Category: sabre

victoriansword: An unusual presentation swor…


An unusual presentation sword for Cornet J. H. Whiteway of the First Devon Light Horse Volunteers

The deeply curved 90 cm blade by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London, No. 10222 (for 1860) having double fullers, one extending to within 10 cm of the point, the other to within 3 cm, from which point the blade becomes back-edged, the blade is undecorated but for the maker’s details and the presentation inscription which fills an ornate central panel ‘This sword was presented to Cornet J.H. Whiteway of the First Devon Light Horse Volunteers in 1864 by his brother officers in token of their regard for his disinterested and generous assistance in raising and supporting their Corps’, the unusual hilt in the form of a flat brass stirrup guard deeply engraved with scrolls and strap-work, flat oval pommel with a similar decoration, grip of partly chequered polished hardwood shaped to fit the hand, complete with its wood scabbard covered in black leather with integral frog-stop, brass locket and massive brass chape both engraved en-suite with the hilt mounts, the engraved panels to the hilt and scabbard mounts silver-plated, blade retaining its original finish and the sword in good condition overall.

It is interesting that this sword was made in 1860, but the presentation dates to 1864. The sword is of a type used by British officers serving in Indian regiments. I believe that this sword was probably sold to an officer with some connection to India and that the sword was later re-purposed as a presentation sword. A stunning piece!

British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s S…

British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword

Colonel Thomas Monstery, and the Training of J…

Colonel Thomas Monstery, and the Training of Jaguarina, America’s Champion Swordswoman:


British Pattern 1857 Engineers Officer’s Sword…

British Pattern 1857 Engineers Officer’s Sword

An absolutely superb 1857 pattern Royal Engineers officer’s sword, made by top maker Pillin of London and carrying an extra-detailed etched blade containing the crest of the original officer (unidentified). This sword is unusually robust and is heavier than an average example of the pattern, having a thick brass guard and deep grip.

Antique Victorian Heavy Cavalry Officer Swor…

Antique Victorian Heavy Cavalry Officer Swords – 1821 & 1896 Patterns

There is no 1887 pattern!

victoriansword: British Pattern 1890 Cavalry T…


British Pattern 1890 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword for the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards (Canada)

This sabre was used by a trooper of the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, a regiment based in Ottawa and created in 1872. The regiment contributed volunteers to the Boer War and the First World War.

This sabre was made in 1898 by Mole. It appears to be marked to the 5th Dragoon Guards, a regiment created in 1903, which would indicate that the regiment did not adopt the 1899 sabre. It is in near pristine shape, with only a few discolourations and minimal wear to the leather grip. The sword knot, which rarely survives, is in great shape.

victoriansword: Afghan Pulwar, 19th Century …


Afghan Pulwar, 19th Century

Curved, single-and false-edged blade with central fuller and tang; iron hilt with long langets, decorated with raisers and fine piercing, typical cup-pommel; wooden, leather-covered scabbard (parts missing and repairs) with iron, engraved mounts, long, pierced chape.

victoriansword: British Pattern 1864 Cavalry T…


British Pattern 1864 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword

This is probably the rarest regulation pattern cavalry trooper’s sword that went into service in the British Army. The P1864 replaced the Pattern 1853 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword and was succeeded by the Pattern 1882 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword. The bowl guard with “Maltese Cross” cut-outs offered better protection that the three-bar guard of the P1853, but the blade was essentially the same as that of the P1853. The P1882 offered an improved bowl guard with rolled edges to add strength and to prevent the edge of the guard from damaging uniform on equipment.

Mole & sons birmingham 1864 british cavalry trooper’s sword offered for sale is a antique robert mole & sons birmingham 1864 british cavalry trooper’s sword. There is no scabbard for this piece. There is some surface rust mostly on the guard, while the blade has wear and a few nicks on the blade edge, but it is in good condition overall for the age and use.

The overall length is approximately 41 and the blade measures 35-½.

victoriansword: More on La Jaguarina from the…


More on La Jaguarina from the Martinez Academy of Arms Facebook page…

A Very Amusing Anecdote About Jaguarina

After the show at the Lyceum was over Monday night May Howard and La Jaguarina, were about the last to leave the theater, and as they went out they were followed by a young man. Now Rina, as the fencer is generally known by her friends, is a deceptive bundle of femininity. When she gets in her street clothes, with a natty cossack Jacket buttoned close under her chin, she does not look very different from any other neatly put-up woman that you might meet in a day’s shopping. But she has all the lightning quickness of her feline namesake, with a very fair portion of Sandow’s muscle. Still, the young fellow was not expected to know this.

The two women had gone a couple of blocks up the avenue toward their hotel when the attentions of the chappie became marked enough to warrant recognition. Then with merry malice he was led into an ambush. The two residents of stage-land had reached the corner of 13th street and cut across through the little reservation in front of the National Theater. They had no sooner gotten well into the shadows of the bushes than the fellow stepped up and touched the swordswoman on the arm. If he had laid violent hands on an electric eel he could not have been more astonished. It was just what his quarry had been waiting for, and in telegraph time she had him by the collar and was shaking him with all the enthusiasm of a terrier over a newly captured cat. His hat went one way and his cane went the other, and his teeth played a castanet obligato to the solo of good advice that was rapidly breathed into his vibrating ears.

First he whimpered, and then he howled for help, and finally wriggling out of his light spring overcoat he incontinently fled leaving the garment in the hands of the victors. “Did I keep the overcoat?” repeated Jaguarina, when the inquiry was made of her. “No, I did think of adding it to my collection of relics, you know, but the fact was it smelt of cigarettes and moth balls, so I hung it on the shrubbery to air and left it.

“Oh, no. I didn’t hit the little fellow. I was tempted for a minute to try a half hook on him. I know a little about boxing myself, but on second thoughts I didn’t want to be prosecuted for manslaughter, so I took it out in shaking him and then let him go. Even the sternest justice, you know, should be tempered with mercy.”

And she laughed.

Indian Tegha, Late 19th Century A massive Ind…

Indian Tegha, Late 19th Century

A massive Indian Hindu ‘execution’ sword tulwar. Late 19th century, blade 74 x 9 cm cut with 6 fullers and chiselled overall with gold damascened Hindu divinities, pairs of confronting makaras and with 2 elephants each with 5 trunks, iron hilt covered with gold damascened flowering foliage.