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1889P Victorian British Staff Sergeant's Sword, sold

In overall very good condition, a rare 1889 pattern British infantry staff sergeant's sword by Mole of Birmingham.

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The inside of the hilt / guard and scabbard mouthpiece are marked "2 . 02" over "V" over "3 Lin." over "3", which means, despite the fact this sword has Queen Victoria's royal cypher to the hilt, that in February 1902 (after Queen Victoria's death) it was passed onto the 3 Company of the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment (10th Regiment of Foot) of Volunteers. The blade has several acceptance, etc. marks, showing it was first accepted as a War Department (British Army / Crown owned) sword in October 1894. What its history was between then and when it was passed onto the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, we do not know, as there are no other regimental markings we can see. Most likely, it was always with the regiment, perhaps even seeing action in the Boer War.

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The 32 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition, period sharpened, and firm in the hilt. The hilt also is in very good condition, very clean and bright. The fishskin grip has some small spots of damage, but nothing too much; the twisted wire bindings are very good. The steel scabbard has some areas of damage; we are not sure if these areas are simply rust areas as some are in odd places and deep, while other areas of the scabbard are untouched. The damage (pitting) to the scabbard had some form of old paste repair, but this came out when we removed several layers of paint. We believe the scabbard was damaged and period repaired and then painted brown. Afterwards, in more recent times, previous owners had painted it several other colours. So we were not able to save the period brown paint or paste repair material. Overall, the scabbard is in very sound condition and the sword sheathes and draws well.

A lovely example for only £(now sold). Please quote item reference I76 (1076). Further / full sized images upon request.

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