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