) has some patina
spotting, mostly near the point and not very much. Blade firm in
the hilt. The gilted steel hilt aged but still highly impressive
and in good condition. The lovely fishskin grip and associated twisted
grip wire bindings are near perfect, just one slightly wayward strand
one side. The browned steel scabbard is in good condition. The sword
sheathes and draws very well.
An exceptional sword for only £xxxx (too late, now sold -
original sales price divulged for small fee). Please quote item
reference number I61 (1050). Further / large images available upon