Category: regency

British Pattern 1816 Rifleman’s or Pioneer’s Sword

55.5 cm curved blade by REEVES, with double edged clipped back point, regulation brass stirrup hilt with Lion’s head pommel and ribbed grip, contained in its brass mounted leather scabbard.

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Pattern 1820 1st Life Guards Trooper’s Sword

95.5cm blade, regulation steel hilt with bowl guard engraved and pierced with crown over the regimental cypher, the border decorated with 12 brass studs (one missing), wire bound fish skin grip (wire binding A/F), in its steel scabbard, complete with buff leather sword knot.

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13th Light Dragoons Officers; 1814, 1844, 1839, 1835 by Reginald Augustus Wymer

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There seems to be some disagreement as to the use of this sword pattern. Traditionally it is considered a pioneers sword, but some believe it was issued to privates of the rifle brigade. They are often dated to circa 1830, but this one was made by Osborn & Gunby so it must date between 1808 and 1821. It is an attractive brute of a short sword.

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British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword, c.1822-1830

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British Police Cutlass, 19th Century

Very Rare Police Side Arm c. 1832-37, the 58 cm curved broad blade with single fuller and spear point edged with ‘Wm. Parker Maker to His Majesty, Holborn, London’ and ‘Croydon Police. C.’, fish skin grip lacking wire binding, brass stirrup shaped hand guard, together with its brass bound dark brown leather scabbard.

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British Sword, Early 19th Century

A MAMELUKE-HILTED OFFICER’S SWORD RETAILED BY GILL, PRINCE’S STREET, SOHO, LONDON, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with pipe-backed blade formed with a spear point, etched on one face ‘Gill’s warranted’ within an oval, gilt-brass hilt decorated with a finely punched ground, comprising a pair of flat langets swelling towards the terminals, back-strap, and a pair of horn grip-scales retained by three pairs of gilt-brass rivets with circular washers (one missing) and the pommel pierced for a knot, in its gilt-brass scabbard with two large mounts formed as expanded flower heads, each fitted with a ring for suspension, signed on the locket, and with some early gilding throughout. 85.5 cm; 33 5/8 in blade.

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British Pattern 1805 Naval Officer’s Sword

By Shrapnall, 61 Charing Cross, Early 19th Century. The blade etched and gilt against a blued ground on one side with post-1801 crowned royal arms and mottoes between trophies and foliage, and on the other with crowned ‘GR’ cypher between an agricultural trophy and foliage, the back with bladesmith’s name ‘J.J. Runkel, Soligen’ (grip with minor chip), in original black leather scabbard (split beneath the suspension mount, worn overall) with linear engraved gilt mounts and D-rings for suspension, the locket signed in full on one side and with frog-stud on the other, and retaining much original gilding. 82.5 cm blade.

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Probably carried by the 7th Earl of Northesk during his naval career.

James Shrapnell is recorded at 61 Charing Cross between 1774 and 1808.

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A fold-out version of the Infantry (and Cavalry) Sword Exercise, published in Manchester, Great Britain, 1822.

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British Saw Back Pioneer’s Sword, 19th Century

Wide, slightly curved, single-and false-edged blade with saw-back and mark above the tang; mono-quillon, solid brass hilt with pommel shaped as lion’s head, opening for a sword knot. length 67 cm.