British Non-Regulation Officer’s Sword with Presentation Inscription
83.5 cm slightly curved unfullered blade double edged towards the point, proved by Wilkinson, Pall Mall, and etched with presentation inscription within two scrolls, regulation steel honeysuckle hilt, with squared wire bound fish skin covered grip, with leather finger loop at the base, in its leather scabbard with large steel chape, and complete with sword knot of leather strap and acorn, old calling card of Lady Rawlinson attached states ‘Sabre worn when in command of Methuen’s Horse, Bechuana Land, 1884/5.
Just hanging out with a sword, as one does.
Broad 61.5 cm pipe backed blade with quill point, ornate gilt stirrup hilt, the pommel in form of a lion couchant, the back piece cast with trophies of arms, the knuckle guard cast with acanthus leaves and shells, wire bound fish skin covered grip, together with a modern leather scabbard with engraved brass mounts, two suspension rings, the locket engraved with a naval presentation inscription.
A sneak peek at a new e-book, British Infantry Swords of the Napoleonic Era, by Nick Thomas of the Academy of Historical Fencing.
Interesting Royal Artillery Officers Sword by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London, No. 6867 with Patent Solid Hilt, curved single edge etched and polished blade with crowned royal arms, cipher, regimental devices and the owner’s name ‘THOMAS WALKER ESQ BOMBAY ARTILLERY’ etched within lozenge, regulation triple bar iron guard, plain iron grip strap, grip entirely covered in silver wire bound fish skin, in its iron scabbard. Blade 90 cm, overall 105 cm.
British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword
A 1796 light cavalry style sword with a very intimidating blade.
Early 19th Century British Naval Officers Sword, pipe back blade etched with 1801-1816 Royal arms and fouled anchor, regulation gilt brass hilt with folding side guard, lion’s head pommel, fouled anchor in guard, wire bound fish skin grip, remains of bullion dress knot, in its brass mounted leather scabbard. Blade 74 cm, overall 89 cm. Good condition, hilt retains approx. 80% original gilding, some patches of light pitting to blade, traces of gilding to scabbard mounts.
21 Foot Rule – Drawing the Sword for Self Defence – Sabre
Drawing the weapon in a self defence scenario is far from a new problem. Here we consider what it would have been like to apply the principals studied today for law enforcement defence, but placed in a historical context and when carrying a sword.
This is not a scientific or conclusive piece of research, just a brief look into the subject. Many more videos will follow looking at different scenarios. weapons, holsters and belts etc.
NOTE – the fencer who was drawing the sabre did not always draw the cut through completely as he would for real. This was largely out of necessity for safety with an untipped blade. The object of the exercise was to find the distances at which one could defend oneself and not test cutting skill.