Stock Ref: AST 1806

A good example of a early Victorian Infantry officers sword by a good maker.

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”. The blade is etched on both sides with the crowned royal cypher for Victoria and scrolling foliage. On one side there is the makers name below a royal appointment mark to the Prince of Wales. On the other there is a brass proof disc. The back of the blade has an arrow to show its proof bend. The blade has been combat sharpened.

Brass gothic style hilt with catouche containing the royal cypher for Victoria. Brass backpiece with acanthus decoration and stepped pommel. Fish skin grip bound with brass wire.

Maker: Charles Smith & Co, 12 Piccadilly, London (Smith traded from this address between 1836 – 1859)

Dated: 1845 – 1854 (The Wilkinson fullered blade was introduced in 1845 and the hinged inner guard discontinued in 1854)

Brass scabbard with two loose rings and inner hanging loop.

The sword and scabbard are in good condition for their age and service use, both have an overall patina to the brasswork.  The blade is free from rust but has some staining. The etchings remain clear. The hilt has suffered some distortion which has fractured one of the guards tracery bars where it joins the cartouche, and there is slight movement on the tang. The inner guard has its original hinge and works. There is minor surface wear to the fish skin the bindings are in very good order. The scabbard is intact with minor denting, it has a slight bend.

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