A rare example of a 19th Century Scottish 31st Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers 1856 Pattern Bandsword. 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, HLI 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 good with some wear to the blade and the scabbard mounts. The sword was made by Mole of Birmingham the maker’s name is etched to the blade forte and is also stamped on the spine of the blade. Blade length is 19 inches (24 inches overall).
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