Category: british army

British Pattern 1896 Cavalry Officer’s Sword

Blade 34½", by Hamburger Rogers & Co, King St, Covent Garden, London WC, etched on both sides with crowned interlaced VR cypher, in scrolled, fenestrated panels, pierced, scroll pattern, half basket guard, cross hatched pommel and thumbpiece to backstrap, wirebound fishskin grip, 21st Lancers gilt sword knot with French grey stripe, in its steel scabbard with 2 rings.

Rifle vs Musket – 19th Century Military History

Looking specifically at the P1853 Rifle vs the East India Company Model F smoothbore musket here, but considering the wider implications of gun development in the middle of the 19th century. 


3rd Bengal Cavalry Regimental Pattern Trooper’s Sword

A scarce regimental special pattern solid patent tang cavalry sword for a native officer or trooper of the 3rd. Bengal Cavalry, Skinner’s Horse, the heavy wide straight 91.5cm blade by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, numbered on the back edge 150 fully 40cm wide at the shoulder, back-edged and spear-pointed, solid steel guard undecorated but for the regimental device ‘3 BC’ in the form of a large brass badge secured to the guard by three small internal rivets, the number 150 again struck on the guard, plain domed pommel, chequered leather grips riveted on to the solid tang,lacking scabbard otherwise good condition.


Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword for a British Officer in India

An unusual 1821 pattern Indian light cavalry sword, with silver koftghari decorated guard, the deeply curved 80 cm blade by Garden, single wide fuller, perhaps a trooper’s blade the back edge being struck ‘Garden’ but not numbered and completely undecorated, regulation three-bar guard the inside and outside decorated overall with a repeat floral pattern in fine silver koftghari inside the guard near the slot for the sword-knot can found a BUDH or ‘magic square’ plain domed pommel with elongated tang-button, plain eared back-strap, ribbed hardwood grip.

Garden, Army Accoutrement Makers & Sword-Cutlers. Between 1862 and 1877 the gunmaking side of the business was carried on under the name of Garden, Robert Spring, and the accoutrement side under that of Garden & Son, they were located at 200 Piccadilly, circa 1824-1891.

British 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword, c.1800

The curved blade is etched with the crowned Royal cypher, Royal arms and name J.J. Runkel Solinger to top edge, the gilt metal stirrup hilt incorporating backstrap and pommel formed as a maned lionhead, with a chequered ivory grip, in its original leather scabbard.

British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword

By Hamburger Rogers and Company, pierced decorated guard, wired shagreen grip, with curved engraved blade, length 87cm overall length 102.5cm, steel scabbard.

Interesting Swords From 2nd Anglo-Afghan War Photos:

British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword with Coat of Arms of Spain

Perhaps dating to the First Carlist War? Britain sent volunteer and regular Army forces to oppose the Carlist army.


British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword with Patent Solid Hilt, 1894

A gorgeous Wilkinson patent solid hilt light cavalry officer’s sword, marked to the Queen’s Own 4th Hussars, sold to Henry J F Newbould of the 4th Hussars in January 1894 (a fellow officer of Winston Churchill, who was in the same regiment). This sword ticks so many boxes – a numbered Wilkinson to a named officer, but also regimentally marked, which is unusual, and to a good regiment, plus it’s a desirable patent solid hilt. The hilt is absolutely rock solid on the hilt of course, the guard, backstrap and blade all have an even patina (which could be brightened with careful cleaning in the future). The etching is clear. The blade is straight and sound. The grips are in very good condition with sharp chequering. Nearly all the silver grip wire is still in place (missing two strands at the bottom groove). Plus, this sword was certainly in the presence of Winston Churchill when he was a young officer, who joined the 4th Hussars very close to Newbould. In the hand this sword feels chunky and it is quite rigid, with a straight blade primarily for thrusting.


British Non-Regulation Cavalry Officer’s Sword

An unusual custom built solid-patent tang cavalry officer’s fighting sword, by Reeves, the heavy 90cm blade struck on the back edge ‘Reeves patent’, single wide fuller back-edged and spear-pointed, undecorated but for the retailer’s details within a cartouche ‘Millan & Mann, George Street, Edinburgh’, steel bowl guard pierced through with a ‘Maltese Cross’ device, simple border engraving following the outline of the cross and around the edge of the guard, two slots to the back of the guard, the top part of the guard also pierced with a slot for a sword-knot, flat elongated pommel, no provision for a ferule or back-strap the tang being visible on both sides of the grip plaques, which are of polished vulcanite secured to the solid tang by seven rivets through each, complete with its steel scabbard with two hanging rings.

Charles Reeves, Sword-Cutler and Gunmaker, is recorded at No. 8 Air Street, Piccadilly, London, from 1853.

This sword appears to be based on the 1864 pattern troopers sword, with some variations, presumably built to the special order of a cavalry officer as a fighting sword, plain undecorated blades being popular with Indian Army officers.