I offer for sale an extremely good example of the hard to find 1854 Pattern British infantry officer's sword and scabbard, by top manufacturer Pillin of Soho, London, with research potential:
The serial number 99032 on the back spine of the blade dates the manufacture of the sword to around 1891. The acid etched blade still retains most of it's decoration clearly visible, which includes the original owner's three initials in a monogram "H T J", which means it should be possible to trace the details of the original officer who commissioned this sword, from the British Army Lists of 1892. Then a short step to researching their Victorian military career.
The blade, which measures 32 3/4 inches, is in very good condition and sheaths well in the scabbard. There is some scuffing and rubbing to the blade surface with use of it's lifetime and two tiny areas of black oxidization towards the tip, but nothing which detracts from the overall pleasing appearance of the sword. The brass hilt is in excellent overall condition, all the fishskin and twisted wire wrap on the grip is present, undamaged and unworn. Blade and hilt are firm and tight.
The Steel scabbard fits snug with the sword, is in good condition and appears to be the original. The Drag has been altered during it it's lifetime and one of the throat screws is missing.