British Police Constabulary Short Sword dates from the mid to late 19th Century and is nicely identified on the knuckleguard 4th Division Cheshire Constabulary. It is mounted with a slightly curved blade that measures 22 ¾ inches in length which remains in good condition however does have some old surface pitting scars and staining. The brass stirrup guard is simple in design and frames a fishskin covered hilt that remains tight and in healthy condition. The leather scabbard wears brass fittings and although is a little crackly does remain in good serviceable condition. Overall measuring 28 ¼ inches in length.
Photos from OldSwords.com (Item
144717) and Illustrated London News, October 19th, 1867 (London police performing cutlass exercise).