Category: victorian

Britishmuzzleloaders in South Africa: PART T…

Britishmuzzleloaders in South Africa: PART TWO

In this video, we explore some of the details of the Organization, Formations and Manoeuvre and Tactics used by the Army in the 1870s.  This is in order to lend greater clarity to follow on discussions regarding the battles that will be featured.

British Cutlass or Lead Cutter, Mid-19th Centu…

British Cutlass or Lead Cutter, Mid-19th Century

An unidentified British naval cutlass, or perhaps a lead cutter. This sword has only one marking, a stamp on the ricasso which looks like a number 3. So technically it could be any nationality – however the form of the grip strongly suggests that it is British. The guard is narrower than most later Victorian cutlasses and coupled with the grip style this could indicate a pre-1845 experimental cutlass. However, the blade is unusually long for a cutlass at 31 inches. This may indicate it is a sword for Lead Cutting or other similar sword feats and indeed it has been edged and retains a fine edge, of not being exactly sharp anymore. However, the cutlass is not heavy like a typical Lead Cutter and is relatively light for the size. This is a pleasing sword in the hand and everything is solid. 

British Pattern 1846 Naval Officer’s Sword Wi…

British Pattern 1846 Naval Officer’s Sword

With etched fullered blade bearing proof mark and signed Wilkinson, London. Having brass hilt with lion mask pommel, fouled anchor and folding guard and with shagreen grip, blade length 74.5 cm.

Moving Victorian homes in San Francisco, photo…

Moving Victorian homes in San Francisco, photographed by Dave Glass, 1976-1977.

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword…

British Highland Field Officer’s Sword

The Tomb of Sir Richard Burton

The Tomb of Sir Richard Burton: undefined

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British Pattern 1885 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword

An 1885 Pattern Cavalry Trooper’s Sword
Late 19th CenturyWith bright slightly curved fullered blade stamped with various ordnance marks on both sides at the forte, one side with bladesmith’s details ‘Weyersburg, Kirschbaum & Co., Solingen’, regulation steel hilt with Maltese cross piercing, and chequered leather grips secured by rivets, in its steel scabbard with fixed suspension rings, the locket stamped with markings for the Lothians and Border Yeomanry (some pitting)
86.5 cm. blade

British Pattern 1827/1846 Naval Officer’s Swor…

British Pattern 1827/1846 Naval Officer’s Sword with Patent Solid Hilt and Broadsword Blade

A scarce and interesting variant of a British 1827P Naval Officers sword, of heavy and large construction with a broadsword blade. A very interesting early patent example of this type of sword, with two piece grip with iron seam and iron disc infront of washer. The blade is etched around the proof mark with a starburst and the word ‘Patent’. The proof disc has been removed, but we feel it is possibly a Wilkinson made sword. The large broadsword blade has been finley etched, with retailers details, foliage, fouled anchor. The sword has a folding guard, acting as a locking catch. Top mount displays the large badge of retailer ‘GALT. GRIEVES & CO, PORTSEA’. An interesting variation of sword, c.1859-1881. Overall length approx. 96cm. Blade length 78cm. Blade width approx. 3.1cm.

British Transitional Revolving Pistol, c. 18…

British Transitional Revolving Pistol, c. 1845

A British transitional revolver, of around 1845. Wedge open-frame construction in approximately 54 bore.

British Cutlass with Pattern 1845 Style Hilt …

British Cutlass with Pattern 1845 Style Hilt

A mid-Victorian naval cutlass with less common straight double-edged blade. There is a visible proof/approval stamp on the ricasso, but the precise date and model of this type of cutlass is unclear. The hilt is the 1845 pattern, but that pattern usually has a 29 inch single-edged and slightly curved blade. This 29 inch blade is straight and double-edged.