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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 robust example of the British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, with larger and more elaborate version of the inner guard (modelled on those of the Foot Guards). The bronze-coloured brass guard is in good condition with a nice even patina, being a nice thick example of the infantry officer's guard. The shark skin of the grip is in good condition, though the grip wire is completely missing. The 33 inch blade has an even patina, but only a couple of areas of pitting, being in overall good condition, with clear etching. There is no maker or retailer marked on the blade and no proof disc, making me think this is probably a German-made example for the British market. The scabbard is a bit rough around the edges, but it is present and could be improved with some care. There is a very tiny amount of movement in the hilt, but it is barely noticeable and could be eradicated if needed.

£275 + P&P New
A British 1856 pattern Pioneers sword made by Wilkinson. The sword has had an active life with numerous markings to the blade and hilt including crown inspection stamps, the broad arrow of the War Department, an X indicating the side that the bend test was performed on and the double arrow indicating ’sold out of service’ (quite possibly to the navy who, after 1904 when the pattern was declared obsolete by the army, purchased many to act as cutlasses). The clearest date marking is 00 for 1900. The hilt also has 10.01 followed by an M and a series of other letters. The beefy blade is of course firm in the hilt, having a full-width patent tang, and is in fair condition with an even patina and some pitting. It has been serviced sharpened. No scabbard.

£265 + P&P New
A British Honourable Artillery Company officer's sword, by Wilkinson, with officer's initials and dated to 1917 (serial number 53344) - unresearched. This is a very rare sword - an HAC officer's sword firstly, a numbered Wilkinson with officer's initials secondly and WW1-dated thirdly. The blade condition is very good, with only little black specs as a flaw - overall very nice. The frost etching is crisp and clear. The blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt is a little pitted, but all solid and sound, with all the detail (eg. HAC flaming grenade) very clear - the grip is also in good condition with a little of the wire missing, but mostly there. The leather washer shown is a replacement, but is cosmetic and can be removed. The scabbard is in worn condition, but present. This has Wilkinson's 'best quality' hexagonal proof slug, showing that the officer paid for a higher quality finish (more detailed etching for example). This is a very rare and desirable sword, which could be returned to modern parade condition in the future.

£495 + P&P New
A British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword by B Johnstone, dating to around 1850. The sword itself is in very nice condition overall. The blade is straight, solid and bright, with clear etching, which was protected by a coating of varnish (I have mostly removed this, but more cleaning would be rewarded). The hilt is all sound and complete, without notable bends, the hinged drop works perfectly and the grip skin and wire is all in great condition. The only real flaw to this sword is that the brass scabbard has been seriously bent and then straightened at some point, creating a crack in one side - but the other side remains intact, so that scabbard is still in one piece and functions. The brass scabbard probably indicates an officer of Major rank or above. A nice sword.

£275 + P&P New
A British 1821 pattern Durham 11th Artillery Volunteers officer's sword, by quality outfitter Hobson & Sons, named to Oliver H A Maggs (who seems to have been a doctor, but whom I have not really researched). This is a really nice sword - the blade is bright and clear, with crisp etching and the name very visible. The hilt is all as it should be and free of notable pitting or bends. The grip is in fantastic condition, with all the shark skin and wire intact. The scabbard is complete and only with very reasonable signs of wear for the age. This probably dates to the 1880s and could provide an interesting research piece.

£295 + P&P New
A British 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sword, by Wilkinson, numbered 10803 and dating to 1860. A copy of the Wilkinson sales ledger is included with the sword - no buyer is listed. This sword is sadly lacking its scabbard and has some losses to the grip. However, it is a top quality and large sword which feels lovely in the hand, with its impressive 35.5 inch blade. The blade has been sharpened during service and remains in excellent condition, with a lot of original polish and the etching crisp and clear. Only a few dark marks here and there. The steel of the hilt is quite pitted, but sound.

£375 + P&P
An 1853 pattern cavalry trooper's sabre, with scabbard, by Mole of Birmingham. This is a solid example of this desirable pattern, generally in very good condition. The blade has been service sharpened and retains quite a lot of nickel plating in the fullers, with only minor pitting. It remains remarkably sharp. The iron hilt is a little pitted, but no notable bends and no cracks (which are often found on this pattern). There are various markings to both sword and scabbard - see photos. The leather of the grip is a little worn down by very solid on the tang and the scabbard has been painted black at some point. The sword stops about 1cm shy of going fully into the scabbard, probably because something has got stuck in the bottom of the scabbard. A big and impressive sword, with its 35 inch blade - a lot of fun to wave around!

£450 + P&P
A British 1827 pattern Rifle Brigade officer's sword by Wilkinson, with regimental and officer's details etched to blade, numbered 22919 for 1879. A good solid example, all present and correct except for having no scabbard. There is an even grey patina to both blade and hilt, with a little pitting to parts of the blade. However the blade is straight and in generally decent condition, with the etching all clear and it has been service sharpened. The blade is etched to the 7th batallion of the Rifle Brigade, with the officer's initials of HN. This sword is unresearched. A good example of a Wilkinson from the mid-Victorian period and it should not be too hard to find a scabbard for it.

£375 + P&P
A British 1827 pattern Rifle officer's sword and scabbard, by Henry Wilkinson.This sword is a bit of an enigma, as whilst it has the Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, on the ricasso, it does not have the usual HW proof slug, nor any serial number on the spine. This may mean that the sword is pre-1854 (when Wilkinson started numbering their swords) and the proof slug used here is one that Wilkinson occasionally used on trade blade. Still, an unusual combination. The scabbard is original to the sword but probably later than the sword and comes with associated belt frog (the leather quite dried out and cracked). The steel of the hilt is quite pitted, but the hilt is totally solid and the shark skin grip and grip wire is all good. Best of all, the blade is in excellent condition, with even patina and really crisp etching.

£275 + P&P
A rare 1751 pattern infantry hanger, made by renowned maker Drury. This example has a hefty 25 inch hanger blade which is in nice condition considering it is around 230-260 years old - it retains a sharp edge and still has its leather scabbard. The blade itself has some little nicks to the cutting edge, but is remarkably bright and un-pitted. The chunky brass hilt is quite tight on the hilt, with only a tiny bit of movement - the brass is all there and in shape and some amount of gilding remains to the surface. This type of sidearm was carried during the American War of Independence and had been more or less phased out by the Napoleonic Wars. The scabbard is all complete, with 95% of the stitching intact - just the brass belt hook is missing. It is very rare to get these swords still with their scabbards.

£650 + P&P Reduced
A rare early-Victorian British yeomanry cavalry sergeant's sword, with name. This sword is highly unusual in that it is named for a Sergeant Higgott, 7 Troop of the Queen's Own Royal Yeomanry. It was likely given as a prize or gift. Being a pipe-backed blade, this dates the sword to between 1837 and 1845 and the maker's name of Barlow, Lichfield, is also present on the other side of the blade. Being a sergeant's sword the grip is leather, rather than shark skin, and the grip and wire are in great condition. The blade has even grey patina, but is in very good condition, with clear etching. The hilt is all solid and sound, though both hilt and scabbard have matching pitting - now an even dark patina. A nice big sword and highly unusual.

£475 + P&P
An 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Wilkinson, with officer's initials and crest to the blade. This sword is numbered 25619 and with the initials LHH and crest of a hawk with a lure, was probably the sidearm of Captain Lawrence Harry Hawkes (the Wilkinson records may confirm this). Captain Hawkes was of the 2nd Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, and he died at Barberton during the Boer War on 13 November 1900. He was born in March 1864 and entered the Bedfordshire Regiment in August 1883, being transferred to the Welsh Regiment the following month, and was promoted Captain in February 1890. The blade is in good condition overall, with clear etching, except where the service sharpening has removed some. Some modification has been done to the ricasso, perhaps to fit a new scabbard, and this has led to the removal of the Henry Wilkinson name and the numbers have become feint (though fairly sure they are 25619). There are also some very small nicks to the front edge. Otherwise the blade is all good and firm in the hilt. The hilt is generally good, with the brass all intact and fish skin present on all of the grip except the pommel segment. The thick wire is present, the thin wires are gone. The backstrap has a little movement, but very superficial. No scabbard unfortunately. Overall a nice example of the type, to an officer who died in service and would reward more research.

£375 + 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.

£495 + 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 EUROPEAN SWORDS
Spanish 1895 pattern cavalry trooper's sword, made in Toledo in 1898. This is a good solid example of an important model of cavalry sword in the history of European cavalry weapons. You can clearly see the new thinking in the hist design which along with other European models led to the development of the British 1908 pattern cavalry sword. In fact this Spanish model is somewhat similar to some British prototypes that appeared around 1900. The grips are hardwood, secured by screw bolts like a bayonet grip, the hilt parts are all steel and very solid, the blade is curved and surprising light weight. This is one of the last European designs of cavalry sword to be curved. The sword and scabbard are in solid condition, but with pitting to the guard and scabbard in particular. There is only very light pitting to the blade. The grip is in good condition.

£199 + P&P Reduced
 
NON-EUROPEAN WEAPONS
A 19th century Anglo-Indian Bowie-type knife. This is almost certainly an example of a sub-type of Bowie knife that was predominantly made in India for British civilians and officers, sometimes to be used as a campaigning knife, but also as a hunting knife. They were recommended as accessories for all sorts of hunting, including pig-sticking. This one probably dates to 1870-1890 and is fairly typical of the type, with a straight clip-back blade of good temper, a rounded guard, a canted antler grip with steel pommel plate, Indian-style wood and leather sheath, with typical locking leaf spring to the keep the knife in place.

£125 + P&P
A late-18th or 19th century Indian tulwar with a straight double-edged blade. Straight double-edged Indian swords are not very common and this example utilises what I suspect to be an imported European broadsword blade. The hilt suggests c.1800 to me. The blade is completely solid in the hilt and in good condition with even patina. It has been very sharp and is now almost sharp. The blade is straight and has good temper. The hilt is somewhat pitted, but is of good quality and shows signs of some kind of koftgari or applied gilding decoration on the pommel. The hilt is quite small, even by tulwar standards.

£199 + P&P
 
SOLD ITEMS - some examples of previously sold:
British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Henry Wilkinson, numbered 8418.

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An Afghan pesh kabz dagger.

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British 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sword, with pipe-back blade and Indian type scabbard.

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British 1827 pattern Rifle officer's sword by Ranken of Calcutta.

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A 19th century Indian or Afghan pesh kabz dagger.

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19th century Indian tulwar.

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19th century Afghan kyhber knife or 'charah'.

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A WW2 military issue Ghurka kukri, with date stamps to both 1941 and 1942.

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An 18th or early-19th century Indian tulwar.

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British bandsman's sword, possibly Royal Navy, in the mameluke style, by Whites of London.

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Victorian British 1897 pattern infantry officers sword, by Flight.

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1796 pattern British Infantry officer’s spadroon.

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Napoleonic-era karabela-type cavalry officer's sabre, with ivory hilt and engraved blade.

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19th or early-20th century Ghurka kukri.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, marked to W S Saunders Esq (Dr William Sedgwick Saunders, with connection to Jack the Ripper case).

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British 1870 pattern Honourable Artillery Company officer’s sword.

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19th or early-20th century 'naife' from the Canary Islands.

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British 1827 pattern Volunteer Rifles Officer’s sword, retailed by Woods & Sons.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword.

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Nepalese or Indian Ghurka kukri with bone handle.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword.

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Rare 1821 pattern North Western Provinces & Oudh Police Force sword, marked 'NWP & Oudh' and '1857-58 Police Force', by Firmin & Sons.

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Victorian Royal Artillery officer's sword, by Pillin.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword and scabbard, etched with initials and crest for Charles Bruce Knight Alleyne.

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1890 pattern British cavalry sword of the 2nd Dragoons.

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Rare variant of the British 1796 pattern light cavalry officer's sabre.

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British 1827 pattern 5th Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps Officer's sword.

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Vintage kukri from Nepal.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Jones.

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An 1827 pattern Rifles officer's sword.

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A Victorian British infantry officer's sword, by E Thurkle, with officer's heraldic crest and initials, believed to have belonged to Lieut-Colonel Piers William North, D.S.O.

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A British 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre, by Gill.

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A Victorian era gymnasium sabre.

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George V Royal Artillery officer's sword.

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1912 pattern British cavalry officers sword.

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British 1854 pattern infantry officer’s sword by Wilkinson, marked to A. L. Calcraft, numbered 8973.

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British 1796 pattern heavy cavalry officer's dress sword.

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British 1896 pattern cavalry officer's sword by Hamburger, Rogers and Co.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword by Buckmaster.

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British 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's fighting sword with plain blade.

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British 1885 pattern cavalry trooper's sword, by Mole of Birmingham.

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British 1853 pattern sword by J.E. Bleckmann of Solingen.

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Swiss 1867 pattern infantry officer's sword, by E & F Hörster.

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French 1855 pattern infantry officer's sword.

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A British 1895 pattern infantry officer's sword, retailed by J. Conan of Dublin.

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A rare British 4-bar hilted 1821 pattern Royal Artillery officer's sword with officer's family crest.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword.

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British 1853 pattern cavalry trooper's sabre, by Mole of Birmingham.

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Austrian 1845 pattern cavalry trooper's sabre.

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British 1827 pattern Rifles officer's sword with owner's initials to blade, by Hobson and Sons.

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French 1822 pattern cavalry officer's sabre by Fournier of Paris.

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Italian 1888 pattern infantry officer's sword, by F Horster of Solingen.

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A rare Victorian British river police sword.

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British 1897 pattern infantry officer's sword, made by Fenton Bros.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword.

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British 1890 pattern cavalry troopers' sword, marked to the 6th Dragoon Guards.

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A short sword from Sikkim.

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British 1885 pattern cavalry troopers' sword.

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Indian tulwar, probably early-mid 19th century.

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British 1821 pattern heavy cavalry officer’s sword, by Henry Wilkinson, etched with the initials 'A F' and heraldic crest of a greyhound, with the motto ‘Juste et Droit’.

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Wilkinson 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, numbered 18818 and initials HPH.

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British 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Johnstone of Dawson Street, Dublin.

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British 1897 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Wilkinson. George V. Numbered 61876.

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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 1857 pattern Royal Engineers sword by Jones.

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French 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sabre.

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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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German 1811 pattern 'Blücher' sabre.

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British 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sword.

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

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