Boer War Era / Browned British Royal Artillery
Officer's Sword, Sold
In good overall condition, an 1821 Pattern Boer War era British
Royal Artillery officer's sword.
Marked / etched don the blade to retailer "Blamey Charing
Cross London", Blamey were a highly reputed tailors whose clients
included the important sword maker John Latham, who worked for Henry
Wilkinson. The sword may therefore have been made by Wilkinson,
or indeed another prestigious maker "Pillin" who were
documented as making swords for them.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is nicely etched with thunderbolt Royal Artillery
motif one side, the VR Victorian cypher the other. The blade has
a light finely speckled rust spotting / patina throughout, but is
generally very good and firm in the hilt. The browned (camouflaged)
hilt / guard indicating late Victorian / Boer War era. The hilt
generally good, some age, some later tiny white paint spots (sorry,
only saw them after the item was photographed and then boxed - easily
removed of course). The grip and twisted grip wired bindings in
overall very good condition. The browned scabbard with some smaller
dings and a small rust hole right at the bottom where the scabbard
body meets the chape. The sword sheathes and draws well enough but
is a little tight when fully sheathed (just add oil).
A lovely well above average example of this iconic sword, yours
for only £xxx (sorry, too late, now been sold - but we will
divulge the original sales price for a small fee). Please quote
item reference number O86 (1402). Further / full sized pictures
available upon request.