Manufactured c. 1880s, during the height of the Victorian era and the power of the British Empire. This sword is etched for an officer of the Seaforth Highlanders, which were formed in 1881 by combining the 72nd (Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders) Regiment of Foot and the 78th (Highlanders) (Ross-shire Buffs) Regiment of Foot. It was manufactured by S.J. Pillin of London, identified by the proved slug on the right ricasso. The double edged blade measures 32 1/2 inches long and 1 3/16 inches wide at the ricassos. The spine is deeply stamped "100115". The blade is extensively etched on both sides, the right having the name and motto of the regiment, battles they participated in, and a "VR" cypher, while the left has floral patterns, a further "VR" cypher, and the royal coat of arms. The guard is of the typical "advanced" 1828 Highland Pattern pierced with mostly hearts and the pommel is a fluted dome. The grip is wire wrapped shagreen.
Fine, showing mostly a grey patina on the iron with some scattered light pitting throughout and most of the etching legible. The grip has some mild wear and slightly loose wire wrap. A very attractive sword with Scottish highland martial history!
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