This 1897 pattern army officer’s sword is in mint, parade ready condition and would be ideal for a serving officer in the British army.
The 820mm single edged blade is of dumbbell form with a short, wide single fuller on both sides and a flat spine tapering to a spear point. The blade is in absolutely mint condition and is beautifully etched with foliate scrollwork surrounding the crowned royal arms and cypher of Queen Elizabeth II above crossed laurel and palm fronds. The blade is also etched with the name of the Deputy Lieutenant for Shropshire. The ricasso is marked with the maker’s trademark and name, Firmin, established 1655.
The chromed steel bowl guard is of 1897 pattern and bears the royal cypher of Elizabeth II amidst a pierced foliate design. The plating is in mint condition. The crosshatched back strap has an oval pommel and rounded tang nut. The black shagreen covered grip is in mint condition and the twisted white metal wire is intact and strong.
The sword is complete with its brown leather covered field scabbard. The scabbard is also in mint condition. Accompanying the sword is a dark blue cotton sword bag.
This is a perfect example of a current British army 1897 pattern officer’s sword by Britain’s oldest sword maker, Firmin. The sword would be ideal for a serving or newly commissioned officer.