In good condition, an ERII British Infantry Officer’s Sword with Victorian Family Blade.
The blade has been replated so the etching is very feint but the Victorian crown and cypher are just visible, as is the maker’s name “J B Johnston”. The blade is an 1892 “dumbbell” pattern and Johnston went out of business in 1897, so the blade date from 1892 to 1897. Mounted into an ERII hilt, almost has to be a family blade to honour an ancestor who served Queen Victoria.
The 32 inch slim dress weight blade is in good order and firm in the hilt. The hilt good. The grip with some age / fading but very good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The leather scabbard is good but with age and some wear / loss. The frog and belts are sound but aged. The sword knot has lost its button and is sound but aged. The sword sheathes and draws quite well.
Nice sword with obvious history. Nicely priced at (was) £500, now £400 . Please quote item reference number AF26. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1090-121x19x16 (2.186).