BRITISH 1847 PATTERN RIFLE REGIMENT SWORD.
The blade generally good with all of the etched panels good and clear with the regimental title ‘Victoria Rifles’ between two areas of scroll work, at the lower section of the blade the Coat of Arms of one of the officers of the Regiment, the Coat of Arms appears to be a horse’s head with to the circlet surrounding the horse’s head the motto ‘RIDE THROUGH’. The officer’s initials, which appear to be ‘W.J.F’ in scroll are below the horse’s head, with the retailer’s name ‘Busain & Company, Gerrard Street, Soho, London’ to the flat section of the blade known as the forte. The leather washer is still in position between the blade and the grip. with the 3 bar Nickle hilt having the cut out Rifle Regiment bugle horn surmounted by the Victorian crown. All of the ray skin to the grip is intact with its good grip wire. The steel scabbard is present and undented. Accompanying the sword is a page from the Illustrated London News of April 11th 1868 with a full length engraving of the principal officers of the Victoria Rifles, these officers are all identified, we have not been able to match the initials on the Coat of Arms to any of the officers in the engraving. There are three regiments titled very similarly, we have the Victoria Rifles of Canada, the Victoria Rifles of Nova Scotia, also the Queen Victoria Rifles, which was a Volunteer Rifle Regiment in Great Britain, the Illustrated London News seems to indicate that it is a British Volunteer Unit known as the Victoria Rifles.
Code: 68626 Price: 495.00 GBP