British Pattern 1821 Artillery Officer’s Sword for an Officer of the Madras Artillery
A very desirable and rare early Madras Artillery officer’s sword, by Hart, from around the 1850s. This example is in the foot artillery length, with a 32.5 inch blade, which features very detailed and profuse etching. The blade has been service sharpened right down to the ricasso and it is housed in a wood and leather field scabbard which is later in period but fits the blade perfectly, suggesting it was made for this sword and the sword perhaps had a long service life. Being an Indian-serving officer’s sword and being service sharpened, it is likely to have had a very interesting career. The blade is solid in the hilt. The blade and hilt have a dark patina all over and a little pitting here and there, but the blade etching is still very crisp. The grip is in pretty good condition, with 95% of the shagreen and only a couple of strands on wire missing. The hilt has a somewhat unusual shape, the guard being narrower than normal and the pommel being angled unusually. A very desirable sword that is a pleasure in the hand.