A delightful 1822 pattern infantry officers sword, with early 1845 pattern blade, carrying both a family crest and officers initials, by the well regarded firm of Maynard&Harris.
A fascinating feature on this sword, is that although the blade is of 1845 pattern, it does not carry a proof slug. Instead, one ricasso is deeply struck with the word "Maynard" etched above is the word "Warranted" and below the word "Proved". The other ricasso carries the names "Maynard&Harris" although these are now quite faint, and the Leadenhall Street address below cannot be made out easily.
The blade also carries the original owners initials "F.C." with the owners crest in the same place on the opposite side of the blade. it also features the usual decorative etching, floral swags, and a crowned VR cypher. The blade measures 32.5 inches. Some old areas of dark staining/pitting, particularly to the blades spine. Blade otherwise bright and in good condition. No movement between the blade and the hilt.
The grip is covered in shagreen and bound in copper twistwire. This is in generally good condition, although stained with old polish, and would benefit from a sympathetic clean. The guard itself is well formed and in good condition, and not suffering from any deformation. The quillion is present, as is the fully functioning, and well sprung inner folding guard. The pommel is stepped, with scallopped back piece. Old polish to the entire hilt. It still retains its original black leather hilt liner, which is rarely encountered.
Retained in its original black leather scabbard with gilt brass mounts, with twin hanging rings, and a frog stud. The top mount carries the Maynard&Harris cartouch, with an address of "27 Poultry, London". Some shrinkage, the top mount now loose, but still fitting the sword in its entirety.
Given the scabbard address, which the firm moved from in 1847, and the use of the 1845 blade, this sword can be confidently dated within a two year window, which will allow a prospective researcher to identify the original owner.
All in all, a very nice, completely untouched sword, with interesting features and the possibility of further research.
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