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.
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.
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.