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Mid-Victorian British EIC Native Officer's Brass Grip / Hilt Sword, sold

In overall good condition, a rare Mid-Victorian British EIC Native / Maharaja's Officer's Brass Grip / Hilt Lions Head Sword.

Mid-Victorian British EIC Native Officer's Brass Grip / Hilt Lions Head SwordImage w15 1

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No markings, but the lion's head gives it away. This sword was bought by the East India Company for a native Indian / Maharaja's army officer, most likely an NCO / sergeant. The sword is clearly British made. The hilt is clearly original to the sword; just look at how it fits into the pommel. British made blade with partially blanked out proof slug.

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The 32 inch period sharpened blade has a steady patina and several period nicks to the cutting edge; this sword certainly looks as if it has been in action. The blade does move in both the grip and guard; not a massive amount but a fair bit (can often be rectified by slipping metal / hardwood shards down into the grip). The grass hilt has plenty of buckling and wear. The brass grip and lion's head pommel are in good condition

First one of these we have ever encountered, so a bespoke / rare sword. 100% 19C, you can see the age. A great buy at £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number W15 (1180) Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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