Category: british

British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s S…

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.

Pair of British Officers’ Spadroons, 1797

Pair of British Officers’ Spadroons, 1797

Nick Thomas states;

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.

British 1796-Style Officer’s Sword A fine 179…

British 1796-Style Officer’s Sword

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.

Portrait of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-…

Portrait of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), circa early 20th century.

British 1st Pattern Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting K…

British 1st Pattern Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife

Marked at the ricasso on one side of the blade blade, Wilkinson Sword Co Ltd London. On the other face is The F-S Fighting Knife. Reverse swept crossguard in the earlier heavy metal, with knurled cheaquered grip. The blade of some 6.5/8" in the double-edged style, with some light staining evident. The sheath of brown leather with Newey pop-stud present, the frog is lacking one one side. The wings have been removed, from the sheath by the wearer during the war.

British 1796-Style Oficer’s Sword with Horse H…

British 1796-Style Oficer’s Sword with Horse Head Pommel, c.1810-20

Steel guard knucklebow hilt and langets, with wire wrapped fishskin grip. The pipe-back blade has evidence of some pitting, 33.¾" in length. With its steel scabbard present, having two mount loops.

The auction house states that this was for a Yeomanry officer, although they offer no evidence. No matter its provenance, it is a beautiful sword!

British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword …

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,…

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!

A SPECIAL WILKINSON SWORD FOR AN OFFICER OF TH…

A SPECIAL WILKINSON SWORD FOR AN OFFICER OF THE GURKHA RIFLES:

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.

A 54-Bore Percussion Kerr Patent Single-Acti…

A 54-Bore Percussion Kerr Patent Single-Action Revolver Retailed By The London Armoury Company, No. 10.778 And 131, Circa 1860

With octagonal sighted barrel (some old bruising along the side flats) and top-strap retaining some original blueing, serial numbered cylinder, border engraved frame (action defective) and signed back-action lock, the first engraved ‘Kerr’s Patent 10.778.’ on one side, and stamped ‘London Armoury’ on the other, plain trigger-guard and ovoidal butt-cap, the latter with lanyard ring, hinged rammer with sprung side-catch, and chequered figured rounded butt, London Armoury marks and London proof marks. 14.5 cm barrel.