Officer's sword, rifle regiment pattern,1845. Blade and plated steel half basket hilt. Plated steel scabbard.

Lieutenant Blannin and Sergeant Major Stock were members of the Collingwood Corps of the Victorian Volunteer Force. Based on the chronology of Blannin's promotions, the sword would have been presented in the period 1870-1873. Blannin was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant in 1870 and, as Honorary Secretary to the Victorian Rifle Association, accompanied the Victorian Rifle Team to England and America in 1876. This is one of only two known swords retailed by Melbourne gundealer, James Rosier. The second is held in a private collection and was presented to Sergeant Steel by the Moyhu Protection Society in recognition for his efforts during the Kelly Outbreak, 1878-1880.

Physical Description

Officer's sword, rifle regiment pattern 1845. Blade 81.90cm (32 1/4 in.) long, slightly curved, bears etched decoration including royal cypher 'VR'. Plated steel half basket hilt with crowned bugle inserted in the outward bars, steeped pommel, fishskin grip bound with gilt wire. Plated steel scabbard.

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