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  EA5115 - A 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre, no maker marked. This is slightly non-standard and may either be a private order for yeomanry, or perhaps an officer's weapon. The side-slot for the sword knot is not common. There is a little loss to the pommel-end of the wooden grip, but considering the age, the cord and leather covering to the wood is good. The blade has some very light pitting, but is in generally good condition, with the leather washer intact.

425 + P&P NEW
EA5111 - An Indian Army cavalry trooper's sabre, c. 1880-1918. This example has a very clean and good condition blade, with some very light pitting on one side. Solid in the hilt. Guard and backstrap with pitting and leather of the grip gone, leaving bare wood and grip wire in place. It comes with a native-made tulwar-style scabbard. Remains of the maker's name on the spine of the blade, perhaps Bourne.

265 -ON HOLD-
  EA5109 -  A Rifles officer's sword. Reasonable condition overall and everything solid. Blade and hilt with grey patina, etching to blade clear. Shagreen and grip wire good.

275 + P&P NEW

  EA5019 - A French infantry officer's sword M1882, from around WW1. Excellent condition blade and hilt, some corrosion to the plating of the scabbard. There is a little bit of movement in the hilt.

220 + P&P
EA5102 - An exceptional French nobleman's non-regulation 'fantaisie' cavalry sword, featuring the monogram of the aristocrat. These non-regulation swords became popular among well-heeled French officers in the 1880s and 1890s - article here. This sword has a formidable 37 inch blade which has been well service sharpened and handles wonderfully. The brass guard with its multiple branches is in good condition and the hilt is solid on the tang. The horn grip is in very good condition and only a few strands of the grip wire are missing. The maker PETITFILS is visible on the ricasso.

595 + P&P

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EA5094 - A late-Victorian Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) officer's sword by Edward Thurkle. Dating to around the 1880s, this is a sword to a highly sought-after regiment, though unfortunately not in great cosmetic condition. The sword is all solid and complete, though it has dark patina overall and some areas of light pitting to the steel. Despite this, most of the blade etching is visible and the edge has been service sharpened and shows signs of use and resharpening. It's likely therefore that this sword accompanied its officer on campaign in the 1880s or 1890s. A good bit of history, at a reasonable price in accordance with the condition.

EA5113 - A Wilkinson light cavalry officer's sword made in 1893 for  G E Mackay Esq of the Wiltshire Yeomanry (copy of Wilkinson record included). The 35 inch blade is in quite good condition, with some light pitting in places, but the etching clear and structurally sound, firm in the hilt. The guard and backstrap in reasonable condition, matching the blade. The grip has about 25% loss to the shagreen, but most of the silver grip wire is in place. Everything rock solid in the hilt, a good quality sword that feels great in the hand.

EA5106 - A mid-Victorian infantry officer's sword 1845 pattern, retailed by Gillott & Hasell, made by Thurkle (probably Benjamin). Overall in nice condition, with a bright blade and clear etching. The scabbard with light pitting and the thinner strands of the grip wire gone. Otherwise the grip is good, with fairly good shagreen. The guard has been bashed a bit in use and as a result there is a little movement in the assembly, though overall the hilt is secure.

EA5100 - Highly unusual French Napoleonic era infantry officer's broadsword. I cannot find a counterpart for this sword, but it is absolutely in the French style. There is always the possibility that it was made for an officer of a country with political and military ties to France, such as Spain or Poland. The guard and grip are basically similar to First Empire French infantry officer's sabres, while the 33 inch broadsword blade is incredibly unusual and distinct. It is in good overall condition, with even patina to all metal parts and minimal pitting to the steel blade. The hilt is firm on the hilt with just a tiny bit of movement. The chequered wood of the grip is a little worn, as you would expect of the age, but basically sound. A very rare sword.

EA5075 - An extremely unusual marriage between a French M1767 infantry hanger hilt and a non-European blade. The M1767 hilt is not commonly encountered and is a nice find by itself, but the real gem here is the blade, which features a maker's stamp and may possibly be wootz. I cannot easily place this blade at all - you find interupted fullers of this style on Indo-Persian blades sometimes,  but the overall shape of this blade is not particularly like Indo-Persian swords. Of course it is possible that it was made specifically to order for a European, but I feel that it must have been taken from a native sword, somewhere in the French Empire. Perhaps even South-East Asia, though it could equally be from North Africa. A real puzzle! The blade has light pitting and while the hilt is in nice condition generally, it is unfortunately quite loose on the hilt - I think this could be remedied if desired, by someone who knows how to tighten peened hilts.

EA5117 - An early 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sword, featuring the characteristic early features of the very extended pommel and widely curled rear quillon. The pipeback blade is devoid of any decoration, but has clearly had some kind of service life, being extremely well sharpened, probably repeatedly. The blade is in very nice condition and solid in the hilt. The leather washer is in place and the shagreen and grip wire is all very good. The scabbard and hilt have matching light surface rust, which should clean off well with a little careful effort. A very nice early example of the type which glides in the hand.

EA5116 - A 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre and scabbard, no maker marked. This is probably an officer's private purchase example, but could also be privately purchased for yeomanry. The scabbard and hilt have been painted black, I'm not sure whether this is period or later. The blade is very clean indeed, having been well protected in the scabbard. Everything is quite tight and the leather washer is still in place. Woodworm have attached the wooden and leather-bound grip at some point, but this appears solid and stable. The scabbard carried plenty of dents from hard use on horseback and on foot, especially having a lot of small dents to the front where the scabbard would bash against steps or curbs in wearing. A good honest example of the pattern that would benefit from further cleaning.

EA5114 - A 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre, by Woolley. A good example with a good blade. A little loss to the leather and some light pitting to the hilt, but overall a very nice example. Will benefit from further cleaning. Leather washer still present. There is a government inspector's stamp on the blade. No scabbard.

EA5112 - A mid-19th century version of the 1796 light cavalry sabre, made by Mole of Birmingham for Indian cavalry troopers. These are rather rare and often get wrongly described as Napeolonic versions of the 1796 sabre - in fact these are rarer and seem to have been made around the time of the Indian Mutiny and just after, for a relatively short period of time. Blade with patina and some light pitting, but in solid condition, with a service-sharpened edge that shows the signs of active service. Solid in the hilt. Hilt construction all solid, with some loss to the leather covering of the wooden grip. A rare piece, possible Mutiny association and lovely to wield.

EA5110 - A Scottish Rifles officer's sword, by Wilkinson, given by Major-General Ranken to his son Arthur William Ranken in 1878. A W Ranken achieved the rank of Major in the Scottish Rifles, having originally commissioned into the Cameronians, who were merged into the Scottish Rifles in 1881. Major-General Robert Ranken, of the 35th Madras Native Infantry, had a long Army career and served during the Indian Mutiny. Both father and son died in the 1890s and are buried together in Portsmouth.
This is a top quality Rifles sword by Wilkinson, as you would expect of a piece ordered by a General for his son. Its blade is 33 inches long by 1 inch wide - the Wilkinson proof book page, a copy of which is included in the sale, confirms all this and also shows that the blade was originally mounted with a brass infantry hilt, which was presumably updated to a Rifles hilt in 1881 when the Cameronians merged into the Scottish Rifles, under the Cardwell reforms. The blade is a little dull in finish, which could be improved with some cleaning/buffing. There are some small nicks to the edge. There is a tiny bit of movement in the wooden grip, but the shagreen and grip wire are good.


Major-General Robert Ranken:
EA5107 - An infantry or possibly Royal Army Medical Corps officer's sword. This sword is somewhat of an enigma, featuring a post-1892 Victorian blade marked to the West Yorkshire Regiment, with a George V (WW1) era hilt of the type that was only used at that date by the RAMC. It is my opinion that with these jigsaw pieces and some research, it should be possible to work out the officer or officers who owned this sword. Either someone who was in the West Yorkshire Regiment volunteers/militia and then moved into the RAMC, or possibly someone who had a son or other relitive go into the RAMC and gave them his sword to be re-hilted around WW1. The blade is bright and clean, if somewhat worn in regard to the etching. The hilt is in lovely condition, with bright gilt and dark shagreen. The sword blade was retailed by Greenwood and according to the proof slug was made by Edward Thurkle, a top maker. An attractive sword with fun research potential.

EA5105 - A nice Edward VII Rifles officer's sword and scabbard. In good condition, with even blue-grey patina to all the steel parts. The etching is somewhat faint, but everything is there and in good condition. The blade is firm in the hilt, the shagreen and grip wire are good. The blade is a bit broader than is normal for the 1892 type blade, giving the sword a nice robust look and feel. Made by Gaunt and Edward Thurkle's company after his death - a very good quality maker that rivalled Wilkinson and Pillin.

EA5118 - An 18th or 19th century Indian tulwar, with the running wolf stamp on both sides of the blade. The mark may either indicate British or German manufacture, or local manufacture immitating European blades. The blade is solid in the hilt, with light pitting and a bit of a bend to the blade.

EA5108 - A Rifles officer's sword. Plated blade with some lifting of the plating. Grip and hilt good. In need of some attention.

EA5104 - A George V infantry officer's sword and field service scabbard, by Wilkinson. This sword is unresearched and in overall good condition, but requiring a good clean. There are a couple of small areas of rust on the blade, very limited, which need cleaning, as well as the whole hilt being a bit grubby. It could be cleaned up to modern parade standard without much effort. The original sword knot is still wrapped in position. A top quality infantry officer's sword by the best maker, which puts the modern-made offerings into the shade.

EA5096 - A lovely example of a George IV infantry officer's sword (1822 pattern), with the officer's name and dedication etched on the blade. The dedication reads "G H Layard - The Gift of his UNCLE H L". This seems to be George Henry Layard of the 89th Regiment of Foot (1806-1848), who I believed was commissioned in 1825, which tallies with the date of the sword and makes it a nice early example of the pattern. It is very rare to get officers' identifying marks on pipe-backed swords of this period for some reason, so to have this one identified is lovely. A very nice example of the pattern, with 'Warranted' etched to the blade and the remnants of the maker's name, which unfortunately have been polished out. It is a top quality piece and everything remains tight and solid, with very good shagreen and grip wire.

EA5093 - A mid-Victorian 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, retailed by Hamburger. This sword has been extensively service-sharpened, with the whole edge bevel being reprofiled to provide a better cutting edge. This suggests an interesting campaign life, but sadly there is no way to match it to a specific officer. It could have been carried in any of the campaigns of the 1850s or 1860s. Sadly there are some cosmetic issues - the wood grip and shagreen have shrunk a little, probably from water damage in the past, resulting in a little movement between the hilt and tang. Despite this, the grip is in okay shape, with the grip wire in place and the leather washer remaining. The blade is mostly bright and with clear etching (where it has not been sharpened), though there are some patches of rust which require attention.

EA5101 - A nice example of the French 1882 pattern infantry officer's sword for a 'superior' officer, featuring the straight, double-fullered, double-edged blade. The 32 inch blade is very bright and in excellent condition, housed in its matching scabbard. The nickel guard and backstrap are in good order, and the horn grip has a pretty translucent quality. The grip wire is in place. There is a tiny bit of movement between hilt and tang. This sword probably dates to around 1900.

EA5103 - A rare non-regulation 'fantaisie' infantry officer's sword. These non-regulation swords became popular among well-heeled French officers in the 1880s and 1890s - article here. The complex blade-section of this sword is beautiful and I have never seen another like it. The 34 inch blade is bright and in great condition, being tight in the hilt. The bronze hilt is also in superb condition, with gorgeous patina which I would not polish. The horn grip and grip wire are also in good condition and this is a lovely piece, made by top French maker Coulaux & Cie of Klingenthal. A really unique piece from around 1890-1910.