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Click on the photos below for more detailed photos of each. Reasonable offers welcome. P&P cost for a single sword within the UK is £10.

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I am also interested in purchasing antique swords and muzzle-loading firearms, particularly British Victorian and particularly Wilkinsons.

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BRITISH MILITARY SWORDS
A British 1896 pattern cavalry officer's sword, by Hamburger, Rogers and Co, outfitters to the King. This sword is marked to George V's reign and as this pattern was replaced in 1912 this gives a date window of 1910-1912. This model of sword was carried by all cavalry officers from 1896 to 1912 and was based on the earlier Heavy Cavalry officer's sword. This example has a large 35 and a half inch blade which has been service sharpened - probably for WW1. It is lacking its wood and leather scabbard and so has a few patches of staining and pitting to the blade, but overall it is in good condition. Most of the etching is clear and the proof slug suggests it was made by Pillin. The blade is firm in the hilt and all the shark skin and wire is present and correct. There is some very slight movement to the backstrap, but the hilt is otherwise solid. A nice big sword with the guard in particularly good condition.

£275 + P&P

Fine Wilkinson 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, with officer's initials etched on the blade. The blade is numbered 18818, for 1873, and the officer's initials seem to be HPH - this sword is unresearched. The whole sword is in good condition with its brass scabbard, perhaps indicating Field Officer rank or higher. The blade is free of rust or any notable pitting, with only a few dark marks. The blade is unsharpened and is firm in the hilt. The hilt is in similarly good condition, with the brass guard and backstrap in nice shape, all the shark skin present on the grip and only one strand of the wire missing. The leather washer is present. The brass scabbard has the usual little dents and scratches from wear, but is in overall good condition and all the parts are there. The sword sits securely in the scabbard and both obviously belong together. The one flaw to note with this sword is that the peened end of the tang has been re-tightened, probably to solve a rattle. One interesting feature to note about the sword is the strung bugle on the blade, which may indicate that the officer was originally in the Rifles and moved to the Infantry.

£495 + P&P

Superb top quality Wilkinson 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, to named officer, with initials G.L.E.M. etched on blade. The blade, numbered 15577, dates to 1868, the year that the probable officer, George Lycett Engledue May,‏ was commissioned into the 84th Regiment of Foot. He went on to become a Major by April 1883, in the Lancashire Fusiliers. I believe that whilst the blade dates to 1868, the top quality heavy hilt was probably an upgrade, as it is in the 1880's style - so this was probably done by Wilkinson (it is definitely their work) when George May became a Major in 1883 (I own an 1886 example which has an almost identical hilt). The whole sword is in excellent condition, the blade retaining much of its original polish and the etching all being clear. There are only a few slightly dark patches and one very small area of pitting to the false edge and unfortunately the proof slug is missing. The blade has not been sharpened. The hilt is all solid and in excellent order, with crisp edges, tight and complete black shark skin, and all the extra-quality thick wire in place and tight. The field scabbard is another nice touch, I believe also dating to the 1880's, when the new hilt was probably fitted (my 1886 example has a very similar scabbard also). A fantastic sword, with research potential - this weapon dances in the hand. Wilkinson earned their reputation as the best.

£895 + P&P

British 1827 pattern Rifle Volunteers sword, by a German maker, 1860-1890. This is a clean example with a bright blade in good condition and free from pitting. The etching is all clear, as is the proof disc which probably identifies to a Solingen maker. The hilt is also clean, with all the shark skin grip present and just some loss to the wire. With its scabbard, which is a snug fit.

£245 + P&P

British 1827 pattern 5th Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps Officer's sword, probably 1870s. This is a really nice sword with a lot of original high polish remaining on the blade. There are little patches of darkening to the blade where it has been neglected and rust has formed, but this could be cleaned up, as could the hilt. The hilt is all solid and sound, but could do with some cleaning. The shark skin and wire is good and the wood and leather scabbard, designed to be worn with a Sam Browne belt, is in good condition and complete. A nice sword that would easily reward a little cleaning. The 5th Middx Volunteer Rifles were originally attached to the Royal Fusiliers, City of London Regiment.

£295 + P&P

British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, with brass Field Officer rank scabbard. This sword was probably purchased by a relatively senior officer between 1845 and 1860, putting it in the period of the Crimean War and suchlike. The blade is in good condition with quality etching, though with areas of pitting here and there. The blade has been sharpened for service and remains relatively sharp, especially at the tip. The hilt is in overall good condition, with the shark skin grip and wire good. Unfortunately the leaf spring behind the folding flap has gone, so the flap now hinges freely and does not stay in position (hence the price), but this could be fixed and it is secure. The scabbard has some dents and one crease, as most of these brass scabbards do. The retailer is Johnstone of Dawson Street, Dublin. A nice sword that could be even improved with a little attention.

£345 + P&P

British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, dating to between 1845 and around 1860 - Crimean War/Indian Mutiny era. This sword is in reasonable condition with much of the etching still clearly visible, with slight areas of light pitting and some loss of blade decoration from over-polishing. The hilt is in good condition, with practically all the shark skin grip covering present and all the grip wire. There is a tiny amount of movement in the guard and the folding section is more or less stuck in the 'deployed' position, though this may be fixable. No scabbard unfortunately.

£185 + P&P

British 1827 pattern Volunteer Rifles Officer’s sword, retailed by Woods & Sons. This sword is in good overall condition, with blade retaining much of its original polish and with only minor staining - no notable pitting. The etching is crisp and includes the volunteer rifles badge and the VR royal cypher. The hilt has no movement and all of its shagreen (some a little worn) and grip wire. The leather and steel scabbard is in need of some attention, having split at the end and missing the drag. The sword dates to somewhere between 1859 (the start of the Volunteer rifle movement) and 1892, with the overall form suggesting an earlier date.

£205 + P&P

Highly sought after early British 1821 pattern heavy cavalry officer’s sword, by Henry Wilkinson, with heraldic crest and owner's initials. The blade is etched with the initials 'A F' and heraldic crest of a greyhound, with the motto ‘Juste et Droit’. The owner is currently un-researched, but given the clues of both family crest and initials, coupled with the small number of regiments using these swords, it should not be too difficult to identify the original owner. Curiously, the Wilkinson number has been deliberately removed, making this a little more difficult to date, but from the overall form and details I believe it to be quite early for a Wilkinson - I would say between about 1854 and 1865. The 35” blade is clearly etched, including the royal cipher of Queen Victoria, but has some pitting and staining along its length. The brass proof disc has come out (or been removed?) and the last quarter of the blade has a slight bend/kink, which could be straightened by a skilful hand. The hilt has suffered some lost of shagreen and has a small bit of movement on the tang - at some point in its career the pommel nut has been replaced. In short, this is a top quality sword, which may have a very interesting history, but it could do with some TLC. No scabbard.

£395 + P&P
 

British special regulation cavalry sword, circa 1853-1864. The overall construction of this is like an 1853 or 1864 pattern cavalry sword, with the same Reeves patent hilt and leather slab grips held on by five rivets. However, the blade is more curved that those regulation patterns, slightly longer at 36 inches, and the guard is a slightly asymmetrical bowl guard somewhat similar to the 1821 heavy cavalry troopers' sword! The guard has two holes which may be for water drainage or some unusual sword knot arrangement. My gut feeling on this sword is that it was either made as an experimental model or (and this is supported by the more curved blade) it was made for an Indian cavalry regiment by special order. It could benefit from further cleaning and restoration work to the leather grip slabs, one of which has perished much more than the other. The blade has pitting. It lacks a scabbard (which if for Indian service may have been wood and leather). However it is an extremely unusual sword and I have not seen another like it, nor seen any like it in original catalogues. It is a very imposing and big sword, with pleasing proportions and some potentially really interesting research to be done on it.

£325 + P&P

 
OTHER SWORDS
French 1822 pattern cavalry officer's sabre with desirable and unusual decorated blade. Most of these French sabres have plain blades, but this officer paid extra to have an etched decorated blade with various motifs including flags, trophies and floral designs. The sword was made by Fournier of Paris and dates to the second half of the 19th century, probably the 1860s-80s. The sword is all solid, with horn handle in good condition and unusually the grip wire is all intact, if a little loose. No scabbard unfortunately.

£375 + P&P

An unusual short sword/large knife which I do not know the origin of. However, I believe from its overall form that it may be from Tibet, Bhutan or suchlike. The blade is very robust, perhaps being a shortened heavy cavalry sword blade. The scabbard is designed to be one-sided and another example that recently sold in auction had the same feature. Some chips to the wood here and there, but a solid piece in fairly good condition.

£95 + P&P

Swiss 1867 pattern infantry officer's sword, by E & F Hörster of Solingen, a very reputable maker. This is a very nice sword in the hand, light but with authority to the blade. The pipe-backed blade has a quill point and reminds one of earlier British swords. The whole sword is in nice condition with only some staining in a few patches on the nickel-plated plate. The hilt is in good condition, with 95% of the shark skin and all the wire present. The scabbard is in equally good condition. A nice fighting sword.

£325 + P&P

 
KNIVES, DAGGERS & OTHERS
An excavated medieval eating/utility knife. In relic condition, this is a nice little curiosity. I have no idea where it comes from or when it was excavated - it came in a mixed lot - but it is probably 15th century. About 7 inches total.

£11 + P&P

A modern but traditionally-made and designed Cretan/Greek knife, with Greek inscription. Black horn handle. Overall around 7 inches. Sharp.

£15 + P&P

 
SOLD ITEMS - examples of previously sold:

 

British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Edwards & Son.

SOLD

Indian tulwar, 18th or 19thC.

SOLD

British 1821 pattern Royal Artillery sword, by Hamburger, Rogers & Co.

SOLD

British 1821 pattern Royal Artillery officer's sword, from 1860, by Hawkes, given to John Tyndale Greenfield by Lieutenant-Colonel George Wilkins C.B., who had served at the Battle of Waterloo.

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French 1829 pattern artilleryman's sabre, made in Chatelleraut in 1855.

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British 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sabre. Pre-1845.

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British 1897 pattern infantry officer’s sword, George V.

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Superior quality Indian tulwar.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword by Thurkle.

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British 1857 pattern Royal Engineers sword by Jones.

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French 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sabre.

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British 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sword, from George IV's reign.

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Antique Japanese wakizashi blade.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, with officer's initials GWY (probably George William Younghusband).

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1867 pattern Indian cavalry pistol, with EIG markings to the lock.

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British 1854 pattern infantry sergeant's sword by Lacy & Sons.

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British 1827 pattern Rifle Brigade sword by Wilkinson, probably owned by Sir Charles Roderick Hunter.

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British 1827 pattern Rifles officer's sword, by Firmin & Sons.

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19th or early 20th century Masonic sword made by well known sword makers Coulaux brothers of Klingenthal.

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French First Empire (Napoleonic) naval officer's spadroon.

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British 1861 pattern infantry sergeant's sword, made by Mole of Birmingham.

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British 1827 pattern Rifles officer’s sword with an 1892 pattern blade, by Wilkinson.

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British 1821 pattern Royal Artillery sword, by Pillin, with crest and initials to blade.

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An 18th or 19th century Indian tulwar.

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A Kurdish dagger jambiya.

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A South-East Asian Kris/Keris.

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British 1827 pattern Royal Navy officer's sword.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer's 'fighting' sword, by H. Hart of Pall Mall, London.

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British 1822 pattern infantry officer’s sword from the reign of William IV.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, retailed by Webb & Bonella, with heraldic crest on the blade.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, by top maker Robert Mole & Sons, etched to 'Dr. Louis Tarleton Young, Indian Medical Service'.

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French Modèle 1882 Light Cavalry sword dated 1883.

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British 1897 pattern infantry officer’s sword by Boyton & Son.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officers sword, by E Thurkle.

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18th or 19th century Indian tulwar.

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British 1890 Pattern cavalry trooper's sabre, marked clearly to the 15th Hussars.

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British 1821 pattern Edwardian Royal Artillery sword, by Wilkinson.

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British 1897 pattern Victorian infantry officer's sword, by Mole.

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British 1821 pattern artillery/cavalry officer's sword.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Pillin, with officer's initials etched on blade.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officers sword with owner's initials and 'Gibraltar'.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officers sabre, with officer's name to blade.

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British 1827 pattern Rifle officer's sword (Rifle Brigade or Volunteers).

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French 1837 pattern naval officer's sword (early example, circa 1850).

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British 1821 (1896) pattern heavy cavalry officer's sword.

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German 1811 pattern 'Blücher' sabre.

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British 1821 pattern light cavalry sword.

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British 1821 pattern Royal Artillery sword, by Wilkinson, with owner's initials.

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British 1821 pattern Light Cavalry sword.

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British 1821 pattern 1st Sussex Volunteer Artillery sword, by Hobson & Sons, with officer's initials.

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Scottish 1857 pattern hilted Field Officer's sword.

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British 1827 Rifles officer's sword.

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British 1870 pattern Honourable Artillery Company officer's sword, by Sherlock & Co.

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Unusual British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Alex Coppell.

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British 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sword.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, with 1845 style blade, by Robert Mole & Sons.

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French 1855 pattern infantry officer's sword, dated to 1855.

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British 1821 pattern Royal Artillery sword, by Wilkinson dated to 1883, with owner's initials etched on the blade.

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19th century Indonesian Kris dagger.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword with steel hilt.

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18th century Indian katar.

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Belgian 7mm pinfire pocket revolver, circa 1870.

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British 1895 pattern infantry officer's sword.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword with Long family crest on blade.

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British 1827/45 pattern Rifle Regiment/Volunteers sword.

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18th or 19th century Balkan yataghan.

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British 1821/96 pattern Heavy Cavalry Officer's sword, by Mole (dated 1910-12).

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British 1796 pattern Infantry Officer's spadroon.

SOLD