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    1845 Staff Officers Sword Northamptonshire Regt.

    Just received this hidden gem an 1845 Staff Officer sword that was quite oxidized and grubby.
    Etched with Capt T. E. Compton D.A.A.G. Hobson & Sons 1-3 & 5 Lexington Street London W. The brass scabbard drag is worn flat exhibiting a tiny hole. Overall in excellent condition with original leather blade washer, 31" x 1" blade with very good etching and no nicks.
    Only some of the grip wire required a touch of glue since the wire had a couple breaks.
    Captain T.E. Compton, later major 1st Btn Northamptonshire regt.
    Served with the 58th regt in the Zulu War 1879, present at engagement of Ulundi (medal with clasp).
    Served in the Boer War 1880-1881 and commanded a detachment of a company in the 58th regt in the defence of Standerton (mentioned in dispatches).
    Served in the North West Frontier campaign under Sir William Lock in 1897-1898 1st Btn Northamptonshire Regt. with the Tirah expeditionary force and was present at the capture of Sampagha and Arhanga Passes and the reconnaissance of the Saran Sar (medal with three clasps)
    Retired 24 march 1903.
    He wrote for the RUSI journals during WW1 and afterwards until his death in 1923. Buried in Les Gonards cemetery Versailles Paris France.
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    When would he have bought this sword?

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    I misread your question and sent you a PM. Below is the answer:
    Capt Comptons D.A.A.C. appointment expired in 1896. I believe he would have bought the sword in 1892 as a Capt. and promoted Maj in 1893.
    Oddly I see "Major T.E. Compton Northamptonshire regt. to be a Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General for instruction, vice Major L.J. Shadwell, vacated. Dated 8th march, 1902.
    Compton retired in 24 March 1903.

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    So it should have been with him during his frontier campaigning! Very nice. Its very clean in the hilt. Even the dimples in the pommel seem free from any grime.

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    When I received the sword it appeared to have sat either over a mantle or near a smoke source and it was dark. The blade had some old discoloured grease on it which actually helped preserve the blade.

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    He must have carried the sword often for the drag to be worn down that far, even if it is soft brass. What did you clean the hilt with? It looks good.

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    To clean the hilt diluted ammonia with a nylon brush works well then Brasso.

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