Hard to find 1883 pattern sword of Officers with a nine-leaf guard. These were originally authorized for the ranks of ensign through captain. The plated 26" blade is near mint. The hilt is brass based with areas of frosting remaining. The top of the pommel and backstrap have a five leaf cherry blossom. The rayskin grip has intact original wire wrap. The guard has a nine-leaf pattern, (see Dawson's reference pg 256). The reverse has a fold-down locking mechanism to secure the scabbard, it has Kangi, (a name?). The scabbard is leather based with matching cherry blossom fittings.The finish is mostly worn down to the base metal.
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