In overall good condition, a rare early Victorian 1st Manchester Rifle Volunteers officers sword.
An early Victorian version of the rifle officer’s pattern sword, denoted by its solid cartouche (later versions of this pattern the strung bugle badge is pierced). Circa 1845. No maker’s / retailer’s mark but the shield to the ricasso means it is likely Sheffield made and sold via a smaller retailer / outfitter with no etching stencil at the makers.
The 32 1/3 inch blade has a steady patina both sides, one side the etching clearer than the other. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard overall sound / good but with a solid patina, the engraved detail (strung bugle under crown) to the cartouche is feint. The twisted grip wire bindings and fishskin grip are both very good. Scabbard absent.
A rare chance to get one of these and for only £400. Please quote item reference S98. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0721-1m (1.642).