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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.

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Sold Item Notice

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.

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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.

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