Straight blade with double fuller. Brass interchangeable cross-bar hilt with ball finials and brass removable pommel, black leather washer. Spiral grip of wood covered with shagreen and bound with wire. Brown pigskin leather over wood scabbard, steel throat and chape with ball end finial. All metal parts have been nickel-plated.
The blade is strongly etched with foliate motifs and thistle flowers with leaves, the crown and royal cypher of Edward VII (which dates it to between 1901 and 1910), there is a retailer’s name but this has been very much rubbed away – what can be made out appears to be ‘…yke & Co / Princes St / London W’. There is a cartouche for an owner’s name but one was not added. Six-pointed star proof mark with a ‘PROVED’ slug.
The form of the hilt is one that was officially assigned by Dress Regulations to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, an ‘elongated diamond with conical finials’. However, since the hilts of these swords were fully and easily interchangeable there is considerable latitude for variation and some Scottish swords will have a blade marked clearly to one regiment matched with a different regiment’s hilt. With only the hilt to go on this attribution must remain tentative.
An excellent example of its type. One small nick to one side of the blade near the tip, which is blunted. Some minor wear to raised surfaces of the nickel plating of the hilt and pommel, revealing the brass. Very minor rubbing to the shagreen grip, no losses to the wire binding. Some tiny spots of patina to the blade.
£850 including UK postage - see the Blackthorn Antiques website for purchase, for details on postage elsewhere and for more antique arms not shown on Gunstar.
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