Victorian British 1st Durham Royal Engineers
Officer's Sword, sold
In very good overall condition, a very well made 1857 pattern
Victorian British Royal Engineers officer's sword, marked to the
1st Durham Royal Engineers Volunteers and bearing the original owner's
A scarce sword in overall very good condition, ricasso etched "G.
Robinson Maker Birmingham", dating the sword from 1860 to 1880,
and with the original owner's initials "F I R" to the
blade, which should allow a diligent researcher to determine the
full identity, career and life of the officer who once held this
The well etched 30 1/2 inch blade (the office was clearly not a
tall man) with VR cypher, "1st Durham Engineers Volunteers"
with RE thunderbolt insignia, maker's name and original owners initials
is in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The brass hilt with
some minor deformation / damage (through wear as is common and to
be expected from brass hilts). The fishskin grip is good, the twisted
grip wire bindings may have a strand missing (or they could simply
have been applied minimalistically). The field service steel scabbard
is good but with dings and age. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A beautiful sword with an exceptional blade. Please quote item
reference number J59 (1143). Further / full sized pictures available