BRITISH 1831 PATTERN – INDIAN DIPLOMATIC SERVICE – MAMELUKE

Stock Ref: AST 1823

A splendid example of a scare Indian Diplomatic Service Sword with a fine frost etched blade and unusually bearing the royal cypher for Edward VII on the hilt and George V on the blade.

85cm (33.5”) curved unfullered blade with a rounded back and a hatchet point. The blade is single edged except for the last 11”. The frost etched blade bears on one side the crowned royal cypher for George V (GRI)  above a laurel wreath, scrolling foliate designs and the makers name, and on the reverse a crowned crossed sword and baton above a laurel wreath, scrolling foliate design and a brass proof disc.

Silvered cross guard hilt with acorn finials heavily decorated with foliate designs with on both sides a circular laurel wreath containing the royal cypher for Edward VII. Two piece plain Ivorine (see note below) grip with gilt floral head studs. Red and gold sword knot.

Maker: Phelps & Co Calcutta (They are listed as Trade Customers by Wilkinson)

Dated: 1910 - 1911 (The presence of both royal cyphers suggests that the blade was imported from England in 1910 and hilted in India)

Polished steel scabbard with two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in excellent condition. The blade is as new. The hilt and grips are undamaged. There is some very slight movement of the cross piece. The sword knot has some staining. The scabbard is in very good condition with only some minor dents towards the chape.

See Robson Swords of the British Army New Edition -Pages 207-8

Note - Ivorine is an artificial product resembling ivory in colour or texture widely used on British swords from the Victorian period onwards.

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£950.00