British Police Cutlass, c.1813-1817
57 cm curved blade etched GILL’S Warranted, 6 Princes Street, Soho, London, regulation brass hilt with D-shaped knuckle guard, ribbed leather covered grip.
It is possible that the blade began life as a cavalry sword (hence the early 19th century date of manufacture) and was later cut down and re-hilted for police use. There were tens of thousands of light cavalry swords made during the Napoleonic period, and a number of them were cut down and reused for other weapons such as naval and police cutlasses.
British Presentation Sword for the Attorney’s Cavalry, c.1800
PRESENTATION SWORD OF THE ATTORNEY’S CAVALRY BY PROSSER, 78 cm curved blade decorated with stands of arms, Royal arms, a figure of Britannia, a further classical female figure, laurel wreaths and swags all on a gilt ground, further etched with a presentation panel THE GIFT OF THE SECOND TROOP OF THE ATTORNEY’S CAVALRY TO CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT ESQ.E THEIR CAPTAIN AS A MARK OF THEIR RESPECT AND ESTEEM, patination and staining, classically styled gilt hilt with square form D-shaped knuckle guard, the whole decorated with Roman imagery, wire bound leather covered grip, contained in its shagreen covered copper gilt mounted wooden scabbard, the upper mount with maker’s panel for PROSSER.
The Attorney’s Cavalry were a militia/yeomanry cavalry unit in Ireland in the late 18th century and early 19th century.
Hong Kong Police Sword, 19th Century
A rare Hong Kong Police (mounted police) cavalry sword, dating to the late-19th century. I have never seen one of these before and they must be rare survivors outside Hong Kong. As can be seen from the photo below, from around 1885, the Hong Kong Police had a mounted contingent which was armed and equipped like a cavalry troop. The sword itself is in nice condition, with the original field service scabbard. The blade is bright and is marked to the outfitter Parker, Field & Son, who supplied the military and police. The blade is unsharpened and is solid in the hilt. It is evident that the hilt was originally nickel plated and patches of this remain. The shagreen and wire grip is in nice condition.
Essentially a British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword , but for the police.
British Police Cutlass, 19th Century
Victorian Police cutlass, 24 ins slightly curved clipped single edged fullered blade with unusual WD and broad arrow stamp to hilt, brass hand guard and pommel with scabbard release button, shagreen grips, in brass mounted leather scabbard.
This is a gorgeous example. Curious that it was stamped by the War Department. I wonder who used this?
Blackfoot Warrior with Sword, c.1887
This warrior is holding a British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword.
(Glenbow Museum Image No: NA-1906-4)