This is a great example of a Victorian 1845 pattern infantry officer’s sword retailed by Stone & Forster. The sword bears the owners initials, facilitating research into the owner and his military career.
The 820mm “Wilkinson” pattern blade has a broad fuller running for over two-thirds of its length. The blade terminates in a spear point and is etched with panels of scrolling foliage above and below a rayed crown and the cypher of Queen Victoria. A cartouche on the forte bears the owners’ initials, “WE.” The obverse of the blade is etched with similar foliate panels and the crowned cypher of Queen Victoria. The ricasso bears the cutler’s details, “Stone & Forster, York St, St. James’s, London.” Stone & Forster treaded from these premises from 1872 until 1886.
The blade is in good condition with three small edge nicks. The blade was service sharpened but is blunt now. The etching is clear and the blade is free of rust and retains its original polish.
The Gothic brass guard is in good condition. An oval within the guard bears the cypher of Queen Victoria above the Flowers of the Union. The shagreen wrapped grip is in good condition and the twisted copper wire is intact and tight. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its polished steel scabbard with twin suspension rings and a suspension bar. The scabbard is in good condition. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly.
This is a great example of a researchable 1845 pattern infantry officer’s sword.