British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword
An attractive, named and dated light cavalry sword. The name ‘F. W. Hayward’ (dated 1856) has turned up no positive results for me. This is a nice big sword with broad 35 inch blade, which seems to have been a private purchase, perhaps by a Yeomanry member or an NCO in the regular Army. The leather (rather than shark skin) grip and general appearance of the sword is similar to a trooper’s issued weapon, but the lack of ears to the backstrap and the blade etching allude to an officer’s version of the 1821 pattern. There are many possible explanations for this and the lack of an VR cypher on the blade may mean that this is non-military and for personal defence or perhaps police, but my guess is that it’s a private purchase by someone in a local yeomanry regiment. In any case it is a nice sword and feels great in the hand. The condition is really good – the blade is bright and the fine etching clear. The leather of the grip is particularly good for the age and the whole hilt assembly is rock solid.