1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword With Earlier Blade

1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword With Earlier Blade

Code: 11817

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An interesting and relatively scarce example of an 1845/97 Infantry Officers Sword.

This blade was originally made by Wilkinson Sword in 1879, dated by  the proof number on the spine. At some time during its service life it has been rehilted and fitted to a George V, 1897 pattern Infantry Officers guard. 

Most such updated swords with 1845 pattern blades were coupled to the earlier 1895 pattern guard, making this example one of the harder combinations to find.

It could have been done by an officer still serving, or recalled to service during WW1, or perhaps by a relative wishing to carry a family heirloom blade.

The plated steel 1897 pattern hilt with George V cypher, fully chequered backstrap, and domed pommel. The grip bound with shagreen and silver twistwire, the latter now loose in places. The grip carries service wear but is complete. Some light rust, wear and staining to the guard and pommel. With the remains of the brown leather sword knot still in place.

The single fullered 1845 pattern blade, measuring 32.75 inches in length. Etched with Wilkinson's details to one ricasso, HW proof slug to the other. Vacant escutcheons, and proof number to the spine, The blade brightly etched with foliate decoration, royal coat of arms, and crowned VR cypher. The blade has been professionally service sharpened during its working life. Good clean condition overall, with some old grease and areas of staining. No movement between the blade and hilt.

Housed in its original steel dress scabbard with twin hanging rings and side loop. Likely refreshed at the same time that the hilt was updated. It is in good condition, and free from any serious dents, dings or splits.

It would benefit from having a new buff leather blade washer made, to cushion the hilt meeting the scabbard mouth. Otherwise, a light clean, and this sword is ready for display.

Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.