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Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword for an officer of the Honourable East India Company (HEIC), with presentation inscription.

Description: Presentation sword with the original scabbard etched on the blade.Lieut. Capel Fothergill Adey. “This sword presented to him at the public examination on the (…) by the Honorable Court of Directors of the East India Company as a mark of the court’s approbation of his general good conduct while at the Company’s Military Seminary.Maker: E & W Bond, 45 Cornhill, London.

Source for the presentation address: Google Books


Superb silver-gilt presentation sword and other items relating to the early history of the H.E.I.C.’s Steam Navy and, more specifically, the celebrated paddle sloop Hugh Lindsay, and her master Commander John Henry Wilson

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British Police Cutlass, 19th Century

With curved fullered blade, fish skin grip and brass hilt, brass mounted leather scabbard, length of blade 60 cm, overall length in scabbard 77.5 cm.

British Officer’s Basket-Hilted Sword With Indian Gold Koftgari Decoration, Mid-Late 18th Century

With earlier Indian curved tulwar blade double-edged at the point and with a decoratively chiselled panel on one side below the forte, the forte silver-damascened over both sides with the nada’ali quatrain, invocations to God, Muhammad, ‘Ali, Hasan and Husayn’ in poorly formed naskh, one side incised with two cartouches, one retaining traces of a gold-damascened inscription, elaborate guard of thin bars (two small breaks) forming open ovoidal panels damascened with gold dots and framing shaped crosses damascened with gold flower-heads, the remaining surfaces gold-damascened with landscape scenes inhabited by birds and animals including falcons attacking wildfowl and tigers attacking blackbuck, fore-guards, large scrolled wrist-guard and compressed globular pommel all decorated en suite, the wrist-guard with a sun-in-splendour amid scrolling foliage, the pommel surmounted by a large turned tang button, and chequered spirally-grooved dark horn grip (strap missing) with a silver ferrule above and below, in its wooden scabbard covered in partly tooled black leather (lower part replaced, chape missing) with shaped locket and suspension mount each decorated en suite with the hilt and carrying a ring for suspension. 78 cm blade.

Scots Guards Sergeant’s Sword, c.1850

Having a ray skin and wire bound grip, brass hilt with lion head pommel, shaped knuckle guard with Scots Guards emblem, Scottish thistle shell guard, forward facing quillon, single edged fullered blade with stamped ricasso ’ Hawkes & Co London Manufacturers To The Queen ’, leather scabbard with brass furniture and hanger rings. Measures: 97 cm overall.

Napoleonic Naval Close Combat with Cutlass, Pistol & Bayonet – Lieut William Pringle Green

A fantastic manual on the use of close combat weapons during Napoleonic naval warfare is now available. The treatise of Lieut William Pringle Green:


British Pattern 1804 Naval Cutlasses at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Close Quarters Naval Combat in the Napoleonic Era

Our latest free release! Pringle Green’s 1812 manual provides a unique and incredible insight into close quarters naval combat in the Napoleonic era. It is primarily focused on group tactics and strategies, but also gives insight and instruction into simple methods to be used by individuals.

This work can be downloaded as a free PDF on our resources page, along with many other contemporary works –

Painstakingly transcribed and presented by the Academy of Historical Fencing, with collaboration with Kraken Swords.


British Pattern 1919 Royal Air Force Officer’s Sword

A Royal Air Force Officer’s Sword
82.5cm blade etched with the Royal Arms, RAF badge, vacant panels and foliage, regulation gilt hilt incorporating GRV cypher, eagle head pommel, wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its leather scabbard, with gilt mounts, complete with sword knot of gold and blue strap and bullion acorn.

The RAF Officer’s Sword shares design elements with the Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword. The hilt design is nearly the same, except for the RAF emblem on the guard and the hilt material, which is brass. The blade is that of the P1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword, but with RAF motifs etched on the blade.

British Pattern 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword

With double-edged fullered blade etched with scrolling foliage and trophies on a frosted panel at the forte, iron hilt comprising basket-guard of rounded bars carrying an alternating arrangement of rectangular and square panels pierced with heart-shaped apertures and enriched with linear ornament and fluting, scrolling quillon, fluted pommel, wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, with its doeskin liner and silk tassel, in its iron-mounted leather scabbard
82.2 cm; 32 3/8 in blade