1895P Manton Calcutta Victorian British Infantry
Officer's Sword, sold
In good to very good condition, a very high quality 1895 pattern
British Infantry officer's sword made by Manton of Calcutta, VR
(not VRI) cypher.
This is actually quite a rare sword, a genuine 19C Manton &
Co of Calcutta 1895P, made rarer by the fact it has British service
"VR" cyphers to the hilt and blade, rather than "VRI"
(India service) cyphers; presumably, the original owner was returning
to Great Britain after having served in India. In any event, this
is a very well made sword and in good condition. This is an 1895
Pattern, NOT the very common 1897 pattern; the sole difference being
the later has a turned down inner hilt flap to prevent uniform fraying
(many 1895P's were therefore converted to 1897P's by turning the
inner hilt guard - this one was not converted).
The 32 3/16 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the
hilt, some very slight bending as is normal through use (sheathing
and unsheathing). The steel hilt is very good, some aging. The fishskin
grip and associated twisted grip wire bindings are good, some wear
and tiny surface losses, one or two lesser wire strands a little
wayward one side, nothing much to detract or worry about. The steel
scabbard is in very good shape, some wear of course. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
A great sword for any collection and one that proves Manton &
Co were a very high quality manufacturer; yours for just £xxx
(1091) . Please quote item reference I62. Further / full sized images
available upon request.