British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword
A Victorian (probably 1850s or 1860s) light cavalry officer’s sword, retailed by Hawkes of London. Hawkes were a top-end outfitter and this sword was probably made by Reeves of Birmingham (judging by the overall shape, proof slug and etching). It is a lovely quality sword of big proportions, with a 35.5 inch wide (1 ¼ inch) blade in excellent condition. The blade features a bright surface and deep etching, being solid in the hilt. The steel parts of the hilt and the scabbard could do with some light cleaning as they have some superficial light rust, but are essentially sound. The shagreen and silver grip wire are of good quality and in good condition. A very nice cavalry officer’s sword that will not disappoint in the hand.