In very good condition, a superb Mid Victorian Rifle Volunteers Officer’s Sword, with De Burgh / Burke family crest.
The blade etched with one of the many De Burgh / Burke family crests / coats of arms, and bearing the original owner / officer’s initials “W B R”. Blade etched at ricasso to Busain & Co, Gerrard Street, Soho Square, London, who traded there until 1858. So the original owner could well be identified based on the above. The De Burgh family were highly important and are equally interesting, their coat of arms unmistakable as it bears the archaic French motto “Ung Roy Ung Foy Ung Loy” (one king, one faith, one law).
The 32 1/2 inch blade is in exceptionally good condition for its age, some staining etc. but not much. Blade firm in the hilt. The three bar hilt / guard is very good, as are the black fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings. The steel field service scabbard is good. The sword sheathes and draws very well.
Hard to believe this sword is over 160 years old. Plenty of research potential. A cracker for just £550. Please quote item reference number W95. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Box 1224-101x18x17 (1.921).