Curved, single -tip and false-edged blade, of flat section; Oriental, iron quillon with langets and straight quillons ending in buttons, decorated with gold-inlaid floral motifs, the back of the grip decorated with gilt motifs, with anatomic, ivory grip scales with angled pommel. Wooden scabbard with leather covering, white metallic and brass mounts. Worked in Oriental style, with shamshir-like quillon.
The scabbard looks like something one might see in an Indian regiment. I wonder if this might possibly have belonged to a British or Indian officer?
British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword
Bucks Yeomanry Officer’s 1821 Pattern Sword, the 89 cm bright blade by Hobson & Sons, London & Woolwich with single fuller is etched with a shield ‘Bucks Yeomanry’ crowned VR cypher and a scroll ‘Vety.Surgeon, Lepper’ plus panels of scrolling foliage, the pierced triple bar steel hand guard with patterned back strap, wire bound fish skin grip contained in its steel scabbard.
An interesting pair as their hilts are of identical form, hallmarked silver hilts made in London only three years apart. Blades of similar type, but different thickness and length. I bet there is a story to them that has been lost, owned by two relatives, or two friends in the same unit. (Unit regs stipulated at the time that all officers had to have matching swords in a Regiment). Something like that.
The blade lengths are 81.5cm, silver hilt hallmarks for London 1794 and 1797, reeded ivory grip and square pommel, 91cm and 94.5cm long overall. The 1797 date is interested, being after the new 1796 double shell pattern. Perhaps made for a volunteer unit.
A fine 1796 Pattern Cavalry Officers sword. Etched blade 30" with Stands of Arms and William IV Cypher. Blade in beautiful condition. Gilt brass stirrup hilt. Copper bound leather over wood grip. In its steel scabbard.
The auction house does not provide a photo of the royal cypher. I would be very surprised if it was a William IV cypher as this style of sword would have been out of use for about 10 years by the time he took the throne.
An antique late 19th / early 20th century believed Victorian malacca cane sword stick / walking cane. With a horn handle and an embossed silver white metal collar with engraved initials ‘A.B.’ Having a concealed pointed square blade to the interior. Measures approx 88 cm long.
British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword with Curved Clipped-Point Blade, c.1822-30
The clipped-point blade was popular in Italy in the 19th century. This blade may not be original to the hilt and may be from an Italian or other European officer’s sword. The royal cypher on the guard is GRIV for George IV. Blade length 80 cm.
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!
It seems fitting on this, Armistice Day 11th November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, to honour a fallen soldier.
This sword recently came into my possession and even without the provenance would have attracted my attention, as fitting exactly into the kind of swords I specialise in: non-regulation, or rather special order, officers’ fighting swords. It was made in 1897 by Wilkinson for an officer of the 4th Gurkha Rifles who served in war and peace for over two decades, ultimately giving his life.