Fine antique British infantry officer’s sword made circa 1825 and in quite good condition. It is a model 1822 sword with the hilt decorated with an embossed coat of arms, corresponding to the king George IV. This English king ruled the country from 1820 to 1830. The sword comes with its scabbard: it is in good condition though the brass tip is missing. The sword’s hilt is a gorgeous piece made of golden metal and with a fine wavy design with curved branches. One of the cross’s sides is foldable. The grip preserves the original leather covering and the twisted wire that holds it in its place. The steel blade is well preserved and boasts a fine patina created by the trace of time. The scabbard is made of black leather and has brass locker and central piece, both decorated with fine hand-engraved geometrical motifs. The central piece still preserves the ring designed to tie the sword’s leather strap.
Measurements: Total Length: 37.8 in / 96 cm. Blade Length: 31.8 in / 81 cm.
The beautiful blue and gilt Sabre of Sir Archibald Campbell, England, ca. 1731-1791, housed at the National Museum of Scotland.
There is a possibility they have this attributed to the wrong Sir Archibald Campbell. Sir Archibald Campbell (1731-1791) died 12 years before this became this pattern became the regulation sabre for flank, light infantry, and rifles officers (Pattern 1803 Infantry Officer’s Sword). Although the P1803 style hilt did exist before it was made regulation, I have never seen one dating to the early 1790s. It is possible that if this sword did belong to Sir Archibald Campbell (1731-91) that the blade was re-hilted and used by another member of his family.
If the museum’s attribution is indeed incorrect, then this may be the sword of Lt.-Gen. Sir Archibald Campbell (1769-1843), who served in the correct time frame for this to have been his sword.
Campbell entered the army aged 18, in 1787 as an ensign. The next year he and his regiment, the 77th Regiment of Foot, left for India, where he took part in the campaign against Tipu Sultan in 1790. In 1791 he was promoted to Lieutenant. He served in the Mysorecampaign and the first siege of Seringapatam.
Later in 1799 he purchased the rank of captain in the 67th but exchanged into the 88th so that he could continue with his foreign service. However, he was required by ill-health to return home in 1801. He was appointed major in the 6th battalion of reserve, stationed in Guernsey.
He moved in 1805 to the 1st battalion which was leaving for Portugal. He fought in the battles of Rolica, Vimeiro and Corunna. In 1809 he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and assisted General Beresford in organising the Portuguese army. In that capacity he was made full colonel and then brigadier. He was present through most of the fighting in the Peninsula.
In 1813 Campbell was appointed to the rank of major-general in the Portuguese army. In 1816 he was given command of the Lisbon division. He returned to the service of Britain in 1820, after a revolution in Portugal. Campbell was appointed colonel of the 38th Regiment of Foot (in which post he was succeeded by Field Marshal Sir John Forster FitzGerald, GCB) and went to India with it. For his Peninsula service, Campbell was awarded the Army Gold Cross with one clasp for the battles of Albuera, Vitoria, the Pyrenees, the Nivelle, and the Nive.
Geo IV 1822 Pattern British Infantry officers sword by Prosser, 32¼ ins slightly curved single edged blade with Geo IV etched decoration and signed PROSSER SWORD CUTLER TO THE KING LONDON, brass gilt hinged basket hilt, wired shagreen grips, stepped ovoid pommel, in brass mounted leather scabbard (ill-fitting) also signed PROSSER.
Replace that small sword with a rapier for maximum stabbing and replace that spadroon with an arming sword for max options
This was obviously just a bit of fun, but the thing to keep in mind is that these swords are period specific to the 18th Century to early 19th Century (Georgian period).
British Pattern 1889 Infantry Sergeant’s Sword
A very rare 1889 pattern Infantry (or Rifles) Sergeant’s sword with a steel hilt. The standard 1889 pattern is rare enough by itself, but that has a copper-alloy hilt. This example has a steel hilt, which may indicate attribution to a Rifles regiment, but it has the VR cypher rather than the Rifles strung horn. So the jury is out on who exactly these swords were made for. I have only seen one other example like this sold in the past. This one was made in April 1891 by Mole of Birmingham and has all the markings you’d expect, including the War Department arrow of acceptance. There is a regimental marking on the throat of the scabbard, but I cannot make it out due to pitting. The guard, backstrap and scabbard are lightly pitted all over, but the blade is very clean and bright, with clear etching and stamps. Everything is solid and tight. The shagreen is good and the grip wire intact. A rare piece, with the correct scabbard.
British Pattern 1905 Staff Sergeant’s Sword
Manufactured by Mole and is well marked and dated 11. Mounted with a slightly curved blade that measures 32 ½ inches in length which remains in near mint condition. The large steel cup hilt is nicely detailed with pierced working and lovely engraving. The wood strip hilt is fish skin covered and secured by two rivets through the tang. The large metal scabbard is also well Regimentally marked and remains in extremely nice condition with only one very small ding just next to the throat. Overall measuring 41 inches in length.
According to Brian Robson, Swords of the British Army; “A curious hybrid pattern was introduced in July 1905 for all dismounted corps except Highland. This consisted of a cut-down Cavalry Pattern 1899 blade mated with the Pattern 1897 hilt. It can only be assumed that this makeshift design was introduced in order to make up losses in the South African War. It is doubtful if many were made or issued and in 1912 both the 1898 and 1905 patterns were modified to substitute the cypher of George V for that of Edward VII.”
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Pattern 1822 Sergeant’s Sword wit brass hilt and grip.
Sergeant’s sword, Pattern 1822
Location :Leeds Study Collection
Object Number: IX.2184
Copyright Royal Armouries
British 3rd (Scots Fusiliers) Guards Sergeant’s Sword, c.1850
With single edged blade signed H HAWKES & Co, LONDON, Manufacturers To The Queen, brass guard with regimental badge let into the knucklebow, fish skin grip bound with brass wire and lion head pommel 94cm overall.
By Hamburger, Harwood & Co., 30 King St., Covent Garden, London, circa 1825. With bright slightly curved pipe-back blade double-edged at the spear point, the forte etched on each side with maker’s name and address, a crowned ‘GR IV’ cypher within a wreath of laurel above, regulation brass hilt with rear quillon, pierced knuckle-guard incorporating a roundel inscribed ‘The Welsh. Regiment.’ and centred on a pierced regimental badge, lion-head pommel, its mane extending down the back-piece, and original ribbed fishskin-covered grip (wire binding missing), in steel scabbard with two rings for suspension. 83 cm blade.