British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer's Sword and Scabbard

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria
Accession Number REL/07210
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 1913
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer sword and scabbard. The hilt has a nickel plated three quarter 'scroll' pattern pierced sheet steel guard with the GVR royal cypher and is stamped 3MD 495 10/13. The grip is wire bound black fishskin. The straight blade 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 buff 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 light brown pigskin leather covered wooden 'Sam Browne' scabbard stamped on the reverse HMB over 10/13 near the nickel plated throat. The scabbard is missing the frog strap.

History / Summary

This sword was issued to the Third Military District (Victoria) in October 1913.

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