Category: sword

Gold and jewel decorated kris, Bali Indonesia,…

Gold and jewel decorated kris, Bali Indonesia, late 19th century.

from The Asian Museum of Art

British Pattern 1912 Cavalry Officer’s Sword …

British Pattern 1912 Cavalry Officer’s Sword

A good example of the 1912 pattern cavalry officer’s sword, by Wilkinson and dating to WW1. This example also features the hexagonal ‘best quality’ proof slug, meaning that extra attention was paid to the manufacture, including extra detailing to the blade etching. The sword is service sharpened, but unfortunately there is no name recorded in the Wilkinson records against this sword’s blade number. Overall the sword is in good condition, with most of the etching still clear and a bright blade. The whole construction is still rock solid. There is some speckling to the nickel plating of the guard, but generally it is very good for the age and could be polished. The shagreen and silver grip wire is in good condition.

British Pattern 1845/54 Infantry Officer’s Swo…


British Pattern 1845/54 Infantry Officer’s Sword with Indo-Persian (?) Blade

British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword …

British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword for an Officer of the 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers, c.1837-45

victoriansword: Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui (M…


Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui (Major Kemp) with his wife (probably his third wife, Te Mata Kaihoe)

Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui NZC (died 15 April 1898) was a Māori military commander and noted ally of the government forces during the New Zealand Wars. First known as Te Rangihiwinui, he was later known as Te Keepa, Meiha Keepa, Major Keepa or Major Kemp.

Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui is holding a Pattern 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword. This was a Sword of Honour given to him by Queen Victoria.

victoriansword: Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry O…


Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword carried by Colonel (later General Sir) Edward Hodge, 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards.

Made by Thomas Osborn, Birmingham.

Edward Cooper Hodge (1810-1894) was first commissioned in the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards in 1826. He probably acquired this sword when the 4th Dragoon Guards introduced a regimental variant of the Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Sword with a pronounced and lengthened pommel.

As with the Light Cavalry Sword, the Heavy Cavalry type initially had a pipe-back blade which only began to be replaced by the stronger Wilkinson flat-back type in the late 1840s. The new pommel was similar to that of an existing sword of the 2nd Life Guards and seems to have been influenced by French styles.

Hodge commanded the 4th Dragoon Guards throughout the Crimean War (1854-1856) and led it in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaklava. He also commanded the Heavy Brigade itself briefly in 1855 and 1856.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1988-02-12-1


National Army Museum, London


National Army Museum, Study collection

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Sabre Fencing in Waite’s Treatise and …

Sabre Fencing in Waite’s Treatise and Body Mechanics

A variety of 19th century British police hange…


A variety of 19th century British police hangers / cutlasses

victoriansword: British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cav…


British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword for an Officer of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards

90 cm blade by Hawkes & Co, London, Manufacturers to the Queen, etched with foliate scrolls, crowned VR cypher, Irish harp, regimental badge and motto, battle honours to Sevastopol and owner’s intitials J.F.H., regulation steel scroll hilt, wire bound fish skin grip, in its steel scabbard with two suspension rings.

The sword of John Fisken Halket.

Lieutenant 20/10/1865.

Captain 17/05/1871.

victoriansword: Experimental Cavalry Sword, M…


Experimental Cavalry Sword, Modeled on the Pattern 1899 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword

This is an early attempt to improve upon the Pattern 1899. It retains the 1899 blade but the hilt modifications have slightly improved the overall balance. It has a new type of hilt, with a thicker, flanged guard and a slightly cocked, flattened grip with a small thumb depression for thrusting.

Modelled on that of the 1899 Pattern sword, having a sheet steel bowl guard, the portion closest to the blade having a flanged rim (unlike the 1899 pattern which has a plain rim to the guard). Grip of wood, cut with a coarse diamond shaped chequering and heavily lacquered or varnished which shows shrinkage and flaking on close examination. On the back face of the grip, close to the hilt, a small portion is removed to form a slight depression as a thumb rest. A narrow steel/iron ferrule is fitted at the end closest to the blade. Pommel of steel/iron, of heavy, bulbous form and having a long projecting beak which follows the curvature of the guard where it joins the pommel. The outside face of the pommel is cut with diamond shaped chequering. A slot for a sword knot is cut through the narrow portion of the guard and the elongated beak of the pommel. Single edged blade, spear pointed and slightly curved and having a wide fuller each side. The cutting edge side of the blade, close to the guard, steps outwards to form a shoulder on which the guard is seated. It appears to be the 1899 Pattern blade, and is actually dated as such on the back edge close to the hilt. It also carries the date of 1901 in abbreviated form. 

Scabbard is of the same general form that appeared with the 1882 Pattern sword and subsequent variants in so far it is of sheet steel folded and brazed together at the front edge, and is fitted with two fixed suspension rings on front and back edges just below the mouth. The mouthpiece itself is a separate item, fitting over the scabbard body and secured by two screws through the edges. The mouth itself is markedly flared. The mouthpiece is dated 1894 and has markings indicating a Royal Artillery association. A heavy protective shoe is also fitted.