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1895P VRI British Infantry Officer's Sword of Arthur E Aitken, sold

A chemically browned hilted VRI Victorian British infantry officer's sword etched to the famous Brigadier-General "Arthur E Aitken", in aged though sound condition.

1895 Pattern VRI British Infantry Officer's Sword of Arthur E Aitken

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Not the best preserved sword on our site, but one once held by Arthur E Aitken, who went on to be the British general involved in the actions against the German army in German East Africa during WW1. The hilt has been chemically browned, probably for active service use during the Boer War. Although this may well not be the sword Arthur Aitken held during WW1 (as he had been promoted and would have been entitled to wear a senior officer's sword, plus the fact this one bears the cypher of Queen Victoria, not George V), it is still a great collector's piece given the importance / history of this officer.

The 32 7/8 inch blade is in sound though rust patch condition. Blade with a little movement in the hilt / grip. The hilt still very good, on account of the chemical browning that protected it against the enemy and rust. The grip is overall good, but worn and patchy in places. The twisted grip wire bindings mostly good, one or too strands a little astray. The steel scabbard is also aged but has fared quite well. It has one throat screw missing and a ding near the chape. The sword sheathes and draws OK in the scabbard; not great, not bad. The serial number on the spine is rusted and worn; we think it 23431 but it may not be. We have not done a Wilkinson sales ledger search.

A great chance to own the sword of a famous officer. Please quote item reference L70 (1207). Additional / full sized photos available upon request.

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