British 1845 Pattern Infantry Field Officers Dress Sword. Excellent Blade Etching

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This is a beautiful example of a Victorian, Crimean War period British 1845 pattern infantry Field officer’s dress sword made by W. Buckmaster & Co. between 1846 and 1854.

The 830mm slightly curved, “Wilkinson” pattern blade has a flat spine above a wide single fuller that runs for two-thirds of its length. The spine is clearly marked with a centre of percussion arrow. The blade is double-edged for the last 300mm and terminates in a spear point.  The blade is crisply and deeply etched with arches above a cornucopia from which spring oak boughs with acorns intertwined with laurel sprigs and below that, the rayed and crowned cypher of Queen Victoria. Below the Royal Cypher, the flowers of the Union are beautifully represented, followed by scrolled foliate work and finally a trophy of arms. The obverse of the blade is deeply etched with arches and scrolled foliate panels above and below Queen Victoria’s cypher, stylised pineapples and the Royal coat of arms showing a lion and unicorn rampant with the motto, “Dieu et Mon Droit.”

The ricasso bears the ornate, italicised WB &Co. brass proof disk of W. Buckmaster & Co. encircled by the words, “Warranted proved by.”

The obverse ricasso bears the maker’s details, “W. Buckmaster & Co., 3 New Burlington St. London.” W. Buckmaster & Co. traded from this premises from 1841 until 1884.

The blade bears some of the best etching I have encountered and is in excellent condition with a great, pale patina.

The Gothic brass guard is in very good condition with some tiny nicks/marks to the bars and slight deformation of the central arch where it meets the Royal cypher. The guard is of the earlier 1822 pattern with the folding section. An oval within the guard bears Queen Victoria’s cypher above the Flowers of the Union. The guard’s folding section has a good, crisp action. The shagreen wrapped grip is in very good condition with minor age related shrinkage. The twisted copper wire is intact and tight. The blade is firm in the hilt.

The sword is complete with its senior officer’s gilt brass scabbard with twin suspension rings. The scabbard is in very good condition with a small ding below the second ring band. The scabbard throat is missing one of its screws. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly.

This is a very fine example of a senior infantry officer’s dress sword, dating to the time of the Crimean War and with excellent, high quality blade etching.