Category: victorian

The Mk I Martini Henry: The 2018 Riflechair …

The Mk I Martini Henry: The 2018 Riflechair Cabin Fever Challenge

victoriansword: British Pattern 1845 Infantry …


British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword and an Indian Axe, 19th Century

The first with 81.5 cm blade etched with scrolls, regimental badge of the 1st Madras (European) Regiment, (late 102nd Royal Madras Fusiliers/1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers) and battle honours to Ava, regulation brass gothic hilt, ribbed wood grip [missing shagreen and wire wrap], the second with large head engraved with foliage and standing figures in brass, 13 cm spike, 86 cm overall.

British Antique Swords – 1895 Pattern Backst…

British Antique Swords – 1895 Pattern Backstrap

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British Pattern 1821 Royal Artillery Officer’s Sword for an officer of the Honourable Artillery Company

This is a very good British Honourable Artillery Company Officers Sword circa 1850.The HAC were the oldest regiment in the British Army,being given its charter of incorporation in 1537 by Henry VIII. In the 17th century some of its members emigrated to America,and formed the Honourable Artillery Company of Boston and Massachusetts which I believe still flourishes today.Despite its name the HAC has always been a mixture of Artillery and Infantry,and gave sterling service in the South African War of 1902-1903.In 1908 the HAC became part of the Territorial Army,and saw much service during WW1,and WW2 The blade is 35 in length,single edged,and single fullered,and was made by R Garden of Picadilly,London. It is heavily etched with panels of foliage,an intertwined HAC,and the coat of arms of the Buchan – Hepburn family of Scotland.This is almost certainly the sword of Sir Thomas Buchan-Hepburn Bart, who was married in 1835,and his only son John George Hepburn was shot dead in a mine riot in Mexico in 1883 before aceeding to the title.The Buchan-Hepburn Family were originally the old Earls of Buchan,and Sir Thomas was the 18th direct descendent of Robert the Bruce.These are the only details I have of the family,and leave it to the purchaser to do more research on this intriguing sword. Three bar steel hilt,with a diced leather grip,bound with brass and silver wire binding.In its original steel scabbard with two suspension rings.In excellent overall condition.

victoriansword: “Eastward Ho” (1857) and “Home…


“Eastward Ho” (1857) and “Home Again”


by Henry O’Neil

Two examples of the powerful artwork on display at Tate Britain’s Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past.

Lee Metford MkI*: Britain’s First Repe…

Lee Metford MkI*: Britain’s First Repeating Rifle (Almost)

The first repeating rifle adopted by the British military was the Lee-Metford MkI, or as it was later redesigned, the Magazine Rifle MkI. This design combined the cock on closing action and detachable box magazine of James Paris Lee with the rounded-land Metford rifling pattern. Formally adopted in 1888, about 350,000 Lee-Metford rifles would be produced in total, among the LSA, BSA, Sparbrook, and Enfield factories.

It would not be long until the design began to be modified, however. The Lee-Metford we have here today was made in 1891 as a MkI pattern, but updated to the MkI* variant in 1892. This modification involved removing the manual safety, changing from Lewis pattern sights to traditional barleycorns, and modifying the upper hand guard for easier removal. Other changes would follow, with the MkII pattern adopted in 1893 with a 10-round magazine, Enfield pattern rifling adopted in 1895, and ultimately charger loading adopted in 1907.

Despite the fairly large number of Lee Metford rifles made, they are very scarce to find in original condition like this one. Typically the British military would update any older pattern rifle to meet new specifications, or convert them in to rimfire training rifles if such a conversion was not possible. Few left the military in the early configurations.

British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s S…

British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword

By Johnstone, the 87.5 cm slightly curved polished blade etched with a crown, ‘VR’ cypher, ‘Scots Greys’, regimental badge, and foliate decoration, marked at the ricasso ‘B. Johnstone / & Co. / Sackville St. / London / & Dawson St. / Dublin’, the back edge unmarked and unnumbered, the steel bowl hilt with pierced decoration and with a fish-skin grip, in a steel scabbard, overall 105.5 cm long.

British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s S…

British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword and Gurkha Kukri

A MID 19th CENTURY CAVALRY SWORD having etched slightly curved blade, three bar guard and bound leather grip, the 89 cms blade marked to the top ‘F W Hayward, 1856’ in a black painted two ring metal scabbard, 106 cms long overall sheathed along with a kukri knife set in leather scabbard.

Stout Private: “Yes, sir. After we was disembo…

Militia Officer: “Ah, this is Smithers! Why, you’re getting very fat, Smithers. Let’s see—this is your fifth training, isn’t it?”

Stout Private: “Yes, sir. After we was disembodied, sir, the Adj’tant he took an’ reintestined me, sir!!!”

(Note.—Militiamen, after serving four trainings, can be “Re-attested” for another five years.)

victoriansword: British Infantry Officers’ Swo…


British Infantry Officers’ Swords

From left to right: Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer’s Sword, Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword (with VR cypher), Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword (with ERVII cypher).

Two British Steel-hilted Infantry Swords; one late Victorian, the other Edward VII, and another similar 1827 pattern sword of the British rifle Regiment with pierced hilt, all approximately 38 ins (97 cms) overall in length.