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Title Royal Engineers officer's sword, 1856 model
Nationality British
Period c 1860
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The blade is marked Engineer Volunteers with the winged thunderbolt on one side with the royal cypher VR on the other. At the forte, it is marked 'R.BROWNE / & CO. / NEW BOND ST. / LONDON W.' The brass scabbard indicates staff rank, majors and above, and, sadly, is quite badly dented in places.

The last 8 inches of the blade on both sides show considerable wear, perhaps through damp storage at some stage. However, in view of the relative rarity of this pattern of sword, I felt this was not too great a put-off.

If a purchaser wanted the dents removed from the scabbard, I could recommend a UK restorer who would probably do this for about 30.

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

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


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

I received the items today and I am very pleased with them. Thank you.

E W, The Netherlands, 13.03.2010