In very good condition, a WW1 era Liverpool British Infantry Officer’s Sword and Scabbard.
Sheffield made, for sure (the typical plain steel hilt and etching style gives it away). Etched at the forte / ricasso to retailer CH Sunderland, 28 North John Street, Liverpool. Several examples exist of swords so marked, with the same very distinctive scabbard with fluted steel chape / drag, but we could not find anything about the retailer themself. Almost certainly mid World War One.
The 33 inch well etched blade is in very good condition with just a few small patina spots along the edge area and firm in the hilt. The large bulbous typically Sheffield steel made hilt has some slight age / tarnish but is very good. The black fishskin grip and associated twisted grip wire bindings are also very good, a couple of small feint paint spots come at no extra charge! The leather field service scabbard has some scuffs but is good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A truly well above average example, and a bargain at only £500. Please quote reference X79. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1350-102x19x16 (2.136).