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British 1822 Pattern Infantry Officer's Pipeback Sword, William IV (1830-37)

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Description

Curved pipeback blade with quill point. Distinctive gilt brass ‘Gothic’ hilt with crown and cypher of King William IV within an oval, hinged folding inner guard and small quillon, black leather washer. Gilt brass backstrap with integral pommel, black shagreen grip bound with wire. Brass scabbard with two hanging rings. Blade length 31 inches (~78.7cm), overall length 36 inches (~91.5cm).

The blade is etched on both sides with laurel wreaths and the crown & cypher of William IV, all within a cartouche. It is etched at the forte on one side with ‘Warranted’ within a smaller cartouche. The etching is quite faint overall, which has been noted as a common feature for swords from the 1810s to the 1830s. Manufacturers must have used weaker acids or shorter immersion times, but their reason for doing so is unknown. Fainter etching may simply have become fashionable during this period.

With a blade 7/8 of an inch wide, this is probably an unofficial ‘light’ version of the 1822 Pattern. These were produced for wear at levées and when officers were off duty, intended to be less cumbersome than the full size version.

The blade has some cleaned pitting, predominantly in the upper part of the blade but some impacting the etching on one side. The brass hilt has a patinated finish and slight inward deformation to the outermost guard bar. The folding hilt works but appears to overtravel in the open position. The grip is excellent with fully intact and tight wire, and only very light handling wear to the shagreen. The brass scabbard has some denting.

 

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