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.
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".
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
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.