Category: 1897

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World War I British Officer’s Tunic and Sam Browne Belt with Attachments

And a Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword, the hilt decorated with the GRV cypher for George V.

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British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword and Pattern 1856 Pioneer’s Sword

This lot from Bonhams offers us a chance to visually compare the dimensions of an infantry officer’s sword and an other ranks sidearm.

On the left, a British Pattern 1897 Infantry officer’s Sword carried by Lieut. T.H.F. Roberts of the Cheshire Regiment. 22 inch blade etched with conventional motifs and inscribed THF Roberts/12 Batt. Cheshire Regt. Ricasso marked Hawksworth/Sheffield. Semi-basket hilt of standard pattern and retaining the brown leather sword knot. Brown leather-covered field scabbard. Lieut. T.H.F. Roberts served abroad during World War I with the Cheshire Regiment and is listed as such on the Great European War Memorial in Prenton, Cheshire.

On the right, a British Pattern 1856 Pioneer’s Sword

by Robert Mole with 22 ½ inch sawback blade bearing War Department marks. Brass hilt of standard pattern. Brass-mounted leather scabbard.

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword

This one is in need of a cleanup to get rid of the active rust on the hilt and scabbard. It is rare for a sword to come with its belt and suspension. The blade is 83 cm, and is the older Pattern 1845 cut and thrust blade. It is likely that this sword began its life with either a brass Pattern 1822 or 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword hilt or a Pattern 1857 Engineer’s Officer’s Sword hilt. There is a strong possibility that this is a Royal Engineers officer’s sword because they were not compelled to switch to the new pattern hilt until 1898 (which at that point was the P1897), while infantry officers were required to change to the new P1895 hilt in 1895.

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British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword with ANZAC Connection

The sword of Dennis Malcolm King, DSO MC; a Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword. This example was made by Wilkinson 8 October 1906. The steel hilt with ERVII monogram has lost most of its plating, and the grip wire is completely gone. The missing wire shows that the grip slabs were riveted to the tang like the cavalry trooper’s swords of the Victorian period. The steel scabbard has most of its plating still intact, but there is quite a lot of bubbling. The blade, while not in its original polish, is clean and in quite good condition considering the overall condition of the sword when I bought it (a rusty mess!). The blade has all the standard etchings as well as the owner’s monogram DMK.

The Australian War Memorial has an excellent biography of King, here: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/REL/07579/

In short, Colonel Dennis Malcom King, DSO, MC, King’s Liverpool Regiment, had a successful career which spanned the years 1906-1944. He served with distinction during WWI earning the DSO with clasp, the MC, and was mentioned in despatches several times. King served as a staff officer with the 5th Australian Division in Egypt and Gallipoli, and with the British Army in France and Flanders. King died in 1960.

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword, c.WWI

Blade by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London, etched with crowned Royal Arms between scrolling foliate decoration, stamped no 66882. Brown leather scabbard. 32.3 in (82 cm) length of blade. 38.9 in (98.8 cm) approximate overall length.

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword, c.WWI

Retailed by C. Boyton & Son Clerkenwell and complete with Sam Browe belt.

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British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword and Pattern 1856 Pioneer’s Sword

This lot from Bonhams offers us a chance to visually compare the dimensions of an infantry officer’s sword and an other ranks sidearm.

On the left, a British Pattern 1897 Infantry officer’s Sword carried by Lieut. T.H.F. Roberts of the Cheshire Regiment. 22 inch blade etched with conventional motifs and inscribed THF Roberts/12 Batt. Cheshire Regt. Ricasso marked Hawksworth/Sheffield. Semi-basket hilt of standard pattern and retaining the brown leather sword knot. Brown leather-covered field scabbard. Lieut. T.H.F. Roberts served abroad during World War I with the Cheshire Regiment and is listed as such on the Great European War Memorial in Prenton, Cheshire.

On the right, a British Pattern 1856 Pioneer’s Sword

by Robert Mole with 22 ½ inch sawback blade bearing War Department marks. Brass hilt of standard pattern. Brass-mounted leather scabbard.

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword and Pattern 1856 Pioneer’s Sword

This lot from Bonhams offers us a chance to visually compare the dimensions of an infantry officer’s sword and an other ranks sidearm.

On the left, a British Pattern 1897 Infantry officer’s Sword carried by Lieut. T.H.F. Roberts of the Cheshire Regiment. 22 inch blade etched with conventional motifs and inscribed THF Roberts/12 Batt. Cheshire Regt. Ricasso marked Hawksworth/Sheffield. Semi-basket hilt of standard pattern and retaining the brown leather sword knot. Brown leather-covered field scabbard. Lieut. T.H.F. Roberts served abroad during World War I with the Cheshire Regiment and is listed as such on the Great European War Memorial in Prenton, Cheshire.

On the right, a British Pattern 1856 Pioneer’s Sword

by Robert Mole with 22 ½ inch sawback blade bearing War Department marks. Brass hilt of standard pattern. Brass-mounted leather scabbard.

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword, c.WWI

Czerny’s is good at taking a super common sword of average quality and below average condition and making it look amazing and important. And Tumblr loves sword pics with black backgrounds. So here you go!

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British Officers’ Swords from WWI

British officers’ swords, all of which were owned by officers who served in World War One. From top to bottom; P1895 Infantry Officer’s Sword of a Lt.-Col., The Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment); P1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword of a Major, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment); P1821 Royal Artillery Officer’s Sword of a Major, Royal Artillery; P1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword of a Major, King’s Regiment (Liverpool); P1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword of a Lieutenant, 6th Jat Light Infantry.