In very good condition, a mid 19C / Crimean War era British Rifle Brigade Officer’s Sword and Scabbard, period sharpened
Etched to Moore & Co, Late Bicknells & Moore, 1 Old Bond Street, London, with G (Bicknell) & W (Moore) proof slug, which dates it from 1838 to 1851; almost certainly 1850’s. The blade has been period regimentally / field sharpened (age patina to the sharpening) and has a couple of nicks to the cutting edge, raising the distinct prospect it not only saw service in the Crimean War, but was used there. NB This is a Rifle Brigade Regiment Officer’s Sword, not a volunteer rifle officer’s sword.
The 31 3/4 inch period sharpened blade is in very good condition, etching still very clear, very little patina, and firm in the hilt. The plated steel hilt has tiny rust freckles but is very good. The fishskin grip and associated grip wire bindings are very good. The plated steel scabbard in good condition. The sword sheathes and draws a little loosely, so the internal wooden slats have gone, which is hardly surprising for a fighting sword that is 150+ years old.
A really stunning above average example, and an evocative investment at just £625. Please quote item reference X80. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1337-101x18x16 (2.030)