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Victorian Royal Scots Infantry Officer's Basket Hilted Sword, sold

In very good condition, a Victorian Royal Scots infantry officer's basket hilted broadsword.

Victorian Scottish Royal Scots Infantry Officer's Basket Hilted Sword

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Bladed etched at the ricasso / forte to "Hobson & Son 1, 3 & 5 Lexington St London", which means the sword dates from 1887 to 1901. The blade probably has been replated but very well so, as the etching is still clear, so probably done by experts at the end of the 19th / beginning of the 20th Century to prolonging the useful service life of the sword rather than done by a dealer / collector more later.

The 32 7/8 inch blade is longer than normal, indicating it was made for a stout officer with a long arm. The blade is in very good condition, a little rust spot here and there towards the point, but nothing much. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt with age / small rust patches but solid and sound. The fishskin grip in good shape. The hilt liner and tassel aged but still quite good. The steel scabbard appears to have been treated at some stage, perhaps if the officer was going on active service (e.g. Boer War), so a bright steel scabbard did not identify him as a target to snipers. The sword sheathes and draws well.

A lovely sword for only £(sorry, too late, it is now sold, but we will divulge the original sales price for a fee). Please quote item reference K93 (1172). Further / full sized images available upon request.

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