1861 Pattern British Infantry Staff Sergeants
In overall very good condition, a scarce 1861 pattern British
infantry staff sergeant's sword, Birmingham maker.
This is an 1861 Pattern by courtesy of the fact it has a leather
and gilt steel fitting scabbard, though the sword was made in 1891.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the
hilt. The hilt overall good. The fishskin grip and twisted grip
wire are all good. The leather scabbard is weak in places, especially
near the chape (the bottom fitting will droop if not supported),
and there are losses to the leather surface in places, but overall
good considering the age. The sword sheathes and draws well. The
ricasso shows "Birmingham", so the maker is almost certainly
the world famous Mole.
A really nice and above average example for way under what it should
be sold for; just £350. Please quote item reference O16 (1345).
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