1892 Pattern Victorian British Army General's
Field Service Sword, sold
In good overall condition, a rare 1892 Pattern Victorian British
Army General's Field Service Sword, with crossed sword and baton
to both the blade and the hilt's / guard's cartouche.
Rare? First, 1892 pattern officer swords are scarce enough (1892
pattern = 1854 pattern "gothic" hilt with 1892 pattern
"dumbbell" / central fullered blade), because it was a
peaceful period in British history and most 1892 patterns has their
hilts removed in 1895 to 1897 to have the new stronger steel hilts
fitted. But then, this becomes rare because it is a general's field
service sword when most general staff never went near a field and
wore fancy mamelukes. Etched at the ricasso to sword cutlers "Sible
& Linney 46 Albermarle Street London", who used that name
/ address from 1886 to 1909.
The 32 3/4 inch blade is overall good but with a couple of inert
rust patches; blade firm in the hilt. The hilt good but with a slight
bend of the top outer rim as is very common with these soft brass
hilts. The hilt has a patina / tarnish but this is fairly easily
removable if desired. The fishskin grip good, the twisted grip wire
bindings good but a couple of lesser strands are astray (can be
repositioned and glued in under the backpiece if desired. Re,aims
of original field service knot in sound condition. The leather and
steel fittings scabbard is sound, but there is a minor kink, the
leather is aged a bit and the fittings have small rust spots / areas.
The sword sheathes and draws well.
A truly rare sword in good condition; don't let this one slip you
by! Yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
number V75 (1058). Further / full sized pictures available upon