This Victorian Rifle officer’s sword has a single-edged 826mm Wilkinson (1845) pattern blade with a flat spine above a broad single fuller. The blade tapers to a double-edged spear point. The spine is 8mm thick and the blade is 26mm wide at the ricasso.
The blade is etched with Queen Victoria’s royal cipher amidst foliage and scrollwork panels. The obverse of the blade has the Rifle Brigade’s strung horn over a ribbon bearing the word “Rifles.” The ribbon above the Rifle’s badge is blank – presumably for the purchaser to have their regiment’s designation engraved there.
The Gothic steel guard is in excellent condition and incorporates an oval cartouche containing the crowned, strung horn badge of the Rifle Regiment. The fish skin grip is in good condition with slight wear and fading from years of use. The twisted brass wire is in good condition and tight.
The steel scabbard has a brass throat and two suspension rings. The scabbard is in overall great condition. The scabbard has one shallow dent about half way down.
This sword is in overall great condition. The blade is firm in the hilt.