A scarce VRI 1822/92 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword.
A short lived pattern, utlising the modern 1892 pattern blade, with the old 1822 pattern infantry officer hilt. Within three years of the new blade being introduced, the old style hilt was replaced with the 1895 pattern, so this pattern only existed for three years.
Brass regulation hilt with the Imperial VRI cypher within a cartouche, no signs of deforamation, and nicely toned. Shagreen bound with twistwire in good order, and without loss. The scarcer VRI hilt adds to the scarcity of this example.
The 33 inch, 1892 pattern single fullered blade, by "E.Thurkle Maker, Soho, London" Decorated with floral etching and crowned VRI cypher. The blade very good indeed, clean and bright, with some minor staining, mostly around the base of the blade, and old grease.
Housed in it's steel dress scabbard with twin hanging rings. Old rust and grime for its entire length, but should clean well.
The whole untouched and as found. The sword would benefit from a careful clean and polish to bring it back to top collectors condition.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.
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