Pattern 1854 Infantry Officers Sword

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Pattern 1854 Infantry Officers Sword

Postby Rural53 » 05 Apr 2016 09:43

This arrived today, my first sword.

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(Photos from the auction site)

No makers marks or serial number.
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Close up of the proof slug.

Scabbard is painted black.
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Re: Pattern 1854 Infantry Officers Sword

Postby Will Mathieson » 05 Apr 2016 15:22

This sword appears to date 1860's, 70's. The steel scabbard is up to the Capt. rank. Painted black scabbard is typical of post service work done to cover corrosion. The sword itself is in good shape, the folding guard was abolished in 1854 but continued on for some years depending on maker. This sword does not have the folding guard.
How long is the blade 32" ?
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Re: Pattern 1854 Infantry Officers Sword

Postby Rural53 » 06 Apr 2016 00:47

Yes, 32"
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Re: Pattern 1854 Infantry Officers Sword

Postby Rural53 » 23 May 2016 06:16

Should I be removing the paint from the scabbard? I assume I would need to do this chemically in case there is etching under it.

Can some one post a photo looking in the open end of a similar scabbard. Is there supposed to be a "guide" at the top or is it just open?
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Re: Pattern 1854 Infantry Officers Sword

Postby Will Mathieson » 23 May 2016 14:59

If the paint is modern, shiny looking it could be removed, there would be no etching on a scabbard.
Scabbards do have a scabbard mouth, in this case held by 2 small screws. Sometimes flat metal strips attached to the mouth either side act as a spring to help hold the blade or you could see wooden strips on either side as blade protection.
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