1822P HEIC Indian Infantry Officer's Sword,
In good though aged / worn condition, a rare 1822 pattern Honourable
East India Company Indian Infantry Officer's Sword.
The cursive almost French style of etching gives it away, plus
a later broad arrow over "I" mark to the ricasso / forte.
This is a rare sword, one for an Indian infantry officer serving
within the HEIC. Circa 1837- 1841 (pipe back blade and scabbard
retaining frog button), the Indian Broad Arrow mark was likely added
in 1858, when the British Army took over from the EHIC's own military.
The 32 1/4 inch pipe-back blade is in good condition with good
amounts of the fine gilt etching remaining. Blade firm in the hilt.
The gilt on brass "gothic" hilt has suffered some damage
(bending) as is common with this much derided though beautiful hilt
design. The fishskin grip is generally good though the associated
grip wire bindings have suffered with losses and looseness. The
leather and metal fittings scabbard is aged but overall good, the
lower fitting loose, the middle fitting slightly loose. The sword
sheathes and draws well. The folding guard section works well.
Much scarcer than an English officer's 1822P. A steal at just £600.
Please quote item reference number P59. Full sized / additional
photos available upon request. Box 0024-1m (1.824).