Category: victorian


Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword for an officer of the Honourable East India Company (HEIC), with presentation inscription.

Description: Presentation sword with the original scabbard etched on the blade.Lieut. Capel Fothergill Adey. “This sword presented to him at the public examination on the (…) by the Honorable Court of Directors of the East India Company as a mark of the court’s approbation of his general good conduct while at the Company’s Military Seminary.Maker: E & W Bond, 45 Cornhill, London.

Source for the presentation address: Google Books


Superb silver-gilt presentation sword and other items relating to the early history of the H.E.I.C.’s Steam Navy and, more specifically, the celebrated paddle sloop Hugh Lindsay, and her master Commander John Henry Wilson

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British Police Cutlass, 19th Century

With curved fullered blade, fish skin grip and brass hilt, brass mounted leather scabbard, length of blade 60 cm, overall length in scabbard 77.5 cm.

British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword

Having a shagreen and copper wire grip, steeped and ball end pommel, brass half basket Gothic style hilt with Royal Cipher, decorative backstrap, forward facing quillon, fullered single edged blade with double edged tip, etched design with royal cipher, ricasso having star of David to one side and the other having makers ’ E. Thurkle Maker Soho London ’ along with the steel scabbard with hanging loops. Measures; 102 cm.

Scots Guards Sergeant’s Sword, c.1850

Having a ray skin and wire bound grip, brass hilt with lion head pommel, shaped knuckle guard with Scots Guards emblem, Scottish thistle shell guard, forward facing quillon, single edged fullered blade with stamped ricasso ’ Hawkes & Co London Manufacturers To The Queen ’, leather scabbard with brass furniture and hanger rings. Measures: 97 cm overall.

British Pattern 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword

With double-edged fullered blade etched with scrolling foliage and trophies on a frosted panel at the forte, iron hilt comprising basket-guard of rounded bars carrying an alternating arrangement of rectangular and square panels pierced with heart-shaped apertures and enriched with linear ornament and fluting, scrolling quillon, fluted pommel, wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, with its doeskin liner and silk tassel, in its iron-mounted leather scabbard
82.2 cm; 32 3/8 in blade


British Highland Officer’s Cross-Hilted Broadsword of the Royal Scots

82.5 cm blade by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London numbered 26995 for 1885, etched with thistles, crowned VR cypher, regimental title and scrolls, regulation steel crosshilt with wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its leather covered steel scabbard, two suspension rings.


A Gordon Highlander in the Afghan War

by William Skeoch Cumming
Date painted: 1881
Oil on canvas, 28 x 19 cm
Collection: The Gordon Highlanders Museum

You know he had to do it to em.


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’.


An 1892 Pattern Household Cavalry Trooper’s Sword

87.5 cm blade stamped with various ordnance marks at the forte, regulation plated steel hilt pierced with scrolls and a crown over HC, wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its steel scabbard, tow fixed and one loose suspension ring, complete with buff leather hilt liner and sword know of leather strap and acorn.