I am hoping someone here can give me some information on a sword my grand father has given me as part of an early inheritance.
So far through my own research (And please correct me if I am wrong) I have discovered:
* The sword is British
* Was made in the Victoria Regime era (Photo Attached)
* Has a brass slug with PROVED stamped on it (Photo Attached)
* It is either a light infantry or Artillery sword (Need assistance deciphering the regiment etching (Photo Attached))
* Was either made by OR the retailer who sold the sword was Keane & Co, Cork (Photo Attached)
Confirmation of the above points would be appreciated!
In addition, there is an arrow etched into the spine of the blade with what looks like the letter V (photo attached) and a crown with the letter B or R under it (Photo Attached) I cannot find any reference to either of these marks and i'm curious who is the maker of the blade if not Keane & Co?
There is no serial Number stamped on the blade, Hilt or scabbard.
Any further information anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Post by Jordan Williams on Jan 5, 2020 17:57:40 GMT
Are you sure that's Keane and not Keawe?
They would be the retailer. The sword is most likely imported from Solingen and then sold to them.
If it was an infantry officer sword it would have the infantry officer hilt. So it's an artillery officers sword. However the blade may determine whether mounted or not. The etching might have the words "royal/volunteer artillery". Though it may be a light cavalry officer sabre if properly sized, and has no etching bearing it to be an artillery sabre.
Post by Jordan Williams on Jan 6, 2020 4:56:29 GMT
Here are the two most recent I have had. The smaller of these weighed 718 grams and was Crimea/Mutiny use, the larger pre numbered Wilkinson from the same, perhaps earlier era, at 800 grams. Solingen Vs. English maker.
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