Stock Ref: AST 1838

This sword has been reserved until 9 October 2018

A very good example of a rarer early Victorian East India Company naval officers fighting sword by a London maker.

73.5cm (29”) slightly curved heavy single edged blade with flat back and spear point. The blade is double edged for the last 10” and has been combat sharpened. The blade is decorated on both sides with a Lion (The Company’s symbol) above a fouled anchor and scrolling foliage. On one side is the makers name and on the other a brass proof disc.

Solid brass gothic style hilt with a cartouche containing the Company’s Lion above a fouled anchor. Hinged inner guard and piercings for sword knot. Lion pommel with mane backpiece. Sharkskin grip bound with copper/brass wire.

Maker: Possibly Elkington & Co 22 Regent Street, London

Dated: 1846 – 1857 (The absence of a locking pin on the turned down guard suggests this was an earlier sword – The Indian Mutiny in 1857 saw the end of the East India Company)

Black leather scabbard with brass fittings and with two fixed rings on the throat.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age and service use. The blade has suffered from some earlier rust damage (now removed) but is generally in good condition the etchings remain clear. The hilt is in very good order and firm on the tang. There is some staining to the fish skin grip, the bindings are sound. The scabbard leather is in good condition with only minor scuffing the seam is sound. The locket has some wear, the chape is probably a later replacement.

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