1845 pattern. The blade marked by the maker, HOBSON & SONS LITTLE WINDMILL ST LONDON. That address used just 1884-86 exactly framing the War with the Mad Mahdi! Brass "Gothic" hilt with VR cipher. Copper wire wrapped sharkskin covered grip. Hilt and grip excellent which is rare for these as both are ordinarily found with some damage. 32" slightly curved s.e. blade with maker's name on the ricasso and inset proof opposite. Blade decorated in military and foliate motifs. Show smooth gray patina.