1822/1854P Victorian British Infantry General/Staff
Officers Sword, sold
In very good condition, an 1822 / 1845 / 1854 Pattern Victorian
British Infantry General / Staff Officer's Sword, made by Webb.
The 1822P blade has likely been rehilted for the officer as the
new 1854P (non-folding) hilt was introduced. The top locket on the
scabbard is engraved to Webb, 48 Piccadilly dates the blade / scabbard
from 1838-1850. As the blade is pre-1845 (when fullered blades were
introduced), that means the original owner / officer bought the
original sword between 1838 and 1845, then had the new solid hilt
fitted as a replacement to the original folding guard in 1854, so
he was a staff / general officer for at least 9 years.
Update: We have been advised by the previous owners that this sword
was owned by Major. G Archibald William Graham (1828 - 1905) of
the Bombay Infantry, he made Major on the 13th June, 1863.
The 27 inch pipeback blade with Georgian / early Victorian tablet
etching is in very good condition and firm in the hilt; at only
27 inches, this was a dress sword for a shorter officer, but the
length is correct. The hilt is in very good condition with good
amounts of gilt remaining. The grip has some age / wear at the edges
but is otherwise very good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings.
The leather and gilt metal fittings is very good except for a tape
repair (covering a break one side) and a small break on the stitching
side. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A well above average example. Yours for £? (too late, now
sold) . Please quote item reference Q80 (0414). Further / full sized
images available upon request.