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This scarce British Canadian infantry officer's Pattern 1845/1854 sword belonged to an officer serving in the late 1860s - mid-1870s, which is substantiated by the retailer's mark "Savage, Lyman & Co., Montreal" etched on the obverse forte. This company name was used by the Montreal silversmiths Savage and Lyman in 1868-1878. Obverse ricasso has an inset proof disc with a fleur de lis. Both sides of the blade are crisply etched with the cypher of Queen Victoria and delicate floral motifs. Underside of the hilt is scratch-engraved with the officer's initials CL. Perusing the contemporary Army Lists will produce the name of the British infantry officer with these initials who served in Canada during that decade. Sword is in excellent condition, 83 cm-long blade is straight and true, with only minor rubbing at the tip.
An excellent Victorian Canadian officer's sword which merits further research to determine the name of the infantry officer who almost certainly served during the Fenian Raids!