A scarce and desirable 1834 Pattern 1st Life Guards Officers Sword.
This example is a special order officers sword fitted with a plain fighting blade of "Toledo" pattern, almost certainly produced by Wilkinson for retail by the tailor Hawkes of Picadilly.
The unusual "Rapier" style blade measures 38 inches, and carries twin fullers for half of its length, before the terminating into a spear point thrusting blade. These last 22 inches show some signs of sharpening, particularly on the back edge, whith some minor contact nicks to the front edge. A heavy spear pointed blade would have been advantageous against the notoriously difficult to pierce Russian great coats worn during the Crimea.
The retailers markings at the ricasso "Hawkes&Co, Manufacturers to the Queen" within an elaborate cartouche amongst floral spray decoration". To the other side the special cursive Hawkes "H" proof slug within a large starburst. The rest of the blade is completely plain and business-like. The spine bearing the Hawkes order number.
The combination of markings and features would date this sword to circa 1855, making this a perfect Crimea period example.
Housed in its correct and original brass mounted steel scabbard, which is free from any serious dings and dents.
The sword comes in fantastic untouched condition, it has been housed in its original chamois lined black leather bag for many years, which has protected the sword well, the scabbard showing the oily case hardened finish. The bag has suffered, but could be rapiared, and has done its job admirably. There are some indistinct markings to the inside of the bag, which warrant further investigation.
The whole sword would benefit from a gentle clean and polish. Done very sympathetically this sword will be the pinnacle of a Crimean cavarly connection.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.
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