A good Victorian Scottish Officers Broadsword.
It was retailed by "Gardiner&Co, 134 St Vincent Street, Glasgow" who operated from this address between 1883 and 1886. It is etched at the ricasso. Looking at the proof slug to the opposite side, the sword was likely produced by the London firm of Pillin.
Fully etched double fullered blade measuring just shy of 33 inches. Decorated with foliage and thistles, and the crowned VR cypher.
The hilt is a full 1828 pattern steel basket and domed cruxiform pommel, which can be removed for addition of the cross hilt. Good overall condition, slight misalignment to the front bars/horns. It benefits from having its original scarlet and liner, with the remains of its royal blue outer ribbon. The shagreen grip bound with copper twistwire, and in very good condition.
Both basket and blade are numbered "153".
Housed in its original steel dress scabbard with twin hanging rings and correct ball finial. This has been plated at some point during its service life, and now has some areas of loss.
A good, and completely original Victorian Officers broadsword, which can be narrowed down to a three year period of manufacture.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.
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