|Object type||Edged weapon or club|
|Place made||United Kingdom|
|Date made||c 1890|
South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900
British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer's Sword and Scabbard : Lieutenant Colonel K Hutchison, Queensland Mounted Infantry
British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer's sword and scabbard. The hilt has a steel Pattern 1827 three bar half basket guard with a crown over a stringed bugle cartouche badge and a silver wire bound fishskin grip. The slightly curved Pattern 1845 blade has a single fuller to each side and etched for three quarters of the length in floral pattern. On the right side centre there is a crown over a stringed bugle and the royal VR cypher on the left. The right ricasso has a sun ray symbol and on the left is a blank shield. The edge of the blade has a considerable number of edge nicks. The Sam Browne leather scabbard has a reinforced chape, a nickel plated throat and a strap for fixing to a belt frog.
This sword was owned by Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Hutchison and was used by him in the war in South Africa. He sailed from Brisbane in 1900 in command of the Second Contingent of the Queensland Mounted Infantry.