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1857P George V British Royal Engineer Officer's Sword, sold

In good condition, a rare 1857P George V British Royal Engineer Officer's Sword.

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Brass acanthus hilted Royal Engineer swords like this are scarce enough, but this one is rare in that it is etched to George V when Royal Engineers were meant to carry the 1897 steel hilted infantry pattern. This sword was not a private purchase as it is marked to the upper scabbard fitting "MHSW 4.08"; well, April 1908 is easy to decipher, but "MHSW" we can not find, anywhere. Not an Indian service sword as the GV cypher would be GVI. Most likely a British Territories sword, maybe Canada, Australia or New Zealand, but our research has found no "MHSW" for them.

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The 32 1/2 inch blade is in good condition but the etching very feint. Blade firm in the hilt. The superb brass hilt is in very good order. The black fishskin grip is good but worn; this sword was held a lot. Twisted grip wire bindings are good. The Victorian style scabbard is in good shape. The sword sheathes and draws well.

A very sword and a great conundrum as to its history. Nicely priced at £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number W10 (1138). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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