Stock Ref: AST 1792

A very good example of a Volunteer Artillery Officers sword

This sword has been reserved until the 27th August

88cm (34.5”) slightly curved single fullered blade with flat back and spear point. The blade is single edged except for the last 11”. The blade is frost etched and decorated on one side with the crowned royal cypher for Victoria, foliate designs and a brass proof disc, and on the other with the winged thunderbolt and 1st East York Volunteer Artillery, foliate designs and the makers name.

Steel three bar hilt with rearward quillon. Partly crossed hatched back piece, stepped pommel and flattened circular tang button. Fishskin grip with copper/brass wire.

Maker: J Greenwood, Fishergate, York

Dated: 1859 -

Steel scabbard with two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age. The blade has some minor staining but is otherwise in very good condition. The frost etching remains clear. There are no knicks. The guard is in very good condition and firm on the tang, as are the fish skin grip and wire bindings. The scabbard is in very good order, there are two early brazed repairs.

The 1st East Yorkshire Volunteer Artillery was formed on the 9 December 1859 in Bridlington under a Captain B Howarth. The Headquarters of the Company later moving to Scarborough in 1862. In 1881 it was merged with the Durham Artillery Volunteers to form a Durham and Yorkshire Royal Garrison Artillery unit having responsibility for most of the North East Coastline

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