1897 pattern Infantry Officer sword, plated hilt with VR cyphir, copper wire bound fish skin grip, etched blade with owners name V COLDWELL, Crowned Royal Shield and scrolls, the reverse with VR Cyphir and scrolls with serial no. M3413 to blade back, in its plated dress scabbard. Blade 825mm long.
Vincent Coldwell, Capt. 4th Indian Cavalry, Son of Major and Adjutant Robert Hanson Coldwell, 1st Batallion The Shropshire Rifle Volunteers, by his wife Clare Daughter of Thomas Henry Hope-Edwardes, born Shrewsbury. 3 May 1880, educated Borlase, Great Marlow, joined the Shropshire Militia in May 1899, obtained commission in the 19th Hussars 26 March 1902, transferred to the Indian Army 22 April 1904, promoted Lieutenant 7 June 1905 and Captain 7 June 1911, was left in charge of the Regimental Depot when the regiment went on active service in 1914, was sent to Mesoptamia in December 1015 to rejoin the regiment and died at Basra 18 April 1916 of typhoid fever contracted while on active service. Buried at Basra. He married at Allahbad 18 January 1906, Adeline Mary, daughter of Joseph Parker Morris and had a daughter Clare Mary born 16 January 1912. Commemorated on wall of chapel at Sir William Borlase's Grammer School, Marlow, Bucks. and Basra War Cemetery grave ref. VI.H.8.
Prov. Linley Hall, Shropshire.
Superb example.Plating overall excellent, blade close on mint, dent free scabbard.