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PostPosted: Wed 27 Nov, 2019 12:29 pm    Post subject: British P1845 officer's sword         Reply with quote

Folks,

I’m selling a Victorian-era P1845 British officer’s sword collected in Burma in the 1980s. It has suffered moderate damage from spending more than a century in tropical and semi-tropical environments (it went to Savannah, Georgia from Burma).

This example is marked with the VRI cipher (Victoria, Queen and Empress), so it's from after 1876. The blade is in reasonably good condition, although the etching is faded. The ricasso has two broad arrow marks on the obverse side; one appears to be an arrow over what might be the letters LBD, and the other is an arrow over what looks like the numeral 1. There is also a proof slug on the obverse, marked “PROVED” with a crown. The letters are not cleanly cut, and look as though they were double-struck. On the ricasso's reverse side is what appears to be a serial number consisting of an inverted R and the number 17697. This is a combat-weight, rather than a picquet-weight blade; it appears to have been sharpened, but it's not especially keen. The guard and backstrap are brass, in the P1845's Gothic style, with the royal cipher in the cartouche. They are evenly and deeply patinated, with slight deformation of the guard--the knucklebow is slightly flattened and the quillon is a bit twisted. The grip's shagreen cover is missing, as is the wrapping wire. This has resulted in a slight looseness of the hilt, but the construction is still solid, and the wooden grip core is in good condition. The scabbard is steel, rusty overall and rusted through at two points, but the rust is stable without active areas. The wooden lining slats seem to be missing.

Higher-resolution photos are available on request.

I'm asking $425 shipped in the U.S.A.; foreign buyers will have to discuss shipping. I accept PayPal (for Goods and Services, please add 3% to cover the fee) or check or money order. Sorry, no trades. Please send me a PM if you're interested.

Mark Millman



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PostPosted: Wed 27 Nov, 2019 12:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are further photos.


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PostPosted: Wed 27 Nov, 2019 12:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

And here are the last photos.


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PostPosted: Tue 03 Dec, 2019 5:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's possible that this sword may be researchable, but I haven't tried.

And because I'm a bit compulsive, let me note that Burma is now Myanmar.

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Dec, 2019 5:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bump.
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Dec, 2019 3:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Price reduction to $375 shipped.
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jan, 2020 5:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Reduced to $300 shipped.

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PostPosted: Wed 29 Jan, 2020 4:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Folks,

Now reduced to $225 shipped.

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PostPosted: Yesterday at 1:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Folks,

I've reduced the price to $195 shipped.

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