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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.

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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.

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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.

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