In overall good condition, a rare 1845 Pattern Victorian British Black Etched Infantry Officers Sword by Buckmaster of London
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Not grey / gray etched but beautifully black etched. Etched to famed quality sword cutler “Buckmaster 3 New Burlington Street London”. The sword dates from 1845 to 1854; this is an 1845 pattern courtesy of the folding guard and fullered blade.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is supremely well etched and that etching is still very clear. A fair amount of inert rust / light pitting, thankfully mostly away from the etching as as patina is black, it compliments the etching colour anyway. Blade firm in hilt. The brass hilt has some gilt remaining and s good overall, plus some of the leather hilt insert remains (leather aged, dry and cracked). The black fishskin grip and associated grip wire bindings in very good condition. The sword knot a bonus but aged / worn and the acorn detached. The leather scabbard has had leather balsam applied (is it was very dry), so it a little tacky but good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Very rare to see these. Great price, was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference X73. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1320-121x18x16 (2.010).