This is an excellent example of a Victorian, Crimean War period British 1845 pattern infantry Field officer’s sword. The sword was retailed by the military tailor, John B. Johnstone between 1846 and 1854.
The 825mm 1845 “Wilkinson” pattern blade has a flat spine with a half-width fuller running for two-thirds of its length. The blade terminates in a spear point and is etched with panels of foliate scrollwork above and below Queen Victoria’s crowned Royal cypher.
The blade is in excellent condition, retaining its original polish with only a few speckles of pale tarnish towards the point.
The ricasso is faintly etched with a proof mark associated with J. B. Johnstone, a military tailor who held premises at 27 Jermyn Street, St. James’s. London between 1846 and 1854.
The Gothic brass guard is of the earlier 1822 pattern with the hinged side piece. The guard is in good condition with some minor distortion to the outer bar. The guard retains its gilding and original black shagreen liner. An oval within the guard bears Queen Victoria’s cypher. The shagreen wrapped grip is in very good condition and the twisted copper wire is intact and tight. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its field officer’s brass scabbard with twin suspension rings. The scabbard is in good condition with a few small, shallow dings. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a very fine example of a senior infantry officer’s sword, dating to the time of the Crimean War.
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