Victorian The King's Own Scottish Borderers
Field Officer's Sword, sold
Quality Hawkes made The King's Own (Scottish) Borderers Field
Officer's Sword, named to important officer Charles T. Becker
Etched to the blade; "CT Becker The Kings Own Borderers Lieut
19th Aug 1873 - Captain 1st July 1881". Charles T. Becker would
have carried this sword in the Tirah Campaign (a battle honour for
the Borderers). Charles T. Becker went on to command the 58th Infantry
Brigade (19th Western Division) during World War One.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is in excellent condition, some staining
towards the point (very little) which would remove. Blade firm in
the hilt. The steel hilt with patina but pleasingly so. The hilt
is in good order as is the grip, though the fishskin has lost a
little colour and worn through being held, plus one turn of the
lesser twisted grip wire bindings has gone. The original field service
steel scabbard was originally browned, a little of which remains,
and is aged and worn but solid. The sword sheathes and draws very
well. The original crimson red with royal blue edging hilt liner
is in very aged condition, but nice to have and of course included.
We heard that CT Becker went on and up further in the ranks burt
can not find anything him past 1914, so perhaps some further research
would enhance significantly the already fine provenance.
A lovely sword with clear provenance to an important senior officer
and exceptionally good condition blade. Ours is therefore a very
fair price and should make for an excellent investment in time.
Please quote item reference J35. Further / full sized images available