In good condition, a scarce Boer War era (post 1892) Victorian Northumberland Fusiliers Officer’s Sword.
Distinctive hilt / guard with flaming bomb / grenade, this sword is post 1892 as it has the so called “dumbbell” (centered fuller) blade. Remnants of browning (camouflage) indicate this sword was made for active service and therefore may well have seen action during the Boer War. Ricasso etched with retailer’s name (A & T A Thompson, St James’s St, London).
The 32 inch blade is worn and aged (patina) but the Northumberland Fusiliers emblem, motto (Quo Fata Vocant), Victorian cypher and British coat of arms all visible. Blade firm in hilt. The fishskin grip with wear around edges, but overall good. The twisted grip wire bindings good except one turn has lost its center strand. The steel scabbard has a ding and is aged, but good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
These are scarce and prized collector’s pieces. You can own this one which is well above average for just £750. Please quote item reference AB47. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0100-1.18 (2.324)