Category: victorian

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Infanta Maria José of Portugal Duchess in Bavaria.

Kaiserin Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria by Ludwig Angerer in 1863

The Guards Crimean War Memorial

A history of then Guards Brigade Crimean War Memorial in Waterloo Place in London.

Victorians referred to it as a “hideous granite pile” and “a standing lie” hoping that the fallen of the Crimea might be honoured with a memorial more “creditable to the arts of the country.” Why was this memorial so disliked? What does the memorial leave out of the history of the fallen of the Crimean War? 

British Army Victorian Royal Engineers Officers’ Swords

Looking at the famous 1857 pattern Royal Engineers officer’s sword and what came before it, with original antique examples. Considering the sword design and origins and also the motivation for changing sword pattern in 1857, with Matt Easton of Easton Antique Arms and Schola Gladiatoria.


A Extremely Rare Band Sword of the 2nd Lifeguards

83cm slightly curved blade double edged towards the point etched with scrolls and VR cypher, silvered brass hilt, the crossguard decorated with scrolls and a flaming grenade on the ecusson, lion’s head pommel with loose ring for knot, carved ivory grip (chipped), in its steel scabbard, two suspension rings.


A similar sword with wire bound fish skin grip, is in the National Army Museum and illustrated in Robson, ‘Swords of the British Army’ revised edition, p.255, and it is stated ‘so far, other examples have not been encountered’.



Bandsman’s Sword

  • Dated: late 19th – early 20th century
  • Culture: British

Source & Copyright: Royal Armouries

From left to right; Pattern 1856 Mark I Drummer’s Sword, Pattern 1856 Mark One Bugler’s Sword, Pattern 1895 Mark II Drummer’s Sword. Brass hilted examples were for drummers and bandsmen of the infantry of the line and dismounted corps, and those with iron hilts were for buglers and rifle regiments.

The Mk I Lee Metford: The Bayonet Exercise c 1898

Here, we examine the Bayonet Exercise as practiced in the late 1890s.

Blade Comparison – British 1845 vs 1892 Patterns

This is a comparison of the British 1845 and 1892 pattern blades for infantry officers – both Gothic-hilted, both 82 cm blades, both 13 cm PoB and both nearly identical in weight.

The brass coloured 1845 field officer’s sword is mid-victorian while the later steel coloured 1892 pattern sword was sold in 1938 to an officer serving in India.

I like both designs but I’d personally go with the 1845 blade every time. 

British Cavalry Swords: The 1853 And 1864 Patterns In Context

The British 1864 pattern cavalry sword replaced the 1853 pattern… Or did it? In this video I examine the mystery of where all the 1864 patterns have gone and whether the 1864 pattern really replaced the 1853 pattern in general use.