BRITISH 1822 SERGEANTS SWORD - VICTORIAN

Stock Ref: AST 2014

A very good example of an 'intermediate' pattern from the early part of Victoria's reign.

83cm (32.5”) slightly curved, single fullered flat backed blade with a quill point. The blade has been sharpened previously. The blade is unmarked except for a Birmingham Repair Mark and the initial R on the back of the blade (possibly Reeves).

Gilt brass gothic style hilt with cartouche containing the crowned royal cypher for Victoria. Grey fish skin grip with copper/brass wire bindings. Stepped pommel and acanthus decorated back piece.

Maker: Possibly Reeves

Dated: 1837 - c1845

Steel scabbard with two loose rings. Stamped 134

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age and service use. The blade is clean and free from rust and staining. There are forging marks on the blade. The hilt is in very good condition and firm on the tang. There is wear to the gilt finish and overall patination to the brass. The fish skin grip and wire bindings are in good condition. There is some service wear. The scabbard is free from dents and is in very good condition the two screws to the throat have been lost.

Robson in his revised edition of Swords of the British Army Page 213 goes into some detail about the Sergeant's swords in use during the early part of Victoria’s reign. In 1822 the new pattern of Officer's sword was introduced for Sergeants, although with a plain blade, and a brass rather than a gilt brass hilt. It would seem that although the Wilkinson fullered blade was officially introduced in 1845 there was a cross over with some retention of the earlier quill point associated with the 1822 pipe back blade, although there is no evidence that Sergeant's carried 'pipe back' blades. The original scabbard for the 1822 was of leather with brass mounts. In this example it has been replaced with an 1866 scabbard.

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