Victorian 1845 Pattern Volunteer Artillery
Officer's Sword, for sale
In fairly good condition, a rare Victorian 1845 Pattern Volunteer
Artillery Officer's / BSM's / RSM's Sword.
To find a "Volunteer Artillery" sword is scarce enough,
to find one in an 1822/1845 pattern hilt makes it rare. This hilt
/ guard has a very austere / plain VR cypher and so indicates it
was for a sergeant, perhaps a Battery Sergeant Major or more likely
a Regimental Sergeant Major. Volunteer regiments having perhaps
some wriggle room on adopting strict set patterns at this time,
but perhaps explaining why the maker / retailer did not etch their
name to the ricasso. Also of note is the lack of suspension rings
to the scabbard, which is clearly original as the top fitting is
recessed one side to accommodate better closing of the folding guard
The 32 7/8 inch blade is in worn but good condition and firm in
the hilt. The hilt / guard has minor denting for such a brass hilt
and is overall good. The fishskin grip has wear but is good. The
twisted grip wire is good; there are no minor strands which may
also indicate this sword was bought by a regiment for a sergeant.
The leather and brass fittings scabbard is very good for its age
but has some scuffs, etc. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Unlikely to find another! A great price, just £500. Please
quote item reference number W39. Further / full sized pictures available
upon request. Box 1164-113x20x14 (2.077).