An 1897 pattern Victorian Royal Engineers officer's sword.
An 1897 pattern Victorian Royal Engineers officer's sword. The blade by Hawkes & Co, Piccadilly, London, is etched and mirror polished with the regimental badge and device amidst scrolls, together with the owner's name E.C. Midwinter within a banner. Regulation steel guard and chequered gripstrap. The grip is covered with fishskin and bound with twisted silver wire. Contained in its steel dress scabbard. The blade retains nearly all its original polish.
Blade length 32½" (82.5cms) overall length including scabbard 39¾" (101cms)
Captain Sir Edward Colpoys Midwinter, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., C.B.E., D.S.O., Entered RE 1892, Capt 1903, served Nile, including Battle of Omdurman, 1897-1898 (despatches, DSO and 6 others). Controller Sudan Government London Office 1925-1932. Full details available upon request.