Stock Ref: AST 1860

A good example of a Rifle Officers sword from the latter part of Victoria’s reign by a leading London sword cutler.

83.5cm (32.5”) slightly curved single fullered blade with rounded back and spear point. The blade is double edged for the last 7”. The blade is etched on one side with the crowned royal cypher for Victoria and scrolling foliate designs and on the other with a strung bugle horn and scrolling foliate designs. On one side there is the makers name and on the other a brass proof disc. The blade has been combat sharpened.

Steel gothic style hilt with crowned strung bugle cartouche and fixed inner guard. Steel back piece, and stepped pommel. Fish skin grip bound with copper brass wire. The steel has been browned.

Maker: Firmin and Sons Limited 153 Strand London (Traded from this address and under this name between 1880-1894. Founded in 1673 the firm traded under a number of names and from different addresses in London, Birmingham and Dublin through to 1968 making it one of the oldest and most established firm of sword cutlers in the country.)

Dated: 1880 – 1894

Steel scabbard with two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in good condition for their age and service use. The blade has some staining but no active rust. The etchings remain clear. The hilt is intact and firm on the tang it has been browned and there are some traces of black pint. The fish skin grip is in good condition some of the wire bindings are slightly loose. The scabbard has some staining but is otherwise intact – the seam is good.

The browning of the hilt and the sharpened blade suggest that this sword may have seen active service.

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