A variant of the P1896, made by Mole and marked to the India Stores Department (ISD).
76.5 cm sharply curved blade stamped ISD beneath an arrow at the forte, MOLE and an I beneath an arrow on the back edge, regulation steel hilt stamped F.W.A 7.00 at the quillon, ribbed iron grip, contained in its brass mounted leather scabbard, stamped 276 on the frog stud and with Ordnance marks to the lower mount.
British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword
Wide, curved, single-and false-edged blade with large, central fuller, the base engraved with crowned, royal monogram, trophies and floral motifs on one side, and with royal coat-of-arms and motto “DIEU MON DROIT”; remains of gilding; iron, finished, mono-quillon hilt, leather-covered grip, with iron wire binding, faceted ring-nut; complete with scabbard with two suspension rings.
One piece brass grip, pommel and crossguard, the centre of the crossguard having the Royal cipher V.R. Steel twin edged blade marked Mole and date year 00, reverse marked with WD mark over crown B3 and X , shoulder edge with crown over B3. In its brass mounted black leather scabbard. Locket has a decorated frog stud and mark crown over B3 as does the chape. Overall length 46.6 cm, blade 33.1 cm.
Occasionally we find antique military swords with leather covers on parts or all of their hilts. Here we look at a British example with a blade from the 1860s, a hilt from the 1890s, and applied leather over its entire guard on inside and out.
It is mounted with a curved blade that measures 27 5/8 inches in length which remains in very nice original condition with only some minor surface scratches. It has a detailed brass hilt that is embellished with a lion’s head pommel, acorn finials and crossguard adorned with a crown on either side. The brass scabbard is marked 2nd West India upon the throat. Overall measuring 34 ½ inches in length.