This Victorian, Kent Rifle Volunteers’ sword is exceptional. The quality and condition are fantastic and the sword is very robust.
The 825mm single-edged blade is an early 1845 “Wilkinson” pattern with a pronounced curve. The blade has a flat spine above a broad single fuller and tapers to a 260mm double-edged spear point. The spine is 9mm thick and the blade is 28mm wide at the ricasso.
The blade is etched with foliate scrollwork panels above arches and St. Edwards’ crown. Below the crown is the strung horn of the Rifles above crossed laurels and crossed flags of St. George. The obverse of the blade has foliate scrollwork over arches and St. Edwards’ crown above “Kent Rifle Volunteers.” The Royal cypher of Queen Victoria is etched below, along with crossed flags of St. George.
The ricasso is etched with the cutler’s details, “Holding. Greenwich.” The obverse ricasso bears a gilt brass proof stud. The blade retains its original washer and is in fantastic, near mint condition with some very faint tarnish.
The Gothic steel guard is in very good condition and retains its plating. The guard incorporates an oval cartouche containing the crowned, strung horn badge of the Rifle Regiment. The guard is bright and rust free. The shagreen grip is in excellent condition and the three strands of silver wire are intact and tight. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The plated steel scabbard has a German silver throat and two suspension rings. The scabbard is in great condition with some small patches of tarnish and light pitting. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a fantastic example of a high quality Victorian volunteer rifle officer’s sword. Rifles’ swords are relatively common, finding one in this condition is not.
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