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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.

Late Victorian Mole 1857P British Royal Engineers Officer's Issued Swordimage ae92 1

Sold Item Notice

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".

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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 (1035). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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