A good untouched example of an 1897 Pattern Infantry officers sword.
This example produced by Wilkinson Sword, Pall Mall, London. The blades serial number is 35813, Dating the sword to May 1898, making it early example of the 1897 pattern, fit for the Boer War.
The 32.5 inch blade is etched with the crest of "a Dexter Hand Holding A Scimitar" along with the latin motto "Fortes fortuna juvat" (Fortune asststs the brave)
This is the motto of the Dickson Family.
With these details and some further research, it should be possible to attribute the sword.
The sword was recently uncovered in an attic, and is in need of some careful cleaning to bring it back up to collectors standard.
1897 pattern hilt with rust and tarnish, carrying the remains of the sword knot (acorn absent) Chequered backpiece and shagreen grip bound with silver twistwire.
Well etched single fullered 1892 pattern blade, with manufacturers details and proof marking to either ricasso, along with the standard foliate etching and Royal cypher and coat of arms. The blade generally bright and with some dark staining/pitting towards the tip, and old dried grease.
The steel mounted leather scabbard is fitted with its original frog. Both frog and scabbard are dry, and could use a feed and polish. The steel mounts are in need of a clean and polish.
Truly untouched swords are becoming few and far between, so a great opportunity for somebody to preserve this sword for the future, and research its original owner.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.
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