1822/45P Victorian British Infantry Officer's
In good condition (scabbard as found), a 1822/45P Victorian British
Infantry Officer's Sword with unusual star studded scabbard.
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 £? (too late,
now sold). Please quote item reference AB06 (0104). Further / full
sized images available upon request.