British Pattern 1832 Life Guards Officer’s Sword of Robert Blane, Dated 1832
By Prosser, Manufacturer To The King, Charing Cross, London. With tapering fullered blade (some scattered pitting) double-edged at the point, the forte on both sides etched with dated maker’s details, crowned flaming grenade above regimental foliate cypher, and ‘2’ over bound oak and palm branches, one side stamped with Prosser’s mark, regulation brass hilt cast with scrollwork and comprising side-guard pierced with three scrolled bars swept-up to join the knuckle-guard, ovoidal guard beneath with flaming grenade above and below, the former engraved with owner’s monogram ‘RB’, pommel-cap cast with flaming grenade between wings and thunderbolts, and ribbed fishskin-covered grip bound with brass wire.101 cm. blade.
The ‘RB’ monogram is that of Robert Blane who purchased his commission as a Sub Lieutenant in the 2nd Life Guards on 1 November 1831. He purchased his promotion to Lieutenant on 25 March 1836 and to Captain on 8 June 1838. He went Half Pay on 28 January 1848 on the Unattached List and during this time he re-joined for full-time service and was promoted to Major on II November 1851, Lt. Colonel 12 Dec 1854 and Colonel on II April 1860. He served in the Eastern Campaign of 1854/55 as Assistant Adjutant General and latterly as Military Secretary. He was present at the Battles of Alma, Balaklava and Inkerman and the siege and fall of Sebastopol. He was made CBE in 1857 and also received the Knight of the Legion of Honour, Commander of St Maurice and St Lazarus of Italy, and the Order of the Medjidie (5th Class) as well as the Turkish Medal. On his appointment as Colonel he was made Assistant Adjutant General in Dublin in 1860. He died on 29 May 1871 having only just returned from St Petersburg where he had served as Military Attache.
British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword
A British 1821 pattern heavy cavalry officer’s undress sword, slightly curved pipe-backed blade 36 in., steel hilt of ‘honeysuckle’ pattern with pierced scrolling design, shagreen covered grip, stepped pomel, steel scabbard.
“Undress” is just a sexy way of saying it is a service sword, not a dress sword.