Author: Victorian Swords




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weaponsandswordsohmy: DOUBLE BLADE KATAR Exter…



External blade is openable in two sections; straight, double-edged, decorated with silver geometrical motifs for the half of the length. Internal blade, straight and double-edged as well, with ribbed and slightly enlarged tip. Iron hilt, grip composed of two crossbars, by pulling the movable one, the external blade opens. The hilt is engraved with silver geometrical and floral motifs.

India, circa 1900
length 39.5 cm.

hippography: Crossing the North Kaap River Th…


Crossing the North Kaap River 
The Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) had the task of giving artillery support to the cavalry. With its soldiers all riding into battle on horses, wagons or limbers, the RHA was able to keep up with the fast moving mounted units. 

Source: HiltonT@Flickr.

victoriansword: Afghan Pulwar, 19th Century …


Afghan Pulwar, 19th Century

Curved, single-and false-edged blade with central fuller and tang; iron hilt with long langets, decorated with raisers and fine piercing, typical cup-pommel; wooden, leather-covered scabbard (parts missing and repairs) with iron, engraved mounts, long, pierced chape.

British Pattern 1857 Engineers Officer’s Sword…

British Pattern 1857 Engineers Officer’s Sword

A late-Victorian Royal Engineers (Militia) officer’s sword and scabbard, with the officer’s initials and crest identifying it to a DSO and Legion of Honour winner, who fought in the Second Anglo-Boer War and WW1. The hilt of 1857 Royal Engineers pattern, mounted on a fantastically etched 1845 pattern blade by top maker Pillin (marked to ricasso). The shagreen and wire grip is in excellent condition, although with a little bit of movement on the tang due to the loss of the leather washer. There is a significant amount of original gilding remaining to the hilt, particularly on the inside. The blade has some patina, but is in good condition and the etching is very deep and crisp. The edge is service sharpened, though not really sharp anymore. The scabbard has the usual service-related dents to the lower end. This sword belonged to John Harvey Prior, of the Militia Engineers (Falmouth Division). Prior was born on 14 December 1871 and commissioned into the Militia Engineers in 1893, when this sword must date to. He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1901, being employed as Station Staff Officer from 10 February 1901, and was present in operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899 to 1900, including the actions at Colesberg 1 January to 12 February 1900; operations in the Transvaal, May 1901; operations in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to May 1901. For his services he was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; was awarded the Queen’s Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: “John Harvey Prior, Lieutenant, Plymouth Division, Royal Engineers, Submarine Miners (Militia). In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa”. The Insignia were presented by the King. As a Major (Temporary Lieutenant Colonel) J H Prior went on to serve in WW1. He was again mentioned in Despatches, and was awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) [London Gazette, 16 September 1918]; “John Harvey Prior, DSO, Royal Engineers, Special Reserve. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action, when he volunteered to attach himself and his company to a battalion which was threatened by an outflanking movement. By his personal courage and excellent handling of his company he was successful in holding the enemy and in assisting the battalion to withdraw at a very critical moment”.

peashooter85: Ornate gold decorated pata, Ind…


Ornate gold decorated pata, India, 17th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House

British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer’s Sword for…

British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer’s Sword for a Canadian Officer, c.WWI

This Rifles sword was made in the reign of George V, and most possibly was used in the First World War. It was sold by R.J. Inglis, who had shops at the time in Montreal and Winnipeg.

With a Pattern 1892 blade.

victoriansword: Regimental Pattern Cavalry Of…


Regimental Pattern Cavalry Officer’s Sword of the 4th Queen’s Own Light Dragoons (Hussars)

89.5cm blade double edged towards the point by Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London, etched with scrolling foliage, a crown over regimental title of the Queen’s Own IV Hussars and eight battle honours to Ghuznee and a futher four Crimea honours, regimental pattern pierced honeysuckle hilt without back-piece, the guard incorporating a crown over Q.O.L.D. IV, foliate engraved pommel cap, wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its steel scabbard with two suspension rings.

This sword by Wilkinson being without a number would date from prior to 1855. It would appear that the regimental title on the blade has been altered from Light Dragoons to Hussars and the four Crimean battle honours have been added after 1861 when the regimental title was changed.

Royal Engineers Militia Sword: Researching a…

Royal Engineers Militia Sword: Researching a British Army Hero



William II (1792-1849), King of Holland, when Prince of Orange c.1812-15

Me when I get a new sword.