World War I Era BRITISH 1895 Pattern INFANTRY OFFICER’S Saber 2nd Boer War
With Leather Covered Scabbard
Here we present a British 1895 Pattern Sword, manufactured likely in Britain or Germany. The British 1895 Pattern Infantry Officer’s sword was a considerable improvement over previous patterns in that the design afforded much better protection to the wearer’s hand through its new three-quarter basket hilt. Combined with the introduction of a more robust blade, it boasted a very deadly thrusting point, and was soon proven in combat to be an effective infantry weapon.
There was one alteration made in 1897, which was the turning down of the inner guard to prevent fraying of the uniform. The South African War of 1899 (Second Boer War) also heralded the introduction of a universal brown leather field service scabbard, as this example has. A nickel plated steel scabbard was used for dress. This pattern of sword is still carried by serving British Army Infantry Officers today.
The overall length of this saber is 38-1/4 inches with a 32-1/2 inch blade. The scabbard is leather wrapped.
The overall condition is fair. Bright, straight blade. Cleaned. The grip shows wear and has a chip and a stable split, otherwise solid. The scabbard is in very nice condition with leather in very good condition; only the leather tab is torn.
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Overall condition as seen in photos.
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