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A General Officer’s sword of 1831 pattern by A Lowe of Madras

The blade is 32 inches by 1 inch and has a much less pronounced curve than is usual for this sword: it bears the maker or supplier’s mark of A Lowe, Mount Road, Madras. The blade is single edged with a single long fuller: it is etched on both sides with floral decoration incorporating the crowned VR cypher of Queen Victoria. The guard and hilt mounts are of the standard gilt brass design but the rivets are plain rather than being the prescribed floral design. The deviations from the standard are not untypical of items of equipment made in India rather than in England. The blade has a rather more workmanlike style than the spear pointed one that was typical of English produced swords of this pattern and described in Robson’s “Swords of the British Army” as being ‘of no value as a weapon’. The sword does not have a scabbard but remains in generally good condition with just a few small areas of minor surface rusting. The ivory plates of the grip appear not to have been removed at all. Alexander Lowe moved to India from London in 1824 joining the firm of George Gordon in Madras; in 1842 he left to trade under his own name in Mount Road, Madras until the company was dissolved in 1870. The general look of this sword would certainly place it within that period and probably at the earlier end of the timescale.

Price: POA

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