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    Help identify this sword

    Hi. I recently inherited this sword from my Grand-Father who was a career soldier with the French Army. This sword was given to him as a gift by a British soldier in the 1950s, or so my Mother says.

    Now that I've restored it (to be worn on Parade), I'd like some help identifying it.

    From my limited knowledge, I would say its a 1892 Pattern Infantry Sword though I cannot say if its Officer or NCM (if in fact there is an NCM version). The blade is roughly 33 inches long, has the 6 point star on both sides of the blade near the guard which is gothic. The scabbard is brass.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Grip.jpgGuard.jpgFull with Scabbard.jpgBlade and Guard.jpgBlade.jpg

    Cheers,

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    It is an 1854 pattern British infantry officer's sword for India service, hence "VRI" (Victoria, India).
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    Wow...except for the "R", I could never really make out what the letters were. Now that you've told me, they jump out.

    Next question: does the pattern year indicate the year it was made or just the style?

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    It was made somewhere between 1854 and 1892.
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon in front of them
    Volley'd & thunder'd;
    Storm'd at with shot and shell,
    Boldly they rode and well,
    Into the jaws of Death,
    Into the mouth of Hell
    Rode the six hundred.

    Flash'd all their sabres bare,
    Flash'd as they turn'd in air
    Sabring the gunners there,
    Charging an army while
    All the world wonder'd:
    Plunged in the battery-smoke
    Right thro' the line they broke;
    Cossack & Russian
    Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
    Shatter'd & sunder'd.
    Then they rode back, but not
    Not the six hundred.

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    Excellent. Thank you very much for the information.

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