Kaskara and Rhinoceros Hide Shield
A fantastic robust-bladed example of a Highland field officer’s sword, by Mole of Birmingham. Highland officers of Major and higher rank were permitted to wear these special Scinde Cavalry scroll hilts on their broadsword blades, but being that this was a pattern only for Field Rank officers of Highland regiments, these swords do not come around often. Additionally, this is a Victorian example (most surviving ones are George V) and given the straight fully-chequered 1895 pattern backstrap, must date to 1895-1901.
An absolutely superb 1857 pattern Royal Engineers officer’s sword, made by top maker Pillin of London and carrying an extra-detailed etched blade containing the crest of the original officer (unidentified). This sword is unusually robust and is heavier than an average example of the pattern, having a thick brass guard and deep grip.
Antique Victorian Heavy Cavalry Officer Swords – 1821 & 1896 Patterns
There is no 1887 pattern!
A Mamluk Sword, Egypt or Syria, 13th-15th Century
The straight double-edged steel blade with engraved inscription on both sides, the hilt with rounded, ridged pommel, oval-shaped wood reserved in the centre, with a wrist-strap ring above and pierced quillon tips. 106 cm.
British Pattern 1890 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword for the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards (Canada)
This sabre was used by a trooper of the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, a regiment based in Ottawa and created in 1872. The regiment contributed volunteers to the Boer War and the First World War.
This sabre was made in 1898 by Mole. It appears to be marked to the 5th Dragoon Guards, a regiment created in 1903, which would indicate that the regiment did not adopt the 1899 sabre. It is in near pristine shape, with only a few discolourations and minimal wear to the leather grip. The sword knot, which rarely survives, is in great shape.
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.