British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword
Having a shagreen and copper wire grip, steeped and ball end pommel, brass half basket Gothic style hilt with Royal Cipher, decorative backstrap, forward facing quillon, fullered single edged blade with double edged tip, etched design with royal cipher, ricasso having star of David to one side and the other having makers ’ E. Thurkle Maker Soho London ’ along with the steel scabbard with hanging loops. Measures; 102 cm.
British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword for New South Wales Military Forces, c.1870
Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s sword and scabbard. The hilt has a brass half basket three bar guard with the cartouche badge of New South Wales. The grip is fishskin bound with copper wire and there is a gold with red stripes sword knot attached to the guard. The thin levee style, slightly curved blade has a single fuller to each side to within eleven inches of the spear point and is etched for half the length on both sides with a floral design. In the centre right on the blade is the coat of arms of New South Wales and on the left centre is a crown over the VR cypher. The ricasso is marked E THURKLE MAKER SOHO LONDON. The brass scabbard has two loose hanger rings on bands at 2 and 10.5 inches from the throat. The remains of a hanger strap is attached to the top ring.
This sword is a levee style and was more than likely used by Major (later Colonel) Bartlett when he was adjutant to the Third Australian Regiment in the 1890’s.