In good overall condition, a Mid-Victorian Oxford City Police Constabulary Officer’s Sword, made by Parker Field & Sons of Holborn London.
Etched “O C No 42” to the blade for weapon 42 of the Oxford City Police, formed 1st January 1869. Probably bought after an unarmed (just a truncheon) Oxford City police officer Joseph Gilkes was killed by a mob in 1869.
The 22 3/8 inch blade is in good condition but has some black patina rust patches. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt good, as is the fishskin grip. The button locking pin is missing (most are) and the catch / latch mechanism is seized solid. Leather and brass fitting scabbard plus frog good for age. The sword sheathes and draws well but there is a gap when sheathed due to the seized (protruding) latch.
A good police force identified example by the top maker, just (was) £450, now £360 . Please quote item reference number V80. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1070-102x18x16 (1.722).