Infantry sword with diamond shaped blade

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Will
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Infantry sword with diamond shaped blade

Post by Will » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:39 pm

Lonsdale & Tyler 1822 infantry sword with rare diamond shaped 32 1/4" blade. The blade width is 1 1/4 and 1/4 thick. Original hilt liner and some wound thread on the folding guard presumably to prevent wear and staining to a uniform.
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Re: Infantry sword with diamond shaped blade

Post by Richard » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:12 pm

Interesting sword Will. What date would you put on it? Are these blades often found?

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Re: Infantry sword with diamond shaped blade

Post by brian wolfe » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:14 pm

A beautiful and interesting sword, Will. Is that the Pattern 1845 Infantry hilt?
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Re: Infantry sword with diamond shaped blade

Post by Will » Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:43 am

The blade is etched with Queen Victorias cypher and scabbard has cross belt stud which was abolished in 1855. Having the folding guard also roughly dates the sword from 1840's to 1855. The rose, thistle and shamrock Robsons claims was added to the royal cypher early 1850's but 1840's examples exist with it. Bezdek dates Lonsdale & Tyler at the 26 Bedford st. address from 1835-1845. So the sword would date from 1837-1845.
Brian it's difficult to see from the photos but it does have a folding guard so not the 1845p.

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Re: Infantry sword with diamond shaped blade

Post by Jonathan Hopkins » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:49 pm

Will,
The 1845 did have a folding guard.

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Re: Infantry sword with diamond shaped blade

Post by Will » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:40 pm

What am I thinking of course the 1845 did have a folding guard until past the 1854 official date. Luckily Lonsdale and Tyler address date from 1835-1845. 1845 was the change in blade shape which does not apply to this sword.

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Re: Infantry sword with diamond shaped blade

Post by Matt Easton » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:01 pm

I really like this blade! I have a similar double-edged blade on a Wilkinson dated to about 1890. It's somewhat similar to the Handkerchief Cutter swords. Yours looks beefier though.
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Re: Infantry sword with diamond shaped blade

Post by Will » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:51 pm

I failed to answer Richard if these blades are often found, and no they are not. This is the first one I've found on a Victorian sword since beginning of collecting swords.
Only band swords seemed to have this blade profile.
Poor auction photos help me in acquiring some better swords as details can go unnoticed.

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