A good Victorian 1822/45 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword.
The guard of 'solid' 1822 pattern, without folding guard. Of typical brass construction in the gothic style, which is in generally good condition, with some minor deformation. Crowned VR cypher within a cartouche. The sword is solid in the hilt.
The 1845 pattern single fullered blade is marked at the ricasso with the retailers details "Andrews 9 Pall Mall". Interestingly, the blade has no proof slug which to me would indicate that his may be an early 1845 pattern blade.
William Andrews was registered as a Military tailor at this address between 1831 and 1868.
The blade carries a cartouche with an armorial device of a bulls head. This crest may open up an avenue for research
It also carries the standard foliate etching, and crowned VR cypher to both sides of the blade, all of which is still clear and legible.
Serial number to the blades spine, along with a Centre of Percussion marking.
Blade length 32 inches. The blade has a slight bend, but could be realigned if desired.
Housed in its original brass scabbard with twin suspension rings, for officers of field rank. Free from major dings, dents or splits.
Overall condition is good, with room for improvement, and always a bonus to find a sword with research potential.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.
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