Curved, single-fullered sabre blade, leather washer, three-bar steel hilt with quillon and thumb guard. Steel backstrap with large oval pommel cap and riveted ears over a wood grip, covered with black leather. Plain steel scabbard with two hanging rings.
The ricasso of the blade is marked on one side with a knight’s helm, this mark signifies the maker as C F Kirschbaum of Solingen. Imported German blades are not uncommon on British swords of the period, even those produced for the government. English firms would often buy in German blades then hilt and finish them. On the opposite side of the ricasso is a mark of ‘N’ over ‘3’, probably an inspection mark. The hilt is roughly inscribed with ‘17/D.16.R.A’, a unit and/or rack number.
The black leather of the grip has worn in places revealing the wood beneath, but is firm where it remains. The hilt and backstrap have some light, previously cleaned off pitting. The hilt bars are slightly out of shape, with the middle bar having pushed a little towards the grip and the outermost bar having opened out a little further from the grip.
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