Stock Ref: AST 1956

An interesting sword retailed under Mole’s registered trademark of Steamer – used from 1860 to 1920.

82.5cm (32.5”) slightly curved single fullered blade with spear point and flat back. The blade is single edged except for the last 9”. The blade is decorated on one side with the crowned royal cypher for Victoria, scrolling foliate designs and the makers name and on the other with a crowned strung bugle horn and the words Rifle Volunteers, scrolling foliate designs and a brass proof disc. The blade has been plated at some time.

Fire gilt gothic style hilt with cartouche containing the royal cypher for Victoria. Fire gilt back piece with acanthus decoration and stepped pommel with flattened ball tang button. Grey fish skin grip and copper brass wire bindings. White buff sword knot.

Maker: Mole & Co (Steamer was the registered trademark for Mole)

Dated: 1860 – 1895

Blackened steel scabbard with two loose rings.

The sword overall is in good condition. The blade has been plated at some point and some of the plating has worn. The original decoration remains clear. The hilt is in good condition and firm on the tang. Some of the fire gilt is worn. The grip has wear commensurate with service use, with some of the fish skin missing. The wire bindings are in good condition. The buff sword knot has minor wear. The scabbard has been painted black at some point.

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