1892 Pattern Victorian British Infantry Officer's
A rare 1892 pattern Victorian British infantry officer's sword
by Hawkes and Company.
Looks like an 1854 pattern sword? Well, not quite, it has the so
called "dumb bell" blade (looking at the cross section
of it shows raised sides with a narrow middle), not a fullered blade
as was used before. In 1892, due to problems with the strength of
the fullered blade, the dumb bell blade was introduced. However,
in 1895 / 1897, a new steel hilt was introduced (with the dumb bell
blade), so most 1892 swords had their blades rehilted into the new
1895/1897P and the old hilt thrown away! So few of the original
1892 patterns survived. OK, certain Corps (medical and transport)
continued with the 1892 pattern but these are not the original infantry
swords, this is.
So, we have an actual, authentic Victorian British 1892 pattern
infantry officer's sword, a very rare sword.
The 32 1/8 inch straight blade is aged and a little worn, but overall
good with the etching still clear, and is firm in the hilt. The
hilt also a little dull with age, some bending to the outer bar
as is common with this style of brass hilt, but still good / sound.
The fishskin grip is in very good shape, as rare the twisted grip
wire bindings. The lovely old style Victorian leather scabbard is
aged and creased and there is a slit the point of the blade can
come though if you do not take care when sheathing, but is still
overall sound and looks good on the sword. The sword sheathes and
draws well if a little loose.
A genuine investment. Please quote item reference number I66 (1089).
Further / full sized images upon request.