Scarce 1827 pattern Rifle Sergeant’s sword for The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). This was the senior line infantry regiment of the English Army. The regiment had two volunteer battalions, the 1st and 2nd, both of them rifle corps that served alongside the regular army battalions.
2nd volunteer battalion served in South Africa from 1899 to 1904 receiving battle honours for their actions during the Second Boer War (1899–1902).
The 820mm slightly curved blade has a flat spine with a broad, single fuller and terminates in a quill point. The blade has been service sharpened. The ricasso bears an Enfield inspection stamp and the obverse has a Birmingham reissue/repair stamp. The spine is stamped with the maker’s name, Mole, for Robert Mole of Birmingham.
The blade is bright and free of rust. Unfortunately, someone took a grinder to the first 270mm of the blade (from the ricasso), scarring it badly. The blade retains its leather washer and is firm in the hilt.
The Gothic steel guard is in generally good condition with a slight ding to the inner bar. The shagreen is in reasonable condition with service wear and a small loss of shagreen near the bolster. The twisted wire binding is intact and tight.
The quillon is stamped with the date 5, 1895 (May, 1895) and the regimental mark for the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
The sword is complete with its regimentally marked leather and steel scabbard. The leather is in good condition and retains its original black finish. The stitching is intact and strong. The leather is stamped with the manufacture date, 10th April 1895, the War Department Broad Arrow and a Birmingham inspection mark. The steel furniture is in good condition, without rust or damage. The steel locket gives evidence of the long service life of the sword and is stamped with the date ‘7 ’10 (July 1910) and the designation for the Regiment’s territorial force, the 5th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
The regimental history and service life of this sword makes it especially annoying that a foolish individual damaged the blade. Regardless of this it is a good sword to own.