British 1821 pattern Volunteer Artillery officer’s sword circa 1860.
The 830mm blade is single edged with a flat spine over a broad, three-quarter length single fuller. The slightly curved blade terminates in a spear point and has a service sharpened edge. The blade is double-edged for the final 220mm.
The blade is etched with a crown above the legend, “Volunteer Artillery” and a field gun. Below the field gun are crossed laurel and palm fronds and crossed lances with pennants. The obverse is similarly etched.
The blade is in excellent condition, with minimal, tiny spots of tarnish and a tiny, use related edge nick. The ricasso bears a brass proof stud that Annis & May, in Swords for Sea Service, identify as being in use by several cutlers in the 1860’s.
The three-bar steel guard is in good condition with mild spots of tarnish and some very shallow pitting. The shagreen covered grip is in very good condition. The three strands of wire binding are intact and tight. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its polished steel scabbard with twin suspension rings. The scabbard is in fair to good condition with shallow pitting and three small dents. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a good example of a Victorian Volunteer Artillery officer’s sword with a clean, etched blade.
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