Sword his­tory

Sporting Gun - - Letters - DE­CEM­BER 2018

Can you ad­vise me on the era this sword came from and the par­tic­u­lar style of hilt?

It is also found with four dif­fer­ent de­vices in­cor­po­rated into the hilt de­sign. Usu­ally this is the crown and ini­tials of the reign­ing monarch and can be found with GRIV, WRIV and VR, for King Ge­orge IV, Wil­liam IV and Queen Vic­to­ria re­spec­tively. Some­times, as in the case of yours, it is found with a Gen­eral’s crossed sword and ba­ton de­vice com­bined with the monarch’s crown — Vic­to­ria in this case. These are rarer, but un­for­tu­nately, as with all an­tiques, con­di­tion is ev­ery­thing and in the worn con­di­tion yours is in I would ex­pect an auc­tion es­ti­mate of £70-£120.

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