Category: saber

British 18th Hussars Mameluke-Hilted Officer’s…

British 18th Hussars Mameluke-Hilted Officer’s Dress Sword, c.WWI

With curved blade double-edged towards the point, etched with scrolling foliage, crowned Royal Arms, ‘GRV’ cypher [for George V], on one face and further designs including ‘XVIII Royal Hussars’ on the other, gilt-brass hilt cast with foliage and palmette in low relief, the outer face with the Regimental device and inscription ‘Pro Patria Conamur’ [

For King, for Law, for Country we strive ] in white metal, ivory grip retained by a pair of rivets with flower head caps (cracked), in its silver-plated scabbard with gilt-brass locket, middle-band and chape all cast with scrolls and flowers in low relief, two rings for suspension, and with its bullion sword knot.

victoriansword: Waterloo Spam: The French Conn…

victoriansword:

Waterloo Spam: The French Connection

Although I focus on British swords of the 19th century, I try to include other swords, weapons, and armour that I think are cool and often have some connection to Britain and its empire and its wars. I would be remiss if I only spammed you with British militaria today, so I will present you with a few images from the sales catalog for “The Charles Bremner Hogg Jackson Collection”. Jackson was an avid collector who left his collection to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. A large portion of the collection–French militaria from the First Empire–was considered beyond the scope of the Smithsonian and it was therefore sold via auction in 1996. Below are a few interesting pieces from the catalog.

Above: A silver hilted sword of honour  together with documents including a Brevet of Honor granting the sword, dated 4 Nivose An 8, signed Bonaparte and citing Jacques Grognet, Captain of Grenadiers of the 51st Demi Brigade.

Above: Non-Regulation General Officer of Cuirassiers Helmet

Above: Deluxe Cavalry Officer’s Sabre of the Imperial Guard

Above, from top to bottom: Deluxe Light Cavalry Officer’s Sabre, Model An XI Lancers/Chasseurs Sabre, Model An XI Light Cavalry Sabre a la Chasseur, Model An XI Light Cavalry Sabre, Model An XI Light Cavalry Sabre.

British Silver Hilted Presentation Sword by H…

British Silver Hilted Presentation Sword by Hebbert & Co., c.1860s

With an intricate silver hilt and an etched blade with blank scrolls for a presentation inscription. Only one scroll is etched with “Presented to”, so presumably this sword was never decorated with the recipient’s name or the occasion of the presentation.

peashooter85:A pistol saber, a sword with an A…

peashooter85:

A pistol saber, a sword with an Allen & Wheelock revolver fitting in the hilt. Used during the American Civil War.

Used by probably one guy who was later heard saying, “Well that didn’t go as planned.”

How Heavy are “Fighting” Swords?…

How Heavy are “Fighting” Swords?

So I decided to weigh a sample of my antique swords to see just how heavy they are – I have to say, I was surprised by the 1796 Light Cavalry Sword!

victoriansword: Some British swords of the Nap…

victoriansword:

Some British swords of the Napoleonic period and of the type used at the Battle of Waterloo. From left to right: Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry style sword with pipe back blade, possibly for an infantry officer, c.1814-1821; Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword; Pattern 1803 Infantry Officer’s Sword for an officer of a flank company, light infantry officer, or rifle officer; Pattern 1796 Infantry Officer’s Sword.

Vietnamese guom, 19th century. from Czerny&rs…

Vietnamese guom, 19th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House

1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword!

1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword!

Here’s a little overview of my 1796 Light Cavarly Officer’s Sword. This thing is a beasty little sabre and I absolutely adore it. I figured it best to compare it to a couple of other swords to give you the best idea of the scale of this particular example.

British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword …

British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword Combined with a Pistol

An interesting combination of a regulation officer’s sword and a pistol. This example was made or retailed by Johnston of Newcastle Street, London.

Indian Sword (Unfortunately Not Wootz)

Indian Sword (Unfortunately Not Wootz)