|Place||Oceania: Australia, Victoria|
|Object type||Edged weapon or club|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England|
First World War, 1914-1918
British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer's Sword and Scabbard
British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer sword and scabbard. The hilt has a replated chromium three quarter 'scroll' pattern pierced sheet steel guard with the GVR royal cypher stamped 3MD 622 7/15. The grip is wire bound black fishskin. The straight blade has been refurbished with chromium plating and is etched half way on both sides with a foliage design having the royal coat of arms on the centre right and the royal cypher of George V on the centre left. There is a single fuller on each side for half of the length. The ricasso is etched with the interlocking triangle symbol on the right with By Warrant in a scroll banner and the Prince of Wales three feathers over a scroll with By Appointment and HENRY WILKINSON PALL MALL LONDON on the left. A leather washer is attached to the blade where it meets the hilt and the back edge has an arrow within a D. The sword is complete with a brown pigskin leather covered wooden 'Sam Browne' scabbard and has the frog strap near the nickel plated throat.
This sword was originally issued to the Third Military District (Victoria) in July 1915.