Rare 1856 Pattern Royal Marines or Mounted
Drummer's Sword, sold
In good to very good condition, a rare curved blade variant of
the British army drummer's sword, regimentally marked, complete
Marked "RM. PLD. 80" to one edge of the grip, "2.
6I" to the other, these scarce swords do occasionally come
onto the market as Royal Marine drummer swords, but we do not believe
they are, not least the correct name for the Royal Marines at that
time was the Royal Marine(s) Light Infantry, with the abbreviation
"RMLI". We believe these are swords for mounted drummers
/ bandsmen due to the curved sabre type blade and cavalry style
chape to the scabbard. We have not been able to identify the abbreviations,
but suspect they are for the Princess Louise Dragoons (Guards) of
Canada. In any event, it is a worthy research project for someone
and a very rare sword.
The 31 3/8 inch blade is in very good condition, no markings (reinforcing
the fact these were special bespoke swords made for the regiment),
firm in the blade. The brass hilt good; one quillon a little bent,
not much. The leather and brass fittings scabbard is good / sound,
the leather aged and cracked in places, the frog suspension button
missing. The sword sheathes and draws well.
Truly a rare sword and yours for only £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference AA11 (0025). Further / full sized images
available upon request.