Stock Ref: AST 1819

A very fine example of a silver plated London Rifle Brigade presentation levee sword with an outstanding frost etched blade to Drill Sergeant J C Tilt .

82.5cm (32.5”) slim slightly curved single fullered blade with a spear point. The blade has a rounded back and is single edged except for the last 9”. The highly decorated frost etched blade has on one side the crowned royal cypher for Victoria, a strung bugle, extensive foliate decoration, and the makers name. On the other extensive foliate decoration and a scroll containing the words ‘London Rifle Brigade presented to Drill Sergt. J C Tilt on the completion of his 21st year of service by the members of G Co.and other old comrades April 1882’, and a silver proof mark.

Plated gothic style hilt with crowned strung bugle horn cartouche. Part cross hatched back piece, stepped pommel with circular flattened tang button. Fisk skin grip with silver wire bindings.

Maker: Silver & Co, London ( Trading from 66&67 Cornhill and 4 Bishopgate Within in 1882)

Dated: April 1882

Black leather scabbard with silver plated mounts and two loose rings.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age. The blade is as new with no tarnish, rust or knicks. The hilt has some minor old rust damage on the edge and by the pommel which has damaged the plating but is otherwise in good condition. It is firm on the tang. The grip and wire bindings are intact. The scabbard is in very good condition, the seam is intact.

The London Rifle Brigade was first raised in the City of London on 14 December 1859 as 1st London (City of London Volunteer Rifle Brigade) Rifle Volunteer Corps. A rifle volunteer unit made up of five companies. On 1 July 1881 it was made part of the King's Royal Rifle Corps as its 9th Volunteer Battalion. Ten years later, in December 1891, it was renamed the 1st London Volunteer Rifle Corps (City of London Volunteer Rifle Brigade).

J C Tilt must have joined the Brigade shortly after its formation to have completed 21 years service in 1882. He was later awarded the Volunteer Force Long Service Medal. This was instituted in 1894 and his medal – Victoria -No 1552 was presented to Colour Sergeant J C Tilt G Company London Rifle Brigade. It was sold in September 2016.

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