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 section.
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).