The 1845 pattern Infantry officer’s sword
Scottish Weapons, Military Swords
The 1845 pattern Infantry officer’s sword of General Sir George Balfour, KCB. The regulation etched and polished blade by Henry Wilkinson retaining most of its original polish, and etched with a crowned VR amidst scrolling foliage. The regulation brass hilt retains some of its original gilding, with folding sideguard and wire bound sharkskin covered grip. Contained in its leather scabbard with brass mounts. Made prior to 1854, the year when Wilkinson’s begin to number their swords.Full details of his career are available upon request. For General Balfour’s 1831 General Officers sword see item No 445
Blade length 32¼” (82cms) Overall length 38¼” (97cms)
General Sir George Balfour (1800-1894) was MP and Deputy Lieutenant for Kincardineshire and had an illustrious military career in India and China, which include service with the Malacca FF 1832-33, Brigade Major Kurnool F.F., Battle of Zorapore, 18.10.1839, Staff Officer with the Chinese Expeditionary Force 1840-1842, Yang-tse-kiang river fight Sept. 1842, Major General 1865, Lieut General 187, Colonel Commandant of the RA and general 1877.