The 1827 pattern Rifle officer’s sword is usually found with an 1845 “Wilkinson” pattern blade. This scarce variant has a blade of the 1892 pattern. The sword was made by Robert Mole of Birmingham, England between 1892 and 1901.
The 815mm single-edged blade has a broad and deep central fuller giving it a dumbbell cross-section for the first half of its length. From the mid-point, the blade has a triangular cross section and tapers to an 85mm double-edged spear point. The blade was service sharpened, probably for use during the Sudanese Campaign (1881-1899), or for the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).
The blades is deeply etched with foliate and geometric patterns above a rayed crown and the strung horn of the Rifle Regiment. Below the rifles’ emblem are crossed palm and acanthus fronds above a blank cartouche. The obverse of the blade is similarly etched and includes the crowned cypher of Queen Victoria. The spine bears the Mole serial number M2473.
The ricasso bears a Mole proof stud. The obverse ricasso bears the maker’s details, Robert Mole & Sons, Birmingham. Makers to the War & India Offices.
The blade is in very good condition. The etching is crisp and clear. The blade retains its fighting edge.
The Gothic steel guard incorporates an oval cartouche containing the crown and strung horn of the Rifle Regiment. The guard is bright and rust free and the plating is in overall good condition with some small areas of tarnish. The shagreen grip is in good condition and the twisted wire is intact and tight. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its plated steel scabbard with twin suspension rings. The scabbard is in good condition with some speckles of mild tarnish and a tiny ding above the shoe on one side. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly.
This is a good example of a scarce 1892 bladed Victorian Rifle officer’s sword by a top English maker.
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