1850P Crimean War British Royal Engineer
Driver's Sabre / Sword, sold
In very good condition, a rare 1850 Pattern Crimean War British
Royal Engineer Driver's Sabre / Sword.
Made by Schnitzler & Kirschbaum of Solingen for the Prussian
Guard Hussar Regiment in 1850 (hence the Prussian crown 50 mark
on the spine) to trial; they rejected the sword and opted for another
design. S&K sold the swords they made on the open market in
Liege (Belgium) to the British in around 1852, hence the British
crown over L and 8 view inspection mark to the blade. They were
then issued to British Royal Engineer Drivers for use in the Crimea.
There were not many engineer drivers and not many of these swords;
this is a rare one of that number.
The 34 5/8 inch blade is in very good condition with patina streaks
/ blotches but no pitting, and is firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard
has a steady patina and light pitting but is good. The grip with
some minor scuffs etc is also good. The very solidly built steel
scabbard with patina and light to medium pitting in places is good.
The sword sheathes and draws well, very firmly when nearly fully
sheathed, and holds the scabbard in place even if held vertically
despite the heavy steel scabbard's weight.
Go on, find another, and then find one in this superb condition.
An absolute must for the collector, yours for £?(too late,
now sold). Please quote item reference number W35 (1163). Further
/ full sized pictures available upon request.
Picture below: A Royal Engineer Driver during the Crimean War delivery
telegraph poles, wires and equipment.