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1895 Pattern Infantry Officer's Sword - West Yorkshire Regt

Description: A nice example of the rare 1895 pattern sword. The blade and hilt are in good condition with no corrosion or pitting. The hilt has been re-plated at some time and a very small area of plating at the lip of the top of the guard is missing. The shagreen to the grip has been re-coloured and the wiring, though present, has a few loose strands. The blade is numbered and the proof slug may indicate that the sword was made by Pillin. The dress scabbard is in good condition with just a small area of light surface corrosion between the mounts. The guard is inscribed with BLR, Chemin des Dames, 20th September 1914, West Yorkshire Regiment’.

Provenance: The B L R referred to in the inscription is almost certainly Bertram Louis Ratcliffe. He is mentioned as being a 2nd Lt serving with the WYR on 09/09/14. 2nd Lt, later Capt, Ratcliffe was awarded the MC for his actions during the Great War. He was captured at Chemin des Dames then later became the first British officer to escape from a German custody and reach England during WWI. The sword was made over a decade prior to Ratcliffe’s entry into the army and it is therefore difficult to attribute its ownership to him, though there must be some association.

Price: £495

Catalogue Number: ES0029

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