BRITISH 1831 MAMELUKE SWORD – EAST INDIA COMPANY

Stock Ref: AST 1820

A very fine example of a rare high quality East India Company Senior Officers sword with a heavily etched blade.

77cm (30.25”) curved unfullered blade with flat back and hatchet point. The blade is single edged except for the last 9” and has been combat sharpened. The blade is etched on both sides with the rampant lion symbol of the East India Company and extensive scrolling foliate designs.

Steel crossguard with finials and langets with a central motif and edge decoration. Ebonised horn grip with two steel floral headed rivets and steel bushed hole for sword knot.

Maker: Not known (East India Company Officers had swords made locally and in the UK – the style of the decoration suggests this may have been Indian made)

Dated: 1831 – 1858

Steel scabbard with two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age. The blade has an overall grey patina but is free from rust and knicks. The etchings remain clear. The crossguard and hilt are intact and undamaged. There are some minor surface cracks in the grip.The scabbard has an overall grey patina and some minor pitting towards the chape from earlier rust. There are minor dents probably from stirrup strikes.

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£1,750.00