Rifle Officers Sword

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Rifle Officers Sword

Postby GRAHAM62 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:17 pm

Hi All
I recently picked up a mid 19th Century Rifle officers sword. The well used blade isn't the usual type, as it lacks the bugle horn motif, and is a VR infantry officers blade.
Does anybody know if it was usual to use an infantry blade rather than a light infantry one, could an officer pick his own blade, the blade seems contemporary with the hilt so i don't think it's a family blade.
Any info would be appreciated.

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Graham
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Re: Rifle Officers Sword

Postby Matt Easton » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:10 am

There are various reasons this could be the case - for example where an officer switched from line infantry to rifles, or militia to rifle volunteers. Some militia were converted into rifle volunteers I believe, meaning a uniform change (and hence sword hilt change).
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Re: Rifle Officers Sword

Postby Will Mathieson » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:55 pm

Is this the Wilkinson with RNR initials? If so Richard at armsresearch.co.uk has the proof page you can purchase containing info on this sword.
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