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British Welsh Guards Pattern 1854 Officer's Sword

Availability: In stock

$1,395.00

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Made by J.R.Gaunt & Son in London this Welsh Guards Officer's sword is etched with the initials 'C P B'. Charles Edward Penfold Ballard was appointed a Second Lieutenant in the Welsh Guards on the 13th December 1916.He was killed by shellfire on the 10th March 1918.

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Made by J.R.Gaunt & Son in London this Welsh Guards Officer's sword is etched with the initials 'C P B'. The battle honours are blank on the blade, as they should be for a First World War Welsh Guards sword.

Charles Edward Penfold Ballard was appointed a Second Lieutenant in the Welsh Guards on the 13th December 1916. In his previous profession of Bank Clerk, Ballard had been called as a witness at the trial of English serial killer and bigamist George Joseph Smith. Ballard was killed by shellfire during a trench raid being carried out by another officer and men of the Welsh Guards on the 10th March 1918. He was 49 years old.

The Brigade of Guards sword pattern, approved in 1854, was a steel version of the earlier 1845 infantry pattern sword without the hinged flap. The individual Guard's regimental badge was placed in the cartouche of the guard. In 1857, the blades of Guards' swords were ordered to be "embossed", or etched, with their regimental badge and battle honours. A distinction which remains to this day.

The sword is in very good condition. The blade has some small areas of pitting. It has not been polished and the etching on the blade is excellent. The guard has areas where the nickel finish has worn but is in very good condition.

The scabbard is in poor condition. The leather is worn and the wood core of the scabbard has been exposed in places. It is missing the leather tab for the sword frog.