British Pattern 1882 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword

British Pattern 1882 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword

It’s a good example, being in good condition and with a bunch of markings, showing that it was issued to an outfit using the abreviation ‘SFF’ (I am not sure what this stands for – something Field or Frontier Force maybe?), the sword being first made in Birmingham by Mole in February 1884. It then seems to have been sent to the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield for repairs, before being re-issued. The blade has some very minor pitting (very shallow – pictured), which seems to have been cleaned in period judging by the patina (maybe this was the repair Enfield carried out?). The guard and scabbard are in great condition and the grips are very good indeed. Everything is solid and the sword sheaths well in the scabbard. I personally think that this is a better handling sword than the 1885 pattern which replaced it and the grip is a better shape (which improves edge-alignment issues in the cut).