British 1856 Pattern Bandsman’s Sword – Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers


19th Century British bandsman’s sword.

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A rare and original 19th Century 1856 Pattern Bandsman’s Sword regimentally marked to the 31st Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers – The designation 31 LRV has been inset into the hilt ecusson.  This regiment started out as the 7th (Blythswood) Battalion.  The title of  “Blythswood” was granted to the 2nd Admin Battalion of Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers in honour of its Commanding Officer, Campbell of Blythswood. The battalion became the 31st Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteer Corps in 1865, the 8th in 1880, and the 3rd (Blythswood) Volunteer Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, in 1887.  The battle honour “South Africa 1900-02” was granted to the battalion for its services during the Boer War. In 1914-18, the 1/7th fought at Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine and in France and Belgium, while the 2/7th was stationed in Ireland. The 3/7th became part of the 5th (Reserve) Battalion, HLI in 1916.  Condition of the sword is very good.  The sword was made by Mole of Birmingham and the maker’s name is finely etched to the blade forte.  Complete with original brass and leather-mounted scabbard.  A fine piece.  Blade length is 19 inches (24 inches overall).