A scarce Edwardian South Indian Railway Volunteer Rifles officers sword.
The South Indian Railway Volunteer Rifle Corps were raised in August 1884, comprising of railway workers and staff.
This example dates to the reign of Edward VII (1901-1910).
Marked to the "Hobson&Sons, 1,3,5, Lexington St, London" a military cutler and outfitter.
1827 Pattern Rifle Officers hilt, the guard gothic design with crowned strung bugle within a cartouche. Retaining good shape with some minor dents and loss to the original plating. Chequered backpiece with domed pommel. Shagreen grip with twistwire binding in good condition, but with some areas of loss, mostly on the right hand side.
Single fullered 32.5 inch 1892 pattern blade, with retailer markings to one ricasso. The other carries the proof slug markings, which appears to be that of Pillin, who is known to have supplied swords to Hobson&Sons. Fully etched blade, with vacant panel, crowned ERVII royal cypher, and strung bugle surmounted with "South Indian Railway Volunteer Rifles".
Blade with good clear etching, some areas of light pitting, dark staining and minor edge nicks. Generally good untouched condition which should improve with a gentle cleaning.
Housed within a plated steel dress scabbard. Likely not original to the sword, but a good fit, and of the correct pattern. Some minor dents, slightly mishapen, and with a missing throat screw.
A good untouched sword to a scarce Indian volunteer unit, which will benefit from some TLC.
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