Category: eic

victoriansword: Light dragoon pattern shako…

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Light dragoon pattern shako and plume worn by Cornet C Cazenove, 6th Madras Light Cavalry, 1851 ©.

The 6th Cavalry were originally raised in 1799. The British officers of the Madras Army’s Light Cavalry regiments wore a distinctive French grey uniform that had been adopted in 1818. Their shakos, tunics and overalls closely followed the British pattern.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1963-09-264-2

Copyright/Ownership

National Army Museum, London

Location

National Army Museum, Study collection

Object URL

http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=1963-09-264-2

victoriansword: An Unusual East India Compa…

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An Unusual East India Company Naval Officer’s Sword

82cm pipe backed blade by W.Parker London, etched with scrolling foliage, the East India Company arms and motto (partly erased), copper gilt gothic type hilt with bold lion’s head pommel, the guard applied with the East India Company crest and initials E.I.C. within a wreath in silver, the ferrule embossed with flower heads, inner folding guard, wire bound fish skin grip, in its re-leathered scabbard with engraved brass mounts with two suspension rings, the locket with frog stud.

victoriansword: British Pattern 1796 Light Ca…

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British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword with an Indian Blade, Early 19th Century

The heavy deeply curved 80 cm blade of Indian workmanship cut with shallow double grooves to each side, struck with a single small armourers mark and engraved with a short inscription in Islamic script, copper-gilt hilt, 1796 style knuckle-guard, rounded langets, finely cast and chased pommel in the form of a lions head, faceted back-strap, fish-skin covered grip bound with copper wire.

victoriansword: British Pattern 1822 Infantry …

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British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword for an Officer of the East India Company 

A rare East India Company officer’s sword, based on the British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword. This example is unique because it has a straight double-edged blade rather than the regulation slightly curved pipe-back blade. This blade may be original to the sword, but it possible that it is a later replacement. Here is a similar example but with a pipe-back blade.

victoriansword: British Pattern 1796 Light Ca…

victoriansword:

British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword with an Indian Blade, Early 19th Century

The heavy deeply curved 80 cm blade of Indian workmanship cut with shallow double grooves to each side, struck with a single small armourers mark and engraved with a short inscription in Islamic script, copper-gilt hilt, 1796 style knuckle-guard, rounded langets, finely cast and chased pommel in the form of a lions head, faceted back-strap, fish-skin covered grip bound with copper wire.

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British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Style Offic…

British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword with an Indian Blade, Early 19th Century

The heavy deeply curved 80 cm blade of Indian workmanship cut with shallow double grooves to each side, struck with a single small armourers mark and engraved with a short inscription in Islamic script, copper-gilt hilt, 1796 style knuckle-guard, rounded langets, finely cast and chased pommel in the form of a lions head, faceted back-strap, fish-skin covered grip bound with copper wire.

British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer’s Sword for…

British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer’s Sword for an Officer of the 4th Bombay Rifles

A very rare and desirable East India Company 4th Bombay Rifles officer’s sword, pre-dating the Persian campaign of 1860. The sword was made/retailed by Hart, who seem to have specialied in swords for Indian service. The blade features fantastic etching with battle honours for the 4th Bombay Rifles, including “Seringartam”, “Beni Boo Ali”, “Bourbon”, “Punjab” and “Mooltan”. In 1861 the regiment added “Persia” to their battle honours, so this sword must pre-date that – it also features the East India Company lion, so it presumably dates to before 1858. The sword has been service-sharpened and must have seen a fascinating bit of history. While it may not be possible to attribute it to one particular officer, there are literally only a handful of possible candidates in the India Army List who are likely to have carried this sword. The sword came with a period train ticket attached to it (pictured), which may possibly offer the hope of narrowing down the original owner. I only know of two other 4th Bengal Rifles swords and they are both in the private collections of people I know. The sword itself is in reasonably good condition, but shows clear signs of hard campaigning – most notably the wear to the grip, where there is some loss to the shagreen and grip wire. This likely dates to the period of the sword’s service and corresponds to the areas of the grip which get most worn when gripping it. The guard and scabbard are fairly dark from patina, but the blade is really very good, with the etching all clear and crisp and the service sharpening having been well executed. The sword sheaths perfectly in the scabbard and the blade is tight in the hilt.

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victoriansword: British Pattern 1822 Infantry …

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British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword

Infantry officer’s sword belonging to Colonel James Livingstone, who served in the 18th Bombay Native Infantry until 1833.

When the new pattern of Infantry officers sword for the British Army was introduced in 1822, the East India Company followed suit. On the guard the King’s monogram was replaced by the rampant lion of the Company, and the blade also bore the arms of the Company rather than those of the monarch.

NAM Accession Number 

NAM. 1960-05-92-1

Copyright/Ownership

National Army Museum, London

Location

National Army Museum, Study collection

Object URL

http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=1960-05-92-1