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Title London Scottish Rifle Volunteers officer's broadsword
Nationality British
Period c 1870
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Retailed by Mortimer of Warwick & Regent Streets, London, the full regimental title is engraved on the blade, together with the bugle horn and the lion of Scotland on one side and the Victorian royal cypher on the other. The blade was also engraved in the 1930s with the initials 'FGM' for Frederick Gordon Maxwell, the grandfather of my client.

Gordon Maxwell is in the 1943 Army List as a Lt-Col and, by repute, was present at the signing of the Japanese surrender in the Pacific. He commanded the 2nd Battalion of the London Scottish, 1939-42. He was also General Staff Officer of the 52nd Lowland Division, 1943-44, and MID (mentioned in despatches). He was awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1943. (Information from Kelly's Directory 1966 and family sources.)

The scabbard is probably of Boer War vintage, nickle mounted and made of the traditional pigskin stretched over a wood body. There is some wear to the nickle silver finish on the hilt, but, considering its age, it is in extremely good shape, possibly having been refurbished in the late Victorian period.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 19th Century]

testimonials

Just a brief note to confirm that the sabre has been delivered today. All is as it should be. I have to say I’m impressed with the ‘custom’ packaging, obviously essential in your line of business. I have made a very quick inspection of the sword & it fully lives up to your accurate description, very pleased with the purchase.

M B, UK, 18.06.2015

I have received the belt clasp today. It is in better quality than I expected...

C M, UK, 16.10.2009

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