In very good condition, a Victorian British Volunteer Rifle Officer’s Sword and Scabbard
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No maker’s or retailer’s mark to be found, just the number “168” to the spine; the tablet form place for a retailer’s name suggesting the sword is Birmingham made and sold via a retailer who did not have enough business / was not prepared to pay for their name to be added, or that the officer customer did not want the retailer’s name added. In any event, a very high quality, supremely well etched sword. Late Victorian but the blade is pre-1892.
The very well etched 32 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The plated steel hilt / guard very good but with some inert light rust patches. The fishskin grip very good but the section under the pommel has a split (quite common as this area is where the most pressure / wear is focused); the associated twisted grip wire bindings very good. The plated steel scabbard has some inert small rust patches particularly one side towards the chape, but otherwise very good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Very high quality example at well above average condition; very well priced at was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference X97. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box? X97-119x16x15 (2.017).