Category: georgian

British 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword, c.1800

The curved blade is etched with the crowned Royal cypher, Royal arms and name J.J. Runkel Solinger to top edge, the gilt metal stirrup hilt incorporating backstrap and pommel formed as a maned lionhead, with a chequered ivory grip, in its original leather scabbard.

British Infantry Officer’s Sword, c.1800-1820

The 76 cm markedly curved blade with single broad fuller, etched with the crowned ‘GR’ cypher, Royal Arms and floral swags, gilt brass double shell cross piece, stirrup shaped hand guard, brass back strap and silver wire bound grip; together with its black leather scabbard, this with three brass chapes, the reverse of the top one engraved, ‘Dean 9 Strand London’.

British Pattern 1788 Light Cavalry Trooper’s Sword

The 90 cm slightly curved blade with broad fuller and spear point, engraved on one side only with ‘5’ over script ‘LD’.


British Naval Dirk, c.1800

Napoleonic period naval officers dirk, Read, Portsmouth, the ivory handle above the named and engraved scabbard, steel blade.  

British Mameluke Style Officer’s Sword, c.1820-1830

Curved, double-edged blade of lozenge section, first part finely engraved with royal, crowned monogram ‘GR IV’ [for George IV] and among branches, on both sides, the base marked ‘Hamburger Haywood & Co. 30 Kings Street Covent Garden London’; fine, bronze, fire-gilded hilt, richly decorated with floral motifs in high-relief; ivory grip scales (small cracks and damages). Complete with iron scabbard with bronze, gilded mounts. Sword-knot. length 94 cm.

When you get hungry but the only thing you have to eat is a sword.

Out 10 September in the USA. Based on the quality of his past work, this is a must-read book for me. 

Marketing blurb:

From the bestselling author of Return of a King, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.

In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army.

The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company’s reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.

The Anarchy tells one of history’s most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.

British Infantry Hanger (c.1750-80), Officer’s Gorget, and Powder Horn at Fort Mackinac

British Military Knights of Windsor Sword

By Prosser. 76 cm flattened diamond section blade etched with a maker’s panel at the forte, characteristic copper gilt hilt incorporating the regimental badge of the Coldstream Guards.

British Pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword

89 cm plain blade, regulation pierced steel hilt, wire bound ribbed leather covered wooden grip, contained in its black painted steel scabbard.