Victorian Royal Irish Constabulary Officer's
In overall sound condition, a rare Victorian Royal Irish Constabulary
The maker's / retailer's name is very rubbed, but you can see the
last "eland" of the name, so it is "J Ireland &
Sons, Ellis's Quay, Dublin". The scabbard is surely original
but there must be something blocking near the tip end, as a small
0.8 cm gap is present between the scabbard and hilt when fully sheathed
(it may well be possible to knock out any dirt / obstruction).
The 33 1/4 inch flat blade is overall good, the etching still clear
except for the maker's / retailer's name, the tip has a very small
wiggle, there are a few (not many) ominous (apparently period) nicks
to the blade. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt is sound but with
rust pitting, more so inside the guard. The fishskin grip is quite
good but some small losses near the edges. Some of the twisted grip
wire is missing. The steel scabbard has rust pitting but is sound.
The sword sheathes and draws OK except that it does not fully sheath
by around 0.8cm.
These are such rare swords. Yours for £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference P45 (0211). Further / full sized images
available upon request.