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victoriansword: British Pattern 1821 Light Cav…


British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword

A fine and interesting 1821 pattern solid-patent tang light cavalry officer’s presentation sword for an officer of the 49th. Regiment, the 87cm slightly curved blade of flat-solid section, back-edged, by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London, No. 5898 (for 1855) finely etched on one side with crowned VR cypher, and within a garter ‘49th. Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Regiment.’ a dragon and ‘China’ and within scrolling ribbons the battle honours for ‘Egmont-Op-Zee’, ‘Copenhagen’ and ‘Queenstown’ and within a panel near the ricasso ‘Sebastopol, Inkermann, 1854-1855, October 17th., October 26th., November 5th.’ the whole amid finely etched foliate scrolls and strap work, the reverse of the blade etched with a long presentation inscription contained within a central panel again flanked by foliate scrolls and strap work, ‘This sword was purchased by the tenants of Sir A. V. Corbet Bart. to present to his son Captain W. R. Corbet. H.M. 49th. Regt. on his promotion-Feb. 2nd. 1855. as a mark of their affection and esteem. but he never lived to receive it- dying of brain fever at Marseilles-March 19th. 1855’. Regulation steel three-bar guard, partly chequered back-strap and chequered pommel, solid patent-tang hilt with vulcanized grips bound with silver wire, complete with its steel scabbard with two hanging rings, blade retaining much of its original finish, hilt and scabbard lightly rust patinated overall.

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword …

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword and Various British Militaria

A pair of cavalry officer’s white leather gauntlets, a pair of gilt (worn) fused grenade pattern cloak fasteners. A GVR levee pattern 1897 pattern infantry officer’s sword, the 64cm bright blade with single fuller and etched both sides with scrolling foliage panels, plated hilt incorporating the GVR crowned cypher, wire bound fish skin hand grip, contained in its leather bound metal scabbard. The polished steel shoe and spear point head from a lance, a red/white lance pennon. A 19th century pewter half-pint tankard, a maroon coloured cloth fez (crushed), a modern glengarry with diced band. A blackened wood war club (66cm) to the finial, the hand grip bound in snakeskin(?).

victoriansword: British Light Infantry Officer…


British Light Infantry Officer’s Sword, c.1800-10

A Georgian Light Company Officer’s sword, 68.5 cm sharply curved blade frost etched with Royal Arms WARRANTED an angel a pineapple a figure of Britannia and a crowned GR cipher, regulation steel stirrup hilt, the pommel chiselled with a lion’s head, copper wire bound ivory grip, contained in its steel scabbard, complete with knot. One scabbard ring replaced.

This sword is insanely beautiful. I’m geeking out over this thing.

British 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) Part …

British 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) Part Full Dress & Mess Dress Uniforms Of Honorary Lieutenant (QM) Peter Fraser Fleming. Appointed 21st February 1894

Comprising Full Dress black bearskin this complete with QVC period gilt plume holder, 9” white feather plume and carrying case, the bearskin with buff leather lining, correct pattern gilt brass chin chain (stitching faults). Full Dress scarlet tunic complete with all lacing and gilt regimental buttons and rank badges. Full Dress pouch belt & pouch (HM London 1891 by BWL). Full Dress waist belt with very fine gilt and silver rectangular plate (QVC), together with the companion white canvas waist belt for wear under the tunic, this with laced straps for sabre only. Sabretache in black patent leather with large Eagle/Waterloo gilt mount (rubbed), complete with the three laced suspension straps and laced waist belt this with special pattern two-part plate in gilt metal, thistle panel ends and ‘S’ shaped fastener (spear point finials and central globular decoration). Full Dress sword knot with thistle finial (distressed), full dress white leather gauntlets. A section of broad thistle pattern gold lace removed from overalls. Mess Dress waistcoat of special regimental pattern, scarlet cloth with gold lace panelled front, to save wear on the gold lace olivets this garment fastens at the rear, Mess Jacket (named inside to ‘P F Fleming Scots Greys’) of scarlet cloth, stand up collar, the whole edged all round with regimental pattern lace, gilt teat buttons (hook & eye fasteners), some stitching faults here and there but otherwise in very good overall condition £2000-3000.

Peter Fraser Fleming was born in 1855 and attested for the 2nd Dragoons on 7 October 1874. He was appointed Honorary Lieutenant (Quarter Master) on 21 February 1894, after 19 years and 135 days in the ranks, and retired as such in 1901.

victoriansword: British Mameluke Hilted Offi…


British Mameluke Hilted Officer’s Sabre

75 cm blade with clipped-back point etched, blued and gilt with cartouches containing various Egyptian deities interspersed with Egyptian motifes including a scarab, various stars, serpents, and other designs, and signed along the back edge in blue against a gilt ground ’S. Brunn, 56 Charing Cross’, the hilt with gilt crossguard engraved with leaves, the ecusson embossed with a flower head, one-piece ebony grip (cracked), in its leather scabbard with copper gilt mounts (rubbed) engraved with foliage, the chape engraved with a cartouche containing a seated lion beneath a palm tree, the locket signed ‘Saml Brunn, Sword Cutler to HRH The Prince Of Wales, 56 Charing Cross London’. (Scabbard leather worn).

‘Studying the Sword Exercise’, b…

‘Studying the Sword Exercise’, by D. Dighton, 1815. 

A typical caricature piece of the period, and a good reminder that no matter how much reading you do, you still got to get out and fence!

–Nick Thomas, Academy of Historical Fencing

victoriansword: Regulation British Infantry Of…


Regulation British Infantry Officer’s Swords, 1786-1897.

From left to right: 1786, 1796, 1803, 1822, 1827, 1845, 1827/45, 1892, 1895, 1897.

If you own one book about British regulation m…


If you own one book about British regulation military swords, it should be this one.

The Mk I Martini Henry: The 2018 Riflechair …

The Mk I Martini Henry: The 2018 Riflechair Cabin Fever Challenge

Real sabres have curves! But how much?

Real sabres have curves! But how much?