Late Victorian 1857P British Royal Engineers
Officer's Sword, Sold
In good to very condition, a scarce issued late Victorian Mole
1857P British Royal Engineers officer's sword, by Mole of Birmingham.
Much scarcer than normal (private purchase) officer's swords, this
is a War Department issued 1857 pattern RE sword and in very good
overall condition (most issued swords are very worn and battered).
This one has the markings "4. 1896 V 1. HTS. E 5" for
April 1896, 1st Hampshire Engineer Volunteers, weapon 5".
The 32 1/2 inch very well etched blade is in very good condition
and is firm in the hilt. The brass hilt is good, well above average
with minimal wear distortion. Grip with some wear / age but very
good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The steel scabbard
has done its job and protected the blade but has itself suffered
from some litting pitting; however it is very sound and the sword
sheathes and draws well.
This is a well above average example of an issued 1857P RE officer's
sword and a total bargain at just £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference number AE92. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Tube 1035-105x16 (2.584).