Category: regency

British Mameluke Style Officer’s Sword, c.1820…

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.

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Colonel James Skinner CB, 1st Regiment of Local Horse, c.1836

Oil on canvas by an unknown artist, a copy of the portrait by William Melville, c.1836 (in the vestry of St James’s Church, Delhi).

The Anglo-Indian soldier James Skinner (1778-1841) was the son of a Scottish officer in the East India Company’s service and a Rajput lady. Formerly an officer in the Maratha Army, Skinner raised two cavalry units for the British, later known as 1st and 2nd Skinner’s Horse. Nicknamed ‘The Yellow Boys’ for their flamboyant saffron-coloured uniforms, they were famous for their horsemanship and skill at arms.

Skinner was well rewarded, enabling him to acquire a town house in Delhi and a large estate at Hansi, Haryana. He maintained a close interest in Indian culture and was an important patron of the arts, commissioning a number of paintings recording his life and exploits.

Skinner lived in princely style and liked to be addressed by his Moghul title, ‘Nasir-ud-Daula, Colonel James Skinner Bahadur Ghalib Jang – Most Exalted, Victorious in War’. Although he was brought up as a Christian, his household included a number of Hindu and Muslim wives and mistresses. He built a church in Delhi, but also a mosque and a Hindu temple.

Such a cross-cultural lifestyle had few admirers among the following generations of soldiers and politicians in India. Towards the end of his life, although promoted to colonel and created a CB by the British, Skinner was conscious that his mixed race status had denied him the highest rewards for his military skills and leadership.

British Military Knights of Windsor Sword

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.

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British Pattern 1827 Naval Officer’s Sword

A Victorian British Naval Officer’s sword, lion head and bound shagreen grip to folding brass guard, 26in. slightly curving pipe back polished steel blade, in black leather and brass scabbard, original dress knot with metal interweave design.

British Sword, Early 19th Century A MAMELUKE-…

British Sword, 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.

victoriansword: British Pattern 1822 Infantry …


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 Police Cutlass, 19th …


British Police Cutlass, 19th Century

The Marshall’s Office, Mansion House, London, Official’s Side Arm c. Mid 19th C, the 44.5 cm curved broad blade with single fuller and spear point is unmarked, ribbed black composition hand grip with stirrup shaped hand guard, quillon and back strap, this engraved with ‘Marshall’s Office, Mansion House, London No.5’, together with its black leather brass mounted scabbard.

This is the second cutlass from Mansion House to come to the market this month! 

Mansion House is the home and office of the Lord Mayor of London. The Marshall’s Office may have been associated with the magistrates’ court which was located in Mansion House. I assume that a store of similar swords was kept there for whatever law enforcement officers were present at Mansion House.

British Pattern 1832 Life Guards Officer&rsq…

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.

victoriansword: British Chest of Arms, c.1830 …


British Chest of Arms, c.1830

Made by Woolley, Sargant and Fairfax. Pine Chest containing twelve flintlock musketoons, pistols, bayonets and cutlasses

Photo from the Butterfield & Butterfield auction catalog for the Charles Bremner Hogg Jackson bequest to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in October of 1996, and now in the collection of the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

 British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s …

 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.