British 1897 Pattern British Indian Army Officers Sword. Edward VII

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This British 1897 pattern infantry sword was made for an officer serving in India and commanding an Indian regiment between 1901 and 1910.

The 814mm thrusting blade is of dumbbell form with a short, wide central fuller on both sides and a flat spine tapering to a spear point. The blade is bright and rust free and is etched with foliate scrollwork surrounding the crowned King Edward VII, Emperor of India ERI cypher above a laurel and palm wreath. The etching is clear but faint as a result of years of polishing. The etching on the obverse of the blade also shows the ERI crowned cypher amidst foliate and floral scrollwork. The ricasso bears a brass proof stud associated with the Thurkle family of sword makers, in particular Edward and Francis Thurkle. The blade retains its original washer and is firm in the hilt.

The steel bowl guard is of 1897 pattern and bears the ERI cipher of Edward VII, Emperor of India amidst a pierced foliate design. The knurled steel back strap has a stepped oval pommel through which the tang is peened. The shagreen grip is in good condition and the triple strands of twisted wire binding are intact.

The brown leather covered field scabbard is in good condition for its age and service. The stitching is intact and tight and there are scuffs and marks consistent with use. The plated steel locket and chape are in good condition. The front of the chape has four shallow dings. The sword sheaths and draws well and is held firmly in the scabbard.

This is a good, clean example of an Edwardian British Indian army officer’s sword.