In aged but sound condition, a VRI 1897P Infantry Officer’s Sword with George III blade
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VRI 1897 pattern hilt / guard for a Victorian India service officer, the blade is much earlier, Waterloo era (George III), no doubt a family honour blade, maybe one that was at Waterloo. The slightly curved scabbard speaks pre-1890 so the guard / hilt probably replaced another (1822P/1845P/1854P) Victorian hilt. So this blade has seen some service life!
The 29 inch blade etched with George III cypher and post 1801 British Royal Coat of Arms is aged and worn with some rust patches but is still sound and firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard is aged but good, so too the fishskin grip and twisted grip wire bindings. The slightly curved steel scabbard is rust pitted throughout but stable to sound. The sword sheathes and draws a little loosely.
Wow, if only the blade could speak to us of its past! A very unusual 1897P VRI to say the least, just was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Z43. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1562-golf (1.811).