The backstraps are plain, with a rounded pommel. It does however have light pitting all over and some small bits of loss to the leather on the grip dating a japanese sword. In February 1915, I was appointed Brigade Machine-Gun Officer to the 33rd Brigade. The next day, Nakajima returned to view the scene in the daylight – and found two stone statues without their heads. A very nice and scarce sword that was carried at a fascinating era with lots of interesting conflicts going on.
The sword was only lightly polished, and was unmounted save for a length of nylon rope tied around the tang. The blade has some light pitting in some areas, but is in reasonable condition structurally. This was the sword of Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Charles Philippi Bridges, who was born in April 1870 and was commissioned into the South Staffordshire Regiment in May 1890. The test was performed in the presence of three observers and four Ometsuke (official examiners). The blade is marked to Coulaux & Co of Klingenthal and the hilt is stamped to Petitfils - this is a top quality piece which would have been expensive to purchase for the French officer who ordered it dating a japanese sword.
In this case, no gash was made in the helmet – rather the sword itself was bent by the blow. The bronze guard and pommel are in nice shape, the horn grip is good and secure and the grip wire is all present. It could benefit from some cleaning, but is fairly decent as it is... Note - Bridges medals were previously sold in auction: SOLD A Rifles officer s sword for restoration. .