William IV (Royal) Irish Constabulary / Police
Officer's Sword, sold
In very good condition, an original William IV Irish Constabulary
officer's sword, from when they were formed in 1836/37.
A very rare sword. The later (post 1837) versions are rare and
valuable enough. This, however, is an original William IV 1836/1837
sword, dating from when the Irish Constabulary were first formed.
The blade is in superb condition and this is worthy of a hilt refurbishment
to bring this up to museum quality deserving of any related museum.
Etched to Buckmaster (maker), with so-called "tablet"
form etchings to the blade.
The incredibly impressive 34 7/8 inch blade clearly indicates this
was made for a mounted police officer. The pipe back blade with
clipped point is nicely etched, in very good condition and firm
in the hilt. The steel hilt / guard with iconic Irish harp under
Hanoverian crown badge is in good though aged condition. The fishskin
grip is good, but with signs of wear and age; the twisted grip wire
is good. The steel scabbard has protected the blade over many, many
years and has paid the price with age, but it is still very sound.
The sword sheathes and draws well but is tight when fully sheathed.
Look, spend hours trying to find another R.I.C. officer's sword
for sale and you will end up finding a less valuable Victorian version
with a more common foot officer's 32 inch length blade, for the
same money we are asking for ours (hint: grab this one quick). Our
price is just £(too late, now sold - but we will divulge the
original sales price for a small fee). Please quote item reference
O81 (1395). Further / full sized images available upon request.