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1822/45P Victorian British Infantry Officer's Sword, for sale

In good condition (scabbard as found), a 1822/45P Victorian British Infantry Officer's Sword with unusual star studded scabbard.

1822/45P Victorian British Infantry Officer's Sword, Unusual Star Scabbard

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We do not know what the stars on this scabbard are for. They may simply be embellishments for the blade tip grip mechanism found in this scabbard (the tip of the blade is gripped between two sprung plates, affixed to the leather section of the scabbard with star studs), they be connected with the Middlesex Regiment (their HQ used a 5 pointed star), or maybe rank, or maybe the Order od the Star of India which uses a 5 pointed star. In any event, this is a very unusual scabbard and the tip retaining mechanism is a good part of why the scabbard has issues in that area.

The 31 1/4 inch blade is in good condition, period sharpened, almost now plain (it was never fully decorated as an early tablet style block can just be made out) and firm in the hilt. The hilt very good for its age, some bending to the hilt / guard as is common for these frail brass hilted "gothic" hilts. The black fishskin grip and associated twisted grip wire bindings in very good order. The folding section of the guard works well. The leather scabbard is quite good except for the area around the stars, and has suffered from the internal blade retention mechanism.

Odd, unusual, worthy of research. Yours for £350. Please quote item reference AB06. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 0104-1m (2.001).

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