In worn fair condition, a British Crimean War 4th Regt of Foot named infantry officer’s sword.
Bought from the officer’s descendants, the Eccles family themselves (proof of purchase / provenance available), this sword could only be the former property of then Lieutenant Cuthbert Eccles of the 4th Regiment of Foot (King’s Own Royal Regiment), who carried the Regimental Colours at the Battle of Alma on the 20th September, 1854. Cuthbert Eccles was also at Inkerman, the Siege and Fall of Sevastopol and took part in the Assaults of 18th June and 8th September, 1855; this very sword would have been with him throughout the war / those famous battles (which explains the damage and wear). Cuthbert Eccles went on to become a general with that same regiment; you can find details on him here.
The blade has been rounded at the tip; it looks like as a result of use rather than making the weapon safer after it was retired. There is also a period nick to the cutting edge and the less than tough brass hilt / guard certainly looks to have been through the wars. Finally, the scabbard has period strong field repair. This sword has seen active service / battle conditions for sure.
The period sharpened (past the etching to the point) slightly shortened 31 1/8 inch blade is in good condition otherwise, the etching still very clear, blade firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard with inwards buckling indicative of a harsh service life is nonetheless still sound / fairly good. The fishskin grip has a lot of wear, especially at the edges and under the pommel showing it has been held very tightly and often. The twisted grip wire bindings are still present but somewhat squashed into each other in places; again a sure sign of being held very tightly, often. The brass scabbard (brass for the carrying of the colours) is well worn, with a period field repair, but is still quite good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Crimean War swords that have been in the thick of battle throughout that war don’t come much better; hold it and just imagine the history. You can for £750. Please quote item reference ZZ65. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1727-98x15x14 (1.555)