Category: victorian

victoriansword: An unusual presentation swor…

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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 Highland Field Officer’s Sword, Late 1…

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword, Late 19th Century

A fantastic robust-bladed example of a Highland field officer’s sword, by Mole of Birmingham. Highland officers of Major and higher rank were permitted to wear these special Scinde Cavalry scroll hilts on their broadsword blades, but being that this was a pattern only for Field Rank officers of Highland regiments, these swords do not come around often. Additionally, this is a Victorian example (most surviving ones are George V) and given the straight fully-chequered 1895 pattern backstrap, must date to 1895-1901.

British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s S…

British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword

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…

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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: British Pattern 1864 Cavalry T…

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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.

Royal Navy 1827 Pattern Officer’s Swor…

Royal Navy 1827 Pattern Officer’s Sword

victoriansword: British Pattern 1827 Rifle Of…

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British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer’s Sword, c.1870

Hunting & Bowie Knives from British Indi…

Hunting & Bowie Knives from British India – A Discovery!