In good condition, a British Victorian Lancashire XIX Volunteer Artillery Named Officer’s Sword. The former property of Lieut Col Ralph Peacock.
Etched to Lieut Col Ralph Peacock of the Lancashire XIX Volunteer Artillery, and at the ricasso to J & W Wood, 74 King Street, Manchester who were medical apparatus suppliers, so Ralph Peacock was clearly a physician or doctor by profession. What we do know about him is he was the son of Richard Peacock a founder of locomotive manufacturer Beyer, Peacock and Company.
The 32 1/4 inch blade is in superb condition for its age, the original grey etching in near mint condition, some drawing (removal and sheathing of sword) wear but minimal. The blade firm in the hilt. The hilt with some age, once blackened, now with much blackening gone especially to backpiece, but overall in good shape. The grip in good condition, some surface wear / fading but not much. The twisted grip wire bindings in good condition. The steel scabbard with some wear, scuffing, etc. but in good order. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Plenty of research potential. A very nice quality sword for £700. Please quote item reference number AF35. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1102-121x19x16 (2.069).