The 1831 pattern General Officer’s sword
Scottish Weapons, Military Swords
The 1831 pattern General Officer’s sword of General Sir George Balfour, KCB. The regulation etched and polished blade by Harman & Co Calcutta, with a crowned VR and the crossed sword and scabbard. The hilt is of regulation pattern, the brass crosspiece retains some of its original gilding, and the two piece grips are of polished ivory., Contained in its brass scabbard. The blade retains most of its original polish.For General Balfour’s 1845 pattern sword see item No 446 Full details of his career are available upon request.
Blade length 31¼” (79.5cms) Overall length 36¼” (92cms)
General Sir George Balfour (1809-1894) was MP and Deputy Lieutenant for Kincardineshire and had an illustrious military career in India and China which included service in the Malacca FF 1832-33, Brigade Major Kurnool FF, Battle of Zorapore, 18.1.1839, Staff Officer with the Chinese Expeditionary force 1840-1842 Yang-tse-kiang river fight Sept 1842, Major General 1865, Lieut General 1874, Colonel Commandant of the RA and General 1877.