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BRITISH SWORDS
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  An attractive and good quality Volunteer Artillery officer's sword by Pillin. The substantial blade is in very nice condition, with clear and detailed etching. Curiously for a Volunteer Artillery sword the blade has been service sharpened, which may indicate that the officer later served in the regular army. The blade is solid in the hilt. The guard, backstrap and scabbard all share the same nice dark patina without pitting, which makes me believe that they were deliberately oil-darkened from new. This was done on many swords (and firearms) to retard rust. The shagreen and grip wire is in generally good condition, except for the loss of the shagreen right at the foot of the grip, by the pommel. A very nicely proportioned sword that feels lovely in the hand and is a proper fighting weapon.

£365 + P&P
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  A good quality George V 1897 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Mole. This sword has one main cosmetic issue, which is the bubbling of the nickel plating on the guard, but otherwise is in very nice condition. The blade is bright, with crisp and clear etching. The hilt is solid on the tang. The shagreen and extra quality silver grip wire is in very nice condition. The backstrap and pommel are bright. Even the scabbard is in good condition and the original leather sword knot is still in place. The guard could be improved with polishing and this is a really nice example of a WW1 era infantry officer's sword, of very good quality.

£320 + P&P
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A very interesting late-Victorian infantry officer's sword. At first sight this seems like an 1895 pattern piquet weight sword, but it isn't. The blade is fully prooved and carries quality maker Thurkle's proof slug - therefore it is made for use. The blade is the earlier 1845 type, but narrower than standard, and the officer obviously valued the blade enough to have it re-hilted in 1895 when the new regulations came in, but elected not to convert to the new 1892 pattern thrusting blade. The blade therefore dates to before 1892 and was re-hilted in 1895 or 1896, so whoever owned this sword served for at least a few years in the British Army. The hilt is full size and good quality. The steel scabbard is obviously made especially for this blade. The blade is bright, but the etching is quite faded - you can still see Victoria's cypher and other markings though. The hilt is in good condition, with a nice patina to the guard and backstrap, and the shagreen and wire of the grip is in very good condition. A lovely light sword from the end of the Victorian era and rather unusual.

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An 1853 pattern cavalry trooper's sword, made by Bleckman of Solingen, with War Department and India acceptance stamps. This was clearly made on contract in Solingen and supplied to an Indian cavalry regiment, probably in the 1860-1880 period. The sword is in nice overall condition, with a bright blade, some localised pitting, all solid in the hilt. The guard has some pitting, but is solid. The leather grips are in very good condition for the age, showing the original chequering, secure on the tang rivets. No scabbard, but a good example of the pattern. An impressive big sword in the hand, with a 35 inch blade.

£320 + P&P
A lovely mid-Victorian light cavalry officer's sword by Manton. Manton were a top quality outfitter who specialised in fitting out East India Company/Indian Army officers. They seem to have sourced their swords from various good quality makers and this could be from Charles Reeves or another good Birmingham maker. The large 35 inch blade is service sharpened and in great condition, with deep crisp etching. The hilt is in overall good condition, with a tiny bit of loss to the shagreen and some lifting at the pommel end, which should be secured with glue to prevent it worsening. The hilt is solid on the tang and this is a fantastic big cavalry sword in the hand, made for fighting. In its well-fitting scabbard.

£425 + P&P
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A late-Victorian light cavalry officer's sword, dated to 1889 and unresearched. A top quality sword, but not in great condition. The blade and guard have some pitting, as well as a dark overall patina. There is loss to both the shagreen and wire of the grip. However the sword is structurally sound and everything is solid, plus of course it is a Wilkinson. No scabbard and priced according to condition, but this could be cleaned up somewhat and is a top quality sword.

£295 + P&P
Very rare Army Hospital Corps private's sword - called the "rarest of all regulation patterns" by Robson in Swords of the British Army. In fact I think Robson was over-egging the rarity, or maybe just hadn't seen many himself, but I have seen a few of these. Nevertheless, they are very rare. This example is not in perfect condition at all - it has a slightly bent outer guard, which has a small (stable) crack in it, the blade has been used either for sword drill or actual fighting, and so has a few small notches (see photos) and there is no scabbard. Despite this, the hilt is solid on the tang and otherwise it is in fairly good shape. The cast iron grip is solid and tight and the leather washer is even intact. A scarce opportunity to grab one of these pretty rare swords.

£250 + P&P
An 1853 pattern cavalry trooper's sword by Mole of Birmingham. This example has a beefier guard than some and it is all solid and complete, except for missing the scabbard. The blade is in sound condition with a bit of light pitting here and there, but the MOLE stamp on the spine is visible. The leather grips are a little skrunk and eroded, but quite secure on the rivets. This pattern of sword was introduced just in time for the Charge of the Light Brigade and served throughout various campaigns of the 1850s and through to the 1870s. It was the first model to feature Charles Reeves' patent solid hilt, which you can read more about on the Research page linked above.

£275 + P&P
A rare Wilkinson patent solid hilt Royal Artillery officer's sword and scabbard, numbered 36984 and made for Lionel Leonard Hoare. The sword was sold to Hoare (later Lieutenant-Colonel) in October 1899 (a copy of the Wilkinson ledger is included in the sale). Apart from some very minimal patina in the middle of the blade (pictured), the sword is in almost perfect condition with crisp clear etching. The hilt is in good condition, of course solid on the full width tang, with some sign of previous rust patina. The patent grips are finely chequered and in good condition, all the silver grip wire still being present. The steal scabbard is intact with some aging. A truly wonderful sword of top quality. These do not come up for sale often now and are getting harder to find.

£850 + P&P


 

OTHER SWORDS AND WEAPONS
An Austrian Model 1904 cavalry trooper's sabre. This example lacks a scabbard and the light 29 inch blade has been extensively service sharpened, presumably for WW1. The blade is nickel plated and bears the maker's mark of Weyersberg of Solingen. It has the characteristic fuller on one side and flat surface on the other side. This is a very light and lively blade.The hilt is all solid and secure, the guard and backstrap are nickel plated and in good condition and the shagreen grip and grip wire are in an equally good state.

£240 + P&P NEW
A Prussian Model 1852 cavalry trooper's sabre. This example bears no visible maker's mark, but is clearly the Prussian pattern. The large blade is bright and in good condition. It is solid in the hilt and the entire sword is very imposing and robust. The hilt and scabbard have matching levels of surface rust which has resulted in light pitting - both would clean up, but I have left them alone more or less. The guard is strangely painted - as I have no idea if this has some special significance and it seems to have been done in period, I have left the paint there. It could however be removed and the guard polished. The leather grip covering is intact, though the finger-loop has rotted away. This is an impressive sword in functionally sound condition, in need of some restoration work to bring it up to display standard.

£295 + P&P NEW
A Chinese dao, probably dating to the Boxer Rebellion. This is a large and heavy piece, with a very chunky single-edged blade. There is a pleasing patina to the blade and the grip and pommel are solid on the tang. The guard does move around on the tang a bit, though the rest of the hilt is tight, so this is more or less cosmetic. There is some original braid remaining to the grip - most examples of these types of swords lack any grip covering now. The guard and pommel are rough-forged - it looks like pitting, but I believe that they were just roughly made like that, as these were mass-produced weapons for common soldiers. An imposing piece of Chinese and colonial history.

£295 + P&P NEW
A knife from Bhutan or Tibet, 19th or early-20th century. This lovely knife is obviously fairly high status given the amount of metal and decoration. The entire scabbard and most of the hilt are covered in some sort of alloy which has ben decorated all over with reflief work. The blade is nice quality, in good condition and solid in the hilt. The wooden liner of the scabbard is all present and shows notable age. A very nice solid piece of good size.

£175 + P&P
 

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A lovely Wilkinson 1821 pattern heavy cavalry officer's sword, recorded to a named officer. The officer in question was Vincent Thomas Eyre. He was born in 1843 at Italy, the son of Vincent Anthony Eyre and Jane Huddleston. He married Barbara Agnes Caroline Giffard in 1873 at London, England. He died on 26 September 1893. He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons. He lived at Lindley Hall, Leicestershire, England. Commissioned in May 1863 into the 67th South Hampshire Reg of Foot, made Lieut in Oct 1867, then transferred in 1868 as a Captain into the 6th Dragoons (when this sword must have been purchased). In April 1877 he joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry. The sword itself is in good condition generally, but would benefit from some light restoration/cleaning. The blade is nice, having been protected in the scabbard and retains deep crisp etching. It is solid in the hilt. The hilt and scabbard exhibit light pitting and dark patina, but are solid and complete. The grip is in quite good condition, with almost all the shagreen - just small area of wear from carrying for years. A few of the thinner silver wire strands are gone, but the thickest central strand is all present. A very nice attributed sword, of top quality.

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A Victorian Durham Artillery Volunteers officer's sword, with officer's initials etched on the blade. This is a nice sword, with a blade in excellent condition, showing crisp etching and attribution to unit and owner. The proof slug indicates that it is the work of top maker Pillin of London and the sword was retailed through W. W. White of Woolwich. The blade is solid in the hilt and the hilt and scabbard are in overall good condition with light pitting to guard and scabbard. The shagreen of the grip is all present, though most of the grip wire has come away. A good quality sword probably dating to the 1880s.

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A Victorian Artillery Volunteers officer's sword, with dedication and date to the blade. This sword is in good condition, with a bright well-etched blade showing the initials of the giver and receiver, as well as the 1867 date and battalion designation. The THAV probably indicated the Tower Hamlets Artillery Volunteers. It may be possible to trace the officer from army lists. There are some strands of the grip wire missing, but otherwise the grip is in good condition with all the shagreen. The hilt is solid on the tang and the scabbard is in nice condition with a dark patina matching the guard.

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A 19th century Indian bullova fighting axe. This is a nice example - the head can turn on the shaft, but it is possible to wedge it solid with the existing elements. The iron is in nice condition with engraved floral decoration visible. The bamboo shaft is equally in good condition, unusually having lots of script having been added in at least two different hands. Presumably it is possible to translate this. These fighting axes were used in more rural parts of India by tribal groups, probably usually in conjunction with spears and shields. A nice piece and these are not very common - this being in overall good condition.

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A lovely early to mid-18th century Colichemarde smallsword. This example may or may not be British and was probably made for a military officer around 1720-1750, with its utilitarian and undecorated steel guard and pommel. The grip is equally un-fancy, with the original cord binding remaining on the wooden grip. This design makes the sword rather less common than the usual ornate civilian examples. The cord of the grip is somewhat loose now, though it doesn't really affect holding the sword. The grip and pommel are secure on the tang, but there is a little movement to the guard due to the fabric or leather washer which would have sat under the blade shoulder being lost with age (a new washer could remedy this). The blade is around 28 inches long and is in great condition, with a very broad Colichemarde forte at the base. On this section there is engraved decoration on both sides which seems as though it is significant, showing a man's head and shoulders in a fancy hat. This is a lovely and highly desirable smallsword, intended to be used, not just worn. This smallsword has been featured in several of my videos on YouTube.

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A Rifles officer's sword, retailed by Stephens and with the officer's crest and initials etched on the blade. This sword is unresearched, but given the characteristic crest of the Lamb of God and the initials of HED, he should not be too difficult to identify from Hart's Annual Army Lists. The sword is overall in bright and clean condition, although there are some areas of shallow dark pitting on the blade, presumably where rust was allowed to form and was then polished out. The scabbard is in good condition and the leather washer is still present to the guard. The hilt is solid on the tang and the shagreen and wire grip is in excellent condition. A very presentable Rifles officer's sword, with research potential.

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An Indian infantry officer's sword, probably for the state of Kotah. This is a rare piece and probably dates to the mid to late-19th century, when several small princely states in India were semi-independent from British rule, but emulated British uniforms and equipment. The overall style of the sword is clearl emulating the 1854 pattern British infantry officer's sword, but this is probably locally made and it bears the emblem of what seems to be Kotah. There is also some text added to the guard. The condition is average - the blade has some pitting, more on one side than the other, the hilt is overall quite good, just with a few chips to the pommel end of the hardwood grip. There is not grip covering and there clearly never was any. The grip wire is present and the scabbard is in nice condition. The hilt is fairly tight on the tang, with just a little movement. A very interesting and rare sword, worthy of further research.

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A late-Victorian 1896 pattern cavalry officer's sword. This is a clean and tidy example in good condition. There is a little light pitting near the tip of the blade, but otherwise the blade is bright and clear, with crisp etching. The hilt is bright and in great condition, with all the shagreen and everything is solid on the tang. The scabbard is also in good condition and even the original leather sword knot is present. No indication of maker or retailer.

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An attractive and good quality 1897 pattern infantry officer's sword, retailed by Hawkes & Co, with initials etched to the blade from one person to another. Research may throw up some possible candidates of officers who could have owned this sword. Hawkes were a quality retailer and bought their swords from good makers. This George V era sword is somewhat narrower than average examples, both in blade and grip, but it is not piquet weight and has the proved slug, so is a proper fighting weapon of WW1 era. In fact the result is a rather more nimble thrusting weapon than the typical 1897 pattern. The scabbard and sword knot are in good condition for the age, the blade is quite bright with clear etching. The blade is solid in the hilt. The guard has a grey age patina, but is in good condition and the grip is in equally good condition, with all the shagreen and only one strand of wire missing. A nice example of the era with a couple of unusual features.

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A Victorian light cavalry officer's sword. This example is rather lighter than average and features a blade which has been nickel plated. The plating has rendered the decorative blade etching quite faint, although still visible. Though it also means that the blade is still bright and clean. The hilt is in reasonable condition, with nearly all of the shagreen remaining.

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A scarce Victorian 1892 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Hawkes of London. In 1892 a new pattern of blade was introduced for infantry officers, but it would not be until 1895 that a new hilt was designed to accompany it. Therefore the 1892 pattern of sword was only manufactured for 3 years and there are not many remaining (except for the RAMC, who still used this pattern until WW1). We can therefore say with certainty that this sword dates to 1892-1895 and from the proof slug it is likely that the blade was made by Wilkinson on contract for Hawkes, who were a top class military outfitter in London. The sword is complete with its Indian service style scabbard and leather sword knot. The hilt is in very good condition, with the brass of the guard in good shape and the shagreen and grip wire all good. The blade is rather worn, presumably from years of service, though most of the etching is still just about visible. Not a common sword and a nice example of the type, of good quality.

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An infantry officer's sword by Wilkinson, numbered to 1865 and unresearched. This is a tidy example of the sword type, with a clean blade, some patina, crisp excellent quality etching and the blade solid in the hilt. The brass guard is in good shape and the grip is in great condition, with all the shagreen and wire present. Sadly the scabbard is missing, but the leather washer is present on the guard. I very nice relatively early Wilkinson.

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A British Napoleonic infantry officer's sabre, in the style of the 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre, by celebrated maker Runkell of Solingen. These are often referred to as flank officers' sabres and they were purchased by infantry officers who did not like the regulation spadroon. The overall shape is very similar to the light cavalry sabre, but they tend to be lighter and narrower. Many are shorter than the cavalry swords, but this has a 32.5 inch blade, so is almost the same size, though it is narrower and lighter. The blade of this sword is in good condition overall, with the engraving clear to see, including the maker's name on the spine, the GR monogram (for George III) and the British Royal coat of arms and motto, as well as some floral decoration. The hilt unfortunately is rather battered and has had some restoration work done on it in the past, to reinstate the leather washer and fill gaps in the wooden grip. The end result is not bad - the hilt is solid on the tang, without movement, and the grip wire is all present. It is important to note that that this hilt has been tampered with and a good restorer could probably improve on this job greatly. I think the quality of the blade would make it a worthwhile project and this sword survived a fascinating period of history - who knows what stories it could have told! Priced according to the condition of the grip, which makes it a bit of a bargain in my view.

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A very desirable and rare early Madras Artillery officer's sword, by Hart, from around the 1850s. This example is in the foot artillery length, with a 32.5 inch blade, which features very detailed and profuse etching. The blade has been service sharpened right down to the ricasso and it is housed in a wood and leather field scabbard which is later in period but fits the blade perfectly, suggesting it was made for this sword and the sword perhaps had a long service life. Being an Indian-serving officer's sword and being service sharpened, it is likely to have had a very interesting career. The blade is solid in the hilt. The blade and hilt have a dark patina all over and a little pitting here and there, but the blade etching is still very crisp. The grip is in pretty good condition, with 95% of the shagreen and only a couple of strands on wire missing. The hilt has a somewhat unusual shape, the guard being narrower than normal and the pommel being angled unusually. A very desirable sword that is a pleasure in the hand.

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An Italian M1860 cavalry sword made by Putsch & Son of Solingen. This is a nice solid example, with a blade is good bright condition, clearly showing the maker's mark. The blade is solid in the hilt. The grip pleasingly has all its leather covering still, though with most of the grip wire missing. The iron parts of the hilt and scabbard have become a bit rusted and pitted, but this could be cleaned up a lot.

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A WW1 George V Royal Artillery officer's sword by Wilkinson. This example has the hexagonal 'best quality' proof slug, meaning the officer paid extra for elaborate blade etching, which is still evident here. The sword is unresearched, but the records may reveal who the officer was. The blade is service sharpened, so I presume the original owner served in WW1. The sword is in overally good condition, with a bright clean blade, most of the etching clear. The nickel plating of the guard has lifted in spots, but is mostly intact. The shagreen of the grip is in good condition, though there is some loss to the thinner strands of the silver grip wire. The hilt is solid on the tang and this sword is sound and functional. No scabbard unfortunately.

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A very nice quality mid-Victorian light cavalry officer's sword by excellent maker Robert Mole & Sons of Birmingham. The maker's name is not on the blade, but the proof slug is unmistakenly theirs. The blade is in almost flawless condition, with bright original mirror polish, contrasting with perfect frost etching. The blade has not been service sharpened and is almost like new. The guard and scabbard would benefit from a clean, as there is a light dusting of surface rust from storage prior to it coming to me. This is superficial though and the metal of hilt and scabbard are good for the age. Everything is tight and solid on the tang. The grip is in very good condition also, with all the shagreen and grip wire in place. The original sword knot is even still present! This has however almost perished from age (a fairly rare survival at all on Victorian swords) - I would recommend removing it and storing it safely. The scabbard also has what remains of leather cavalry belt slings. A very lovely sword in great condition, with a little work required to clean the hilt and scabbard.

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An outstanding Rifles officer's sword, named and with regimental designation. The first thing to strike you about this sword is the condition, particularly of the blade, which is almost like new, showing the original high mirror polish contrasted with frost etching. I believe the blade to be the work of Reeves of Birmingham. The next most notable thing about the sword is that it is named to Honourary Surgeon William Smith, and both the blade and guard are marked to the XXXIX (39th). It is unusual to have a sword named to a surgeon, and to have the regiment noted as well is a bonus. But therein lies the mystery - the 39th what? The bugle on the guard is an unusual circular form sometimes seen on Indian officers' swords and the crown is not the conventional type - a Bourbon crown? This does not seem to relate to the famous 39th Rifles established in 1887 as this sword appears to be earlier than that - I would say it dates to the 1850s or 1860s. Also, I cannot find any reference to an Army surgeon with this name. A volunteer rifles outfit maybe? Canadian rifles? Clearly some fun research to do for the buyer. The hilt and scabbard are both in good condition. The shagreen and silver grip wire is all in very good condition. The hilt and everything is all tight. Overall a lovely sword, in superb condition, with fascinating research potential.

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A late-Victorian infantry officer's sword in clean condition. This is a tidy example, probably made by Pillin of London, which has had the blade plated. This means that the blade is super bright and without any patina, but it has made the etching a bit obscured - though you can still see most of it. The shape of the hilt and style of scabbard probably indicate a date for this sword in the 1880s or even early 1890s. The scabbard is a nice feature, being an early form of field service scabbard, as first developed in India. The hilt, including the shagreen and grip wire, is in good condition. There is a little movement on the tang. A bright and clean example of the pattern.

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An exceptional 1896 pattern Wilkinson calvary officer’s sword, with patent solid hilt, numbered 43136 for 1911 (one of the latest patent hilts I have seen). The sword is in fantastic condition with only some very minor pitting on the tip of the sword and marks from service sharpening, presumably for WW1. The ricasso of the blade bears Wilkinson’s best quality hexagonal proof slug with clear and detailed etchings. The sword is service sharpened as mentioned and still remains quite sharp. The hilt is in virtually perfect condition, nickel plated in high polish and fine wire-bound chequered patent grips. Housed in brown leather Service Dress scabbard. There is a bend to the leather drag of the scabbard from standing too long. Being the top quality and highly desirable patent solid hit, the whole sword is of course solid and sound. A truly gorgeous sword, from that last few years that swords were still expected to be used in combat by British forces. This sword is currently unresearched.

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An attractive 19th century tulwar of higher than average quality. The blade, which is in nice condition, features a well bevelled sharp edge, with engraved decoration to the surface and inlayed brass sections in the spine. Rather an unusual feature. The blade is solid in the hilt. The hilt sadly is rather pitted, but it is of good quality and solid. The pronounced quillons and knucklebow are robust and the flat decorated disc pommel is firm. The scabbard has been re-wrapped obviously, but in the original style, retaining the original core and fittings.

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A lovely Rifles officer's sword, by Wilkinson, dated to 1887 and named. This numbered Wilkinson is unresearched, but the officer's name is kindly etched on the blade - C Little, Commandant of the Berar Volunteer Rifles 1887. The sword itself has a grey patina overall, with a few patches of light pitting, but is in nice condition generally and totally solid. The blade has clear etching overall, is straight and solid in the hilt. It is a rather beefy sword of chunkier proportions than average. The guard is extra detailed with 'optional extra' engraving around the Rifles horn, featuring palm fronds. The grip is in very nice condition, with all the shagreen tight and silver grip wire. Overall a very desirable sword in decent condition, worthy of research.

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An 1853 pattern cavalry trooper's sword made by Weyersberg of Solingen, without scabbard. This example is in fairly good condition, in need of some light cleaning. The blade is solid and straight, of course tight in the hilt as it is a Reeves Patent solid tang (full width). The guard is in good shape without notable bends and the leather grips are secure on the tang. They still show much original chequering and are only very slightly dried out and shrunk - they would benefit from some leather food. A decent example of an increasingly hard to procure sword type, made famous by the Charge of the Light Brigade.

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An unresearched and unrestored late Victorian Royal Artillery officer's sword by Wilkinson, numbered 35867 for 1898. This sword has a very clean bright blade, with deep clear etching all over. The hilt and scabbard have a light crust of dirt and superficial light rust, which should be cleaned to bring the sword up to top standard. The grip is in fairly good condition, just with a tiny bit of shagreen loss at the pommel. The blade is rock solid in the hilt. The scabbard matches the sword and it sheathes well. An unresearched sword with lots of potential. Restored, this could be used for a modern serving Royal Artillery officer.

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A European smallsword with steel faceted hilt. This sword is in average condition, with light pitting in parts, though the triangular hollowground blade is straight and complete, as is the hilt. The hilt is a bit loose on the tang probably because it has lost a leather or fabric washer from the tang shoulder with the guard and I would recommend this sword as a restoration project - dismounting the hilt would enable cleaning and remounting more solidly with the replacement of a washer. Or this sword would be perfectly fine being left alone for display purposes. I do not know if the grip covering is original - it appears in rather too good condition, but it is possible original. The guard and pommel feature attractive facets which would be brought out by careful cleaning.

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An 18th or 19th century Indian tulwar, in solid but very pitted condition. This sword has pitting all over and while the blade is solid in the hilt, the pitting is so deep in parts that I would not recommend it for cutting or even drilling. This would look fine as part of a display however and it is priced according to the condition. It is nevertheless an old and once good quality sword.

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An Indonesian or Malaysian golok knife. This is a nice example of fairly high status quality judging by the fittings. Probably 19th or early-20th century. The blade has even patina which suggest a good age and the horn hilt is nicely executed. All solid and tight. The lovely scabbard features horn and white metal/silver alloy decorative and structural elements.

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A top quality Wilkinson Royal Artillery sword, dated to 1879 and with the officer's initials and crest to the blade, in need of restoration. This sword was made for Cuthbert Edward Goulburn, who was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1879 and went on to become a Brigadier-General. He served in the Boer War and WW1. The sword is presented here in totally unrestored condition, with active rust to hilt and blade and no scabbard present. There is pitting resulting from the rust, but most of the blade etching remains clear, including the Royal Artillery motif and Goulburn's crest and initials. The blade is service sharpened and solid in the hilt. The hilt is basically in good shape except for the rust, the shagreen of the grip is 95% present and the grip wire is all there (silver under the dark patina which requires cleaning). This is a 'project' sword, but a top quality one with lots of research potential - it is priced according to the quality and provenance, balanced against the condition and work required.

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A Wilkinson top quality (hexagonal slug) 1912 pattern cavalry officer's sword dating to WW1. The serial number for this sword (48104) is unresearched, but dates to the war years and the sword is service sharpened accordingly. The scabbard is lacking and the sword is in average condition, having some pitting to the guard, the blade being bright, but the etching is rubbed and worn, and the shagreen is a bit shrunken. Despite this, the sword is solid and sound and of the best possible quality, with some of the etching remaining clear. It would probably respond well to an overall clean and feeding the grip skin. Dating to WW1 and being the best quality it could hold some great research potential. A very nice sword in the hand, for its intended purpose. Replacement scabbards can be bought as this is still the current pattern in service.

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A Victorian 1889 pattern staff sergeants sword made by Wilkinson. The 32.5” beefy straight blade is in good condition with a few areas of staining but retaining most of its original polish. The tip has some light pitting. The base of the blade is marked with the issue date of 1891, crown inspection stamps and the X of the bend test. The quillon is stamped with 5 different issuing marks suggesting the sword had an active service life. The hilt is in good condition with no movement. It retains its wire and the shagreen is undamaged but for a few small paint marks. The gilt brass guard has been well polished and has a few patches of discolouration. The scabbard has some patches of old rust and a big dent at the base but this does not affect the drawing or sheaving of the sword and is overall sound. The 1889 pattern is increasingly rare as it was only issued between 1899 and 1897 when the new pattern with the dumbbell blade began to be issued.

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1890 pattern British Cavalry troopers sword. The blade (34 1/4" long and at 1 1/4" at the base) is in good condition and despite some staining there is no pitting and it retains much of its original polish. It has been service sharpened both front edge and the last few inches of the back of the blade and has a few nicks along the blade. It has had a busy life with the War Department broad arrow and stamp, the Enfield makers inspection mark and numerous date stamps from 1893 to 1898. There is the bend test mark and a faint unit marking on the hit with what appears to be a D G for the Dragoon Guards. The hilt reflects this hard service and the leather grips are somewhat eroded, although still firm on the tang and serviceable. No scabbard unfortunately. May make a good cutter for someone.

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An interesting pair of swords of the Rifle Brigade one marked to the Middlesex Rifles and the other simply marked to the Rifle Brigade. What makes them unusual is that they are both hilted with the 1821 pattern style hilt which was generally only used for cavalry or artillery. With their unusual hilts (maybe officer preference or a regimental peculiarity) and rifle etching it is likely the two are a pair. The broader of the two with the stepped pommel still has the rifle brigade cypher and the light infantry bugle but overall the etching is faded and the retailer's name is illegible. The blade has some notches along its length and is stained and lightly pitted. The sword that has the scabbard has the Middlesex Rifles etching and the Light Infantry bugle and the etching is crisper, although faded in part. The blade has a proof slug, and some minor staining. No makers name can be made out. The scabbard is patinated but sound. Both hilts have some movement - the broader bladed one because the wood has shrunk around the tang and the scabbarded one with a little movement of the guard itself. Both are potential restoration projects with repeening a possibility. The Middlesex rifles were formed in 1881 with two regular battalions and four militia/volunteer.

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A Victorian Royal Engineers officer's sword by Mole of Birmingham. This example is missing its scabbard and the blade has very dark patina and light pitting. However it is solid and sound, the excellent Mole construction meaning the hilt is tight on the tang and the blade is functionally in good condition, straight and perhaps showing service sharpening. Some of the etching is still visible, despite the patina. The brass scroll hilt is in reasonable shape and the grip is okay - some shrinkage to the shagreen and patches of loss. A desirable sword that is in theoretically usable, if not the best aesthetic condition.

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A 19th century British smallsword in good condition. The blade is lovely on this example; straight, clean and bright. The hilt is also in very good condition, made of some sort of cast alloy with classical decoration. The grip is a bit loose on the tang.

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A hanger of unknown provenance. The hilt is a type, with cast iron grip and two-bar brass stirrup hilt, that was carried by some support troops (eg. Medical) from the Napoleonic era onwards. The straight blade of this example has been beaten up and the hilt assembly is loose. The scabbard has been repaired. Either a restoration or curio piece and priced accordingly. May even be useful for parts if someone has a suitable spare blade. Or fine as a wall hanger.

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A French Chassepot M1866 bayonet and scabbard. A tidy example which needs a good clean. The blade is nice and bright with visible inspection stamps (though no maker's writing on the spine). The guard and scabbard need a bit of work with wire wool and oil, but should come up nicely. The brass has thick patina, which could easily be polished bright if desired. The spring catch works perfectly. Nice untouched example.

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