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1895 Pattern Infantry Officer's Sword - VR Cypher

Description: A nice example of this rare pattern. The hilt is in fair condition with no damage or deflections to the metal and just some slight pitting to the inner face of the guard. Wiring is present and correct and there is no damage to the shagreen. The guard has been stripped of its original plating at some point (though a small area is still present behind the washer.

The blade is in lovely condition with no pitting or knocks to the edge. There is just one small area of tarnishing at the ricasso. the makers ‘plug’ is missing from the ricasso and the spine of the blade does not carry a number so it is not possible to identify the maker, though it is obviously a good quality piece (Mole perhaps?). Both sides of the blade are beautifully and clearly etched with the Victoria’s royal cypher and the ricasso is etched with the name of the outfitters Samuel Brothers of 65 & 67 Ludgate Hill London (this company operated between 1830 and 1965).

The scabbard has also been stripped but is otherwise in fair condition with no knocks or dents. Both suspension rings are present and so is the wooden liner.

Note: It should be possible to restore this sword to its former glory i.e. if the hilt and scabbard were to be re-plated and a little attention given to the blade.

Provenance: None known.

Price: £295

Catalogue No: ES0041

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