A scarce example of a bandsman’s broadsword that pre-dates the introduction of the regulation pattern band sword in 1856. The sword dates to around 1830, the reign of King William IV.
The 535mm broadsword blade has a double edge and raised medial ridge. The blade widens towards the spear point. The blade is in good condition, bright and clean with only a few specks of shallow pitting and patches of mild tarnish.
The cast brass hilt is in the form of a lion head with an “S” shaped crosspiece ending in flattened ball quillons. The crosspiece has acanthus style languets. The sword retains its original leather washer.
This is a good example of a scarce pre-regulation regimental band sword.