A hero sword used in Shekhar Kapur’s 2002 adventure drama The Four Feathers.
British officer Harry Faversham (Heath Ledger) resigns from the army just before his regiment’s mission to Sudan due to deep-rooted ethical reservations about war. His colleagues and fiancée misinterpret this as cowardice and hand him four white feathers. Disowned by his father, he journeys to Sudan alone when his friends in the regiment are attacked by rebels, befriending mercenary Abou Fatma (Djimon Hounsou) and taking his life on an unexpected tack.
Harry and his fellow officers Jack Durrance (Wes Bentley), Tom Willoughby (Rupert Penry-Jones) and Edward Castleton (Kris Marshall) carried and wielded Victorian era military-style swords throughout the film. This particular sword was used by one of the hero characters for close-up scenes where maximum realism was required.
Realistically based on a Senior British Infantry Officer's Levee or 1854P Victorian Senior British Infantry Officer's Leve sword, the weapon features a 32 ½” metal blade. It is etched on each side with a decorative cypher across the centre, and a Star of David with filigree detail above the hilt. A deep blood channel occupies the top portion from guard to taper – no maker’s name is assigned to the ricasso.
Ornately detailed, the gothic brass hilt features a royal cypher and a finger guard section that extends all the way around the back of the grip, meeting the back of the hilt - also beautifully detailed. A twisted brown leather grip completes the sword, tightly inlaid with copper threads and a gold-coloured sword knot attached by a white leather cord.
The sword is housed in a hardened brown wood and leather scabbard complete with a protective metal-reinforced opening. It draws reasonably smoothly.
Both sword and scabbard have been distressed for the production to appear battle-used. There are scratches and areas of wear to the grip, and the white leather strap is yellowed with age. The blade remains in good condition with small areas of rust and some patina. Scuffs and marks can be seen on the scabbard. Overall, the piece is in very good condition.
Materials: Ferrous Metals, Leather, Man-Made Woven Fibres, Wood.
Please note: Due to UK legislation, anyone wishing to buy this piece must be 18 years or over. Please email us if you have any questions.
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.