Category: sword

victoriansword: French “Pistolet d’arçon mo…


French “Pistolet d’arçon modèle 1822 T Bis”, Model 1854 Cuirassier Officer’s Sword, and a cuirassier’s breastplate, 19th Century.

victoriansword: British Pattern 1821 Light Cav…


British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword

A fine and interesting 1821 pattern solid-patent tang light cavalry officer’s presentation sword for an officer of the 49th. Regiment, the 87cm slightly curved blade of flat-solid section, back-edged, by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London, No. 5898 (for 1855) finely etched on one side with crowned VR cypher, and within a garter ‘49th. Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Regiment.’ a dragon and ‘China’ and within scrolling ribbons the battle honours for ‘Egmont-Op-Zee’, ‘Copenhagen’ and ‘Queenstown’ and within a panel near the ricasso ‘Sebastopol, Inkermann, 1854-1855, October 17th., October 26th., November 5th.’ the whole amid finely etched foliate scrolls and strap work, the reverse of the blade etched with a long presentation inscription contained within a central panel again flanked by foliate scrolls and strap work, ‘This sword was purchased by the tenants of Sir A. V. Corbet Bart. to present to his son Captain W. R. Corbet. H.M. 49th. Regt. on his promotion-Feb. 2nd. 1855. as a mark of their affection and esteem. but he never lived to receive it- dying of brain fever at Marseilles-March 19th. 1855’. Regulation steel three-bar guard, partly chequered back-strap and chequered pommel, solid patent-tang hilt with vulcanized grips bound with silver wire, complete with its steel scabbard with two hanging rings, blade retaining much of its original finish, hilt and scabbard lightly rust patinated overall.

Ethiopian Shotel and Gurade


Ethiopian Shotel and Gurade

Kaskara and Rhinoceros Hide Shield


Kaskara and Rhinoceros Hide Shield

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword …

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword and Various British Militaria

A pair of cavalry officer’s white leather gauntlets, a pair of gilt (worn) fused grenade pattern cloak fasteners. A GVR levee pattern 1897 pattern infantry officer’s sword, the 64cm bright blade with single fuller and etched both sides with scrolling foliage panels, plated hilt incorporating the GVR crowned cypher, wire bound fish skin hand grip, contained in its leather bound metal scabbard. The polished steel shoe and spear point head from a lance, a red/white lance pennon. A 19th century pewter half-pint tankard, a maroon coloured cloth fez (crushed), a modern glengarry with diced band. A blackened wood war club (66cm) to the finial, the hand grip bound in snakeskin(?).

victoriansword: British Light Infantry Officer…


British Light Infantry Officer’s Sword, c.1800-10

A Georgian Light Company Officer’s sword, 68.5 cm sharply curved blade frost etched with Royal Arms WARRANTED an angel a pineapple a figure of Britannia and a crowned GR cipher, regulation steel stirrup hilt, the pommel chiselled with a lion’s head, copper wire bound ivory grip, contained in its steel scabbard, complete with knot. One scabbard ring replaced.

This sword is insanely beautiful. I’m geeking out over this thing.

The Odyssey of the Sword of Rudolph Carl von S…

The Odyssey of the Sword of Rudolph Carl von Slatin

Reading ‘Fire and Sword in the Sudan’ I came across an interesting anecdote which shows the travels an individual sword could take in the late-19th century. The book is a first hand account by Austrian officer Rudolf Slatin, who under British service was made the governor of Darfur in the Sudan. During the Mahdist uprising he was taken prisoner, but managed to save his own life by pretending to serve the Mahdi. He lived as a captive for 12 years and eventually managed to gain his freedom and return to Britain.

–Matt Easton, Schola Gladiatoria

**Slatin Pasha’s sword would have been an Austrian M1861 Infantry Officer’s Sword.

victoriansword: British Mameluke Hilted Offi…


British Mameluke Hilted Officer’s Sabre

75 cm blade with clipped-back point etched, blued and gilt with cartouches containing various Egyptian deities interspersed with Egyptian motifes including a scarab, various stars, serpents, and other designs, and signed along the back edge in blue against a gilt ground ’S. Brunn, 56 Charing Cross’, the hilt with gilt crossguard engraved with leaves, the ecusson embossed with a flower head, one-piece ebony grip (cracked), in its leather scabbard with copper gilt mounts (rubbed) engraved with foliage, the chape engraved with a cartouche containing a seated lion beneath a palm tree, the locket signed ‘Saml Brunn, Sword Cutler to HRH The Prince Of Wales, 56 Charing Cross London’. (Scabbard leather worn).

victoriansword: Egyptian Cavalry Sword by Wilk…


Egyptian Cavalry Sword by Wilkinson Sword Co.

Sort of a British sword and sort of not! This is one of the rarest Wilkinson troopers’ swords you can find – made on contract for the Egyptian Army when it was under British control, some time at the end of the 19th century. Sword collectors will instantly recognise the shape as that of a French M1822 light cavalry sabre, which the Egyptians wanted for their cavalry – so Wilkinson made them. This is one of the only ways that you’ll get a French/US styled cavalry trooper’s sword made by Wilkinson and this example is in wonderful condition. The blade is perfect, like new. The maker’s mark is crisp. The hilt is rock solid and in equally great condition. The brass is aged, but perfect. The shark skin is 100% perfect. The grip wire is all there and tight.

‘Studying the Sword Exercise’, b…

‘Studying the Sword Exercise’, by D. Dighton, 1815. 

A typical caricature piece of the period, and a good reminder that no matter how much reading you do, you still got to get out and fence!

–Nick Thomas, Academy of Historical Fencing