Stock Ref: AST 1797

A very good clean example of a frost etched mid Victorian period senior Infantry Officers sword with brass scabbard.

This sword has been reserved until the 17 August

82.5cm (32.5”) slightly curved single fullered blade with rounded back and spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 7 inches. The blade has been combat sharpened. The frost etched blade has the crowned royal cypher for Victoria and scrolling foliage on both sides, and the makers name on one side and a brass proof disc on the other.

Brass gothic style hilt with a cartouche containing the royal cypher for Victoria, a stepped pommel with flattened circular tang button and acanthus patterned back piece. Fish skin grip with copper brass wire. There are the remains of the original leather lining.

Maker: May & Son Sackville Street, London

Date: 1854 – 1872. (The fold down guard was abandoned in 1854 and the black leather lining to the hilt in c1872)

Brass scabbard with two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age. The blade is free from rust and there is only minimal staining towards the point. There are no knicks. The etchings remain as new. The hilt is in very good condition and is firm on the tang. The grip and wiring are in good order there is a small amount of wear to the fish skin near the pommel. The scabbard is in very good condition with minimal denting. One of the retaining screws for the throat is missing.

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