George IV East India Company Senior Infantry
Officer's Sword, Sold
In sound condition, a rare George IV 1822 Pattern East India Company
senior infantry field officer's sword.
With a rare EIC lion crest / cypher within the unmistakable cursive
George IV's royal cypher, etched to maker "Prosser, maker to
the King, London", this is a senior (e.g. brigadier) infantry
field officer's sword, denoted by the brass scabbard (this scabbard
is also heavy, not thin brass). Blade still very sharp; this is
no dress only sword.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in aged condition (etching worn, patina
throughout and some rust patches) but is sound and some of the etching
is still visible (you can just make out "Prosser", "King"
and "London"). Blade firm in hilt. The hilt quote good
considering it is brass (normally these get bent / broken a lot,
but not this one); there is even some gilt remaining. The folding
guard section works but is stiff. The fishskin grip has endured
less well, with some missing. The twisted grip wire is very good.
The heavy brass scabbard very good for age but the throat piece
is missing, as are the wooden lining slats with means the sword
sheathes and draws loosely.
Look, George IV EIC senior officer swords like this are rare.
This one has a few condition issues but is generally above average.
So, at £? (too late, now sold), it is a collector's bargain.
Please quote item reference R29 (0497).