Early Victorian 1st Manchester Rifle Volunteers
Officers Sword, For Sale
In overall good condition, a rare early Victorian 1st Manchester
Rifle Volunteers officers sword.
An early Victorian version of the rifle officer's pattern sword,
denoted by its solid cartouche (later versions of this pattern the
strung bugle badge is pierced). Circa 1845. No maker's / retailer's
mark but the shield to the ricasso means it is likely Sheffield
made and sold via a smaller retailer / outfitter with no etching
stencil at the makers.
The 32 1/3 inch blade has a steady patina both sides, one side
the etching clearer than the other. Blade firm in the hilt. The
hilt / guard overall sound / good but with a solid patina, the engraved
detail (strung bugle under crown) to the cartouche is feint. The
twisted grip wire bindings and fishskin grip are both very good.
A rare chance to get one of these and for only £400. Please
quote item reference S98. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 0721-1m (1.642).