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Scarce Victorian 1854P British VRI Infantry Officer's Sword, sold

In good condition, a scarce Victorian 1854P British VRI Infantry Officer's Sword with etched officer's initials.

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Sold Item Notice

You don't see many of these, with "VRI" (not "VR") to the cartouche and blade, for Victoria Regina Imperatrix, indicating the infantry officer was stationed in British colonial India. This one with the officer's initials to the blade, "HEW".

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The 32 inch period professionally sharpened blade in very good condition, some wear, no maker / retailer to the ricasso but almost certainly Hobson made as the proof slug is a small "P" within "Proved". Blade firm in the hilt. The brass hilt with some but below average distortion (these "gothic" brass hilts suffer from it so much). The fishskin grip in good condition, some wear evident. The twisted grip wire bindings have some strands missing. The sword knot is aged but good. The field service steel scabbard has been bright cleaned and is in good order save for the the inner wooden slats have likely gone as the sword does draw / sheath a little loosely.

A nice, scarce, clearly sold as a weapon (not just dress) sword in above average condition. All for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number W46 (1169). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

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