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1845 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Sword, Sold

In very good condition, a 1845 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Sword.

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Etched at the ricasso to "C Smith & Sons, Piccadilly, London"; Piccadilly being a highly prestigious location. Charles Smith was a highly respected accouterment maker (was once appointed to King Edward VII as gold and silver laceman). Charles Smith & Sons operated from 12 Piccadilly from 1836 to 1859. This sword was made by someone else (there are feint stamped letters to the spine "EEVE", so made by Reeves at Air Street Piccadilly). This pattern of sword was used / made from 1845 to 1854.

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The 32 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition, just a couple of small patina / inert rust spots, some scuffing around the ricasso, firm in the hilt. The brass hilt is in very good condition, the folding guard section works well. The fishskin grip is a little worn but still very good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The browned steel scabbard has a bit of light rust pitting but is overall good to very good. The sword sheathes and draws well.

One of the best examples you are likely to find, especially at only: £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference R70 (0549). Further / full sized photos available upon request.

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