In very good condition, a Boer War / Late Victorian British Cavalry Officer’s Sword and Scabbard.
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Mystery sword with mystery markings. Period sharpened, so likely saw service in South Africa during the Boer War. Unusual double strike “W” plus “24” to the blade spine. Quality made sword but no maker’s / retailer’s mark and a blank brass proved stud. This sword was clearly carried in service as it has a leather hilt / guard insert. The superb deep grey etching speaks very much of the maker Mole of Birmingham.
Quality 33 3/4 inch blade in very good condition, very little patina (inert black rust staining), firm in the hilt. The hilt is also very good; it has a steady tarnish (easily removed if desired) over the plated guard with no sign of rust spots. The black fishskin grip in very good condition, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. Leather hilt insert, sword knot and field service scabbard all with some age / wear but really very good for their age. The sword sheathes and draws very well.
What a great sword, one of the best, really. What, only was £? (too late, now sold)? We are crazy. Please quote item reference X19. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1262-121x19x16 (2.093).