Posted 8 months ago
This is a 1897 pattern British Infantry Officers sword, this would have been made by Wilkinson in the UK and exported to India and retailed by Walter Locke & Co. Ltd. of Calcutta Lahore Delhi, for the British Army in India. The pierced steel hilt has the letters GRI on it for George Regina India and this is also etched on the blade. It has a shark skin and wire grip, a fuller running most of the length of the blade, and no edge on the blade. The scabbard is pressed steel with a leather cover, mine has the has lost the leather loop and knot missing from the the hilt of the sword.
I did fencing at school and always fancied having a sword, so a few years ago I treated myself to this one. As a fencing sword this is pretty useless as it is so blade heavy. I'm pretty big and can just about control the point, but a lighter sword could easily knock it away and get me before I could recover. As a weapon this is designed for sticking it through people and killing them. It has no blade just point. After lots of debate in the army through the 19th Century about blade or point, point won out. I think the inability of blades to hack through Russian Great Coats in the Crimea sealed the fate for bladed weapons in the British Army. This is also nice and long and you could probably out reach a soldier coming at you with a bayonet. Isn't it ironic that they closed the debate for point just about the time swords became obsolete on the battle front.
I would like to know if it is George IV or George V. It could be either, as I am sure they were churning these out during WWI and a lot would have been passed down.