British Early 1845 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword. #2404004

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This early Victorian sword was made soon after the adoption of the “Wilkinson” pattern blade in 1845 and before Britain’s entry into the Crimean War in 1854.

The 830mm single-edged blade has a flat spine above a broad single fuller on both sides and is the “Wilkinson” 1845 pattern. The blade retains its fighting edge and is double-edged for the final 250mm. The blade terminates in a spear point.

The blade is in good condition with some small patches of tarnish and is etched on both sides with arches, foliate scrollwork and the crowned cypher of Queen Victoria. The ricasso bears the cutler’s details, Phillips, 28 Strand. London. Lawrence Phillips traded at these premises from 1829 until 1863.  The obverse ricasso bears a brass proof stud.

The gilt brass guard is of the earlier 1822 pattern with a folding section and bears an oval cartouche containing Queen Victorias’ (1837-1901) Royal cypher. The guard is in good condition, with a shallow crack on the inside of the knuckle bow. The crack does not go through the guard. The action of the folding section is crisp and tight. The shagreen grip is in good condition with three strands of copper wire. The hilt’s back strap has acanthus style decoration flowing into the stepped teardrop pommel with a tang button.

The sword is complete with its original brown leather scabbard with brass fittings. The locket has both a suspension ring and frog stud. The back of the locket bears a shield containing the cutler’s details, Phillips 28 Strand. London.

The leather scabbard helps date the sword to pre-1854. In 1854, new regulations required that a steel scabbard be used. The leather is in good condition, with slight crazing to the original finish and a crease above the chape. The stitching is intact and tight. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.

This is a very good example of an early Victorian infantry officer’s sword made between 1845 and 1854.

£550.00

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