It is possible that the blade began life as a cavalry sword (hence the early 19th century date of manufacture) and was later cut down and re-hilted for police use. There were tens of thousands of light cavalry swords made during the Napoleonic period, and a number of them were cut down and reused for other weapons such as naval and police cutlasses.
Indian Cavalry Trooper’s Sword in the Style of a British Pattern 1853 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword
Probably for a sowar of one of the Indian cavalry regiments of the Bombay, Bengal, or Madras Army, and made in Sialkot when it was still a part of India (now Pakistan).
A.A. GHOLAM JEELAN, SIALKOT,A PAKISTANI CAVALRY TROOPER’S SWORD, circa 1860 and strongly based on the British 1853 Pattern, with curved 30 1/2in. blade blind-fullered for two thirds of its length, the forte signed ‘A.A. GHOLAM JEELAN, SIALKOT’, iron three-bar hilt with small fixed inner guard, leather grip-piece with broad impressed chequering and secured by five large rivets and flat riveted pommel-cap, together with its embossed leather scabbard with leather covered reinforcing bands near throat and sheet iron drag covering fully one third of the scabbard
A rare Hong Kong Police (mounted police) cavalry sword, dating to the late-19th century. I have never seen one of these before and they must be rare survivors outside Hong Kong. As can be seen from the photo below, from around 1885, the Hong Kong Police had a mounted contingent which was armed and equipped like a cavalry troop. The sword itself is in nice condition, with the original field service scabbard. The blade is bright and is marked to the outfitter Parker, Field & Son, who supplied the military and police. The blade is unsharpened and is solid in the hilt. It is evident that the hilt was originally nickel plated and patches of this remain. The shagreen and wire grip is in nice condition.
Essentially a British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword , but for the police.
Royal Engineers Officer’s Blue Cloth Helmet c. 1878-1901
And a named carrying tin, a good quality example the blue cloth skull complete with all gilt metal fittings, the very fine frontal plate of Royal Arms pattern with two scrolls ‘Ubique’ and ‘Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducunt’, red moroccan sweatband with attached silk lining, the helmet supplied by ‘H.Andrews, Dean Street, Soho Square, London’, the plate is not original to the helmet, the chin chain and side ornaments are of 1869 shako pattern, the frontal peak brass trim with slight rippling, together with a named carrying tin ‘Captn. B.F.Caws, R.E.S.’.
Victorian Police cutlass, 24 ins slightly curved clipped single edged fullered blade with unusual WD and broad arrow stamp to hilt, brass hand guard and pommel with scabbard release button, shagreen grips, in brass mounted leather scabbard.
This is a gorgeous example. Curious that it was stamped by the War Department. I wonder who used this?
17th North Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps Officer’s Green Cloth Helmet. c.1880-1908
A rare and good quality example, the skull complete with all bronzed fittings, the frontal plate being an eight pointed star overlaid with a Guelphic crown over a plain plinth and laurel sprays and enclosing a Bath style star the centre inscribed ‘North Middlesex’ and a strung bugle horn, buff leather sweatband with attached silk lining retailed by ‘Firmin & Sons, London’.