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BRITISH SWORDS
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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 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.

£295 + P&P NEW - SOLD
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.

£320 + P&P NEW
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.

£295 + P&P NEW
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.

£795 + P&P - SOLD
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.

£995 + P&P


 

OTHER SWORDS AND WEAPONS
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.

£245 + P&P NEW
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.

£220 + P&P
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.

£195 + P&P
   
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.

£199 + P&P
 

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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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