1845 Pattern British Infantry Officer's Sword,
In very good condition, a 1845 Pattern British Infantry Officer's
Etched at the ricasso to "C Smith & Sons, Piccadilly,
London"; Piccadilly being a highly prestigious location. Charles
Smith was a highly respected accouterment maker (was once appointed
to King Edward VII as gold and silver laceman). Charles Smith &
Sons operated from 12 Piccadilly from 1836 to 1859. This sword was
made by someone else (there are feint stamped letters to the spine
"EEVE", so made by Reeves at Air Street Piccadilly). This
pattern of sword was used / made from 1845 to 1854.
The 32 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition, just a couple of
small patina / inert rust spots, some scuffing around the ricasso,
firm in the hilt. The brass hilt is in very good condition, the
folding guard section works well. The fishskin grip is a little
worn but still very good, as are the twisted grip wire bindings.
The browned steel scabbard has a bit of light rust pitting but is
overall good to very good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
One of the best examples you are likely to find, especially at
only: £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
R70 (0549). Further / full sized photos available upon request.