Category: swords

Gold and jewel decorated kris, Indonesia, 19th…

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

from The Asian Art Museum

Sabre Fencing in Waite’s Treatise and …

Sabre Fencing in Waite’s Treatise and Body Mechanics

Celtic silver mounted lapis lazuli studded bro…

Celtic silver mounted lapis lazuli studded bronze sword, Iberian (Spain) Celts, 6th century BC

from Phoenix Ancient Art

A variety of 19th century British police hange…

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A variety of 19th century British police hangers / cutlasses

victoriansword: British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cav…

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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.

Russian civil servant’s smallsword, 19th centu…

Russian civil servant’s smallsword, 19th century.

from Czerny’s International Auction House

Ornate kandshar, Indo-Persia, late 19th centur…

Ornate kandshar, Indo-Persia, late 19th century,

from Czerny’s International Auction House

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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.

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Wisconsin Veterans Museum Part Four: World War Two

Visitors to Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, would do well to visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. It is a small, but extremely well designed museum, and admission is free. Today I am sharing a few swords and other items from their exhibit on the World War Two. 

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Sword and Bayonet Testing

“The British Bayonet Scare, and Sword and Bayonet Testing” by the editor of The Illustrated Naval & Military Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 20, February 1st, 1886. The weighted device used for testing the rigidity of swords is called an eprouvette.