BRITISH 1827 RIFLE OFFICERS SWORD – VOLUNTEER RIFLES – VICTORIAN

Stock Ref: AST 1829

A good example of an early Volunteer Rifle Officers sword probably for one of the London Rifle Companies.

81.5cm (32”) slightly curved single fullered blade with rounded back and spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 10”. The blade is etched on one side with the crowned royal cypher for Victoria, scrolling foliate designs and the makers name, and on the reverse with a strung bugle horn with the words Volunteer Rifles, scrolling foliate designs and a brass proof mark.

Darkened steel gothic style hilt with cartouche containing a crowned strung bugle horn. Steel back piece and stepped pommel with flattened tang button. Darkened grip with silver wire. Black leather sword knot.

Maker: Hebbert & Co Pall Mall, London (Traded under this name from 8 Pall Mall East between 1850 – 1864)

Dated: 1859 – 1864 (Volunteer Rifle Companies were formed across the country from 1859 in response to a perceived threat from the French)

Darkened steel scabbard with two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age. The blade is in very good condition with only very minor staining, there are no knicks. The etchings remain clear. The hilt is in good condition and firm on the tang. The sword knot is in good condition for its age. The scabbard retains its original darkened finish. There are some minor dents. The seam is good.

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£425.00