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A late-Victorian Wilkinson officer's sword (1896 cavalry hilt on earlier 34.5 inch Royal Horse Artillery blade), to a named officer with an extensive, well-documented and interesting military career. This was the sword of Sir Berkeley Vincent (1871-1963), who joined the Royal Horse Artillery in 1891, but later in 1911 tranferred to the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons, when the Royal Artillery blade was obviously rehilted as a cavalry officer's sword. Berkeley retired as a Brigadier General in 1924, having served during his career in Gibraltar 1891-93, India 1896-1901, the China War/Boxer Rebellion 1900-01 (medal), South Africa (2nd Boer War) 1901-02 (QSA 5 clasps), Russo-Japanese War 1904-5 (as a Language Officer at the British Legation in Tokyo 1903 - 1905, attached to the Japanese 1st Army in 1904 firstly in Korea on special services during the period February to March 1904, then in Manchuria during the period May 1904 until June 1905). He was then attached to the Austro-Hungarian Army (1906), promoted to a Staff Captain of the Royal Horse Artillery in 1908 and again served overseas as an instructor at the Indian Staff College in Quetta, India, during 1909. He was removed at the instigation of General Haig during 1910. He transferred to the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons in 1911 and was promoted to Brevet Colonel during 1914. He served in the First World War on the General Staff and was promoted to full Colonel. He was attached to the Japanese First Army in Manchuria at various points between 1914-18, and also served on the General Staff in France, wounded 5 times, Mentioned In Dispatches, CB 1919, CMG 1916. During 1922-1923 he was GOC Military Forces in Iraq, and served in Kurdistan during 1923, MID medal. From 1922-24 he was Colonel Commandant Military Forces, Iraq. He was knighted in 1924 and retired from the Army the same year.
This outstanding sword is in good condition overall, with obvious signs of its long campaigning life, including extensive sharpening and re-sharpening. The blade, aside from the sharpening and some localised areas of pitting (which have been cleaned in the past) is in good condition, with clear etching in most parts. Berkeley's initials and the date he was commissioned have been hand engraved on the blade. The blade is straight and solid in the hilt. The steel scabbard is in good condition. The hilt is in very nice condition, with a bright un-pitted guard, all the shagreen present, only one strand of the thinner silver grip wire missing, and everything tight and sound.
A very nice Wilkinson officer's sword, with an outstanding history and potential for years of research.

£1,100 + P&P
A British 1856 pattern Pioneers' sword. This sword appears to have had a quiet life as, not only is there no stamps on the blade and only one date (1893) on the hilt, it has never been service sharpened. The brass hilt and unfullered saw back blade are in sound condition but with some pitting on the blade. The sword pattern was declared obsolete in 1904 having been carried by pioneers and later the navy as cutlass-substitutes. Would clean up well if desired. Everything solid.

£195 + P&P - SALE PENDING
An attractive 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, retailed by Stillwell and probably made by Thurkle. The condition on this one is great, though the scabbard is unfortunately missing (it was probably leather with brass fittings and these often fall apart with age). The blade is bright with good polish and clear etching. The blade is firm in the hilt, though there is the tiniest bit of movement in the guard. The guard is in good shape with nice patina, the folding drop working perfectly. The shagreen and grip wire is all in very good shape and the tang nut is tiny and firm. A nice example of an infantry officer's sword from c.1845-1860.

£340 + P&P
An 1885 pattern cavalry troopers' sword, by Weyersberg of Solingen, with copious markings, dating the sword to 1886 and initially being issued to the 1st Dragoon Guards. Sadly missing its scabbard now, but in superb condition regardless, with a bright blade, very clear markings to both sides of the blade ricasso and various parts of the hilt. The blade of course is rock solid in the hilt, being a patent solid hilt (full width tang) and the metal parts of the hilt are in good preservation, covered currently in a patina that is the result of varnish it seems (which could be cleaned off easily enough, if desired). The leather grips and chequering are in pretty much perfect condition for the age. This is a lovely example of the pattern in great condition, with research potential, and it should not be too hard to get a scabbard to fit it.

£290 + P&P
A good example of a Wilkinson infantry officer's sword, the blade being made in 1887 for a high-ranking named officer, which was subsequently updated with the 1895 pattern hilt when the regulations changed. The officer in question was Brigadier-General Aubrey Gordon Pritchard C.M.G. (1869-1943). He was initially commissioned to the 3rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, but transferred to the Connaught Rangers on 21 Dec 1889. He later switched to cavalry, joining the 2nd Bengal Lancers, but was then attached to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during WW1. The sword shows signs of service sharpening and was likely carried in WW1, as well as earlier. The blade is in overall good condition, with clear etching and a pleasing patina. It is solid in the hilt. The hilt is also in overall good condition, with the only defect of note being the thinner strands of wire missing to the grip. Otherwise it is all complete and solid. The field service scabbard is present, but has shrunk in length by about an inch, leaving it slightly too short for the sword. I feel that this is the original scabbard as it otherwise fits so well - it may be possible to expand the leather with treatment. So this is a good Wilkinson sword, bags of research potential and in nice overal condition.
Additional note: This sword came associated with a 1908 pattern cavalry sword, with an early date of 1911. It is somewhat possible that this cavalry sword belonged to Pritchard as well, and was used during his time with the Bengal Lancers. The 1908 will be for sale soon also.

£595 + P&P

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A good quality Victorian infantry officer's sword, featuring the pre-1892 type of blade, updated to the new regulation 1895 hilt, retailed by Hamburger & Rogers. This is a really clean sword in general - the 1845 pattern blade is bright and clean with crisp etching. The 1895 pattern hilt is equally clean, though could be even further improved with cleaning. The shagreen grip and wire is all present. The scabbard is present and fits well. One flaw and something to be aware of is that the tang nut seems to have been tampered with. The hilt assembly seems solid, but there is a slight gap between the tang nut and the pommel cap, so that may require attention. Or it could be left as it is, as everything seems tight at the moment. This highlight of this sword is really the blade, which is very nice.

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A lovely big sized (35 inch blade) Royal Artillery officer's sword, by Wilkinson, to a named high-ranking officer dating to 1879. The blade also features the initals and crest and together with the Wilkinson ledger entry these identify the original owner as Maurice Morgan Morris. Morris commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1879 (Lieut. July 1879, Capt Dec 1887, Maj Sept 1897) and by 1902 was the Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Hong Kong. There is undoubtedly a lot of interesting research to be done on Morris and his career in the Far East. The sword is overall in clean and bright condition with some cosmetic flaws here and there. The blade is mostly bright, with crisp deep etching, but there is a little localised pitting here and there, with a couple of little notches in the blade edge. The blade is straight and solid in the hilt, and seems to show signs of having been service sharpened perhaps. The hilt is in solid condition, with a surprisingly clean and bright surface to the steel parts. The silver grip wire is all in place, but the shagreen grip covering is rather rubbed near the pommel - due to years of wear in service. The tang nut has a chip taken out of it, though the nut remains secure on the thread and the hilt is all tight. No scabbard unfortunately. A lovely big sword by Wilkinson, in good overall condition and to an interesting officer.

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An attractive mid-Victorian light cavalry officer's sword in very good condition. This sword has no maker, retailer or other identifying marks, but it is in very nice condition, having a bright blade in original polish, with deep and crisp etching, featuring the usual VR monogram in a somewhat more angular form than usual (which may indicate Solingen manufacture). The hilt and scabbard are both in nice unpitted condition also, with even grey patina. The blade is solid in the hilt. The shagreen grip is in very good condition and the grip wire is tight. A nice solid and clean example of the type.

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A very attractive French naval cutlass, 1833 model, dated to 1849. This example is clearly marked on the spine of the blade as having been made in the government arms making centre of Chatellerault in 1849, so that places it right in the Crimean War and Anglo-French invasion of China era. The blade is lovely and bright, with the anchor engraving clear to both sides, as well as small acceptance stamps at the base of the blade and manufacture engraving to the spine. The hilt is in very nice condition, featuring the narrower symmetrical guard without the large side-wing than many have. The hollow metal grip and solid guard are a little bit lose on the tang, though secure - I presume it would be possible to tighten those up with some careful peening, but I have left as-is.

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A top quality Wilkinson 1897 pattern infantry officer's sword with the rare Patent Solid Hilt full width tang and officer's initials to the blade. The sword is numbered 41147 which the Wilkinson ledger dates to 1906. The sword is in very good condition with the blade bright and with only a few patches of corrosion. The etching is clear and precise and has the Edward VII cypher, the Wilkinson hexagonal 'best quality' proof slug, the crest of the Durham Light Infantry and the initials GH meaning it will be researchable (not researched yet). Interestingly, the blade has been finely service sharpened for 17” on the front edge and 5” on the back edge, which suggests that, despite the predominantly thrusting nature of the 1892 style blade, the owner wanted to be able to cut as well. The guard has an even patina and is in good condition, as is the grip, which retains the majority of its wire. Sadly the scabbard has lost the middle section of its leather covering, but the wooden core is unbroken and solid. The Durham Light Infantry was involved in many major battles of the First World War winning 67 battle honours and 6 Victoria crosses. A sword of the best fighting quality money could buy at the time and with lots of research potential.

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An early 1822 British Infantry officers sword with a beautiful delicate gothic hilt. The hilt is in very good condition, retaining a fair amount of its gilt and all its wiring and shagreen. The folding guard is slightly stiff and does not fully fold down. The pipeback blade is firm with no rattles but, in contrast to the excellent condition of the guard, is heavily patinated with some heavy pitting especially at the tip - hence the price. A makers or retailers name can just be seen out and the word ‘Eton’ presumably a retailer or cutlers based there. No scabbard, which probably explains the condition of the blade.

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A 1796 light cavalry troopers pattern sabre made by the famous maker Wooley & Deakin. The grip is missing its leather wrap and has a cracked core, but is still firm on the blade. The hilt itself is relatively sound with even light pitting and no visible unit markings. The 32” blade has remarkably little staining or pitting and is sharp, with a few notches along its length. It has a very slight set indicating it may have lost some of its temper. There is a crown inspection mark over an 11 near the base. It retains its scabbard, which is heavily pitted and has lost one of its rings, and its throat screws - but is sound overall. An iconic and highly desirable British sword of the Napoleonic period with a price reflecting the condition.

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A WW1 era (George V) Royal Artillery officer's sword, by Wilkinson, with the 'best quality' hexagonal slug and etching. This sword came to me with quite a rusty hilt, but after cleaning it still has most of the nickel plating and could certainly be cleaned up further. In contrast, the blade is in absolutely superb condition, with only one stain to note near the tip (which should be possible to polish out). The mirror polish and grey frost-etching still looks almost like new. The blade is rock solid in the hilt and the hilt retains a good shape. The shagreen grip and silver wire are in good condition and the scabbard is present. Despite being numbered and recorded in the Wilkinson ledger (for 1917), unfortunately there is no name recorded against this sword. Wilkinson's best quality, makes the modern equivalents look like toys.

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A private-purchase naval cutlass. These are rather enigmatic swords, whose purpose is uncertain - I have only ever seen four of them. The prevailing theory is that they were made for yachts and other private sea craft to carry for self defence. The design is very pleasing, featuring a light but sturdy 24 inch blade (which in this case has been sharpened and remains sharp), mounted with a brass shell guard and backstrap. The wooden grip would originally have been leather covered and wire-bound, but is bare wood now. The blade is solid in the hilt and this is a really nice handy little sword. If I didn't already have another then I would probably keep this. Perfect for small boat defence (historically of course)!

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A highly unusual and non-regulation infantry officer's sword, featuring a 1796 light cavalry sabre blade and 1822-style infantry officer's hilt, with elaborate bone grip. I have not been able to pin down the likely provenance of this sword, but it is clearly made in British style (and with what appears to be an actual 1796 light cavalry sabre blade) mounted for an infantry officer. But where the crowned emblem normally is on the guard, there is instead an emblem I have not been able to identify. The bone grip is very nicely carved and clearly some considerable thought an effort went into assembling this piece - I suspect for a British officer serving in India or suchlike. The blade has dark patina, but is in good condition and solid in the hilt. The hilt is also in good condition with even patina, unpolished. The bone grip is solid and also in very good shape. The folding 'drop' on the side of the guard is intact and operates, though there is no spring, so it is therefore rather floppy. A highly unusual sword, with research potential, and the full size and weight of a 1796 light cavalry sabre.

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A late-Victorian officer's sword and field scabbard with a fascinating history, marked to Hodson's Horse. Infantry officer's blade, by Wilkinson, on a post-1896 cavalry officer's hilt. The sword was originally that of Captain (later Colonel) Albert Edward Whistler, which he bought from Wilkinson in 1888, in preparation for his promotion to the rank of Captain in the Bengal Infantry (later Bengal Staff). The sword ordered was originally a 'full infantry' model, that being at the time the 1854 pattern brass-hilted infantry officer's sword, in full size at 1 1/18" by 33" (the 'medium infantry' was 1" wide). Albert Edward Whistler experienced an interesting career, serving in the Egyptian campaign of 1882 and Burma in 1885-87, but this sword's history did not stop with him. Albert Edward Whistler had several children, among them General Sir Lashmer Gordon Whistler GCB, KBE, DSO, one of Montgomery's leading infantry officers of WW2. Another of Albert's sons was Aubrey Rivett Whistler, who passed through Sandhurst in 1914, joining the Royal Fusiliers in 1915 and then in 1916 joined the Xth Duke of Cambridge's Own Lancers (Hodson's Horse). Aubrey stayed with Hodson's Horse after WW1 and retired in 1923. Arthur Edward Whistler obviously gave this 1888-dated sword to his son (which may have already been re-hilted with the newer 1895 or 1897 pattern hilt by that point), but either Arthur or Aubrey had the blade re-mounted with the 1896 pattern cavalry officer's hilt, also getting the blade re-etched (almost certainly by Wilkinson) to show the Hodson's Horse regimental marking and the GRI monarch's monogram instead of what must have been VR originally. Aubrey Rivett Whistler saw a lot of active service throughout WW1, first with the Royal Fusiliers and then with Hodson's Horse, both in the Middle East against the Turkish Empire, and in France against the Germans. The sword is a lovely example, being in overall good condition, the blade bright and etching clear, with only some little blemishes. The blade has been service sharpened, of course, and remains quite sharp thanks to the wood and leather field scabbard, which is in good condition. The hilt is solid on the tang and in good condition, with a bright guard and backstrap showing much original plating, the shagreen and silver grip wire all being prevent. A wonderful sword and a fantastic history, with lots more detailed research to do. The sale included an electronic copy of the Wilkinson sale record.

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A superior quality and rare Georgian officer's smallsword/courtsword, intended to be worn with 'Windsor Uniform', as George III was pictured in. This type of sword was worn by high-ranking British officers in the Napoleonic era, when serving in court or on State occasions (thanks to Georgian sword expert David Critchley for helping to identify this). The motto on the blade 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' relates to the Knights of the Garter, so the original owner was presumably a member. The sword is overall in very nice condition, with a copper-alloy gilded hilt, with a high percentage of the original gilding remaining. It once had a knucklebow, but this has been deliberately and well removed - at first I did not notice it had ever had one. The hole for the bottom of the knucklebow is visible in the side of the pommel. The pommel turns on the tang, but the hilt is actually tight on the hilt, with barely any movement. The blade is in very nice condition, straight and mostly bright, with clear engraving. The hilt, as mentioned, is in superb condition, even having the original and very elaborate wire grip covering with 'turks heads' knots, entirely complete and tight. A very nice sword which feels nice in the hand. If the knucklebow were still present (even though apparently removed deliberately), I would be asking considerably more for this piece.

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A nice example of a Victorian artillery officer's sword, 1821 pattern, with an officer's name to the scabbard. This sword is well made, probably by Mole or Reeves according to the etching, but not marked definitively. The blade is in nice condition with a lot of bright polish remaining, good frost etching and only a few little patches of light staining and tiny bits of pitting here and there. Overall, the blade is clean and very good for its age - it is solid in the hilt. The hilt is in good condition, free of bends or cracks, with all the shagreen and grip wire. The hilt could benefit from further cleaning to the hilt bars and backstrap, which would be an easy and worthwhile job. When initially cleaning this sword I found that the officer had scratched their name on both sides of the scabbard, just under the frog attachment - it reads "Cotton RFA", so the officer should be identifyable through Hart's Army Lists, to the Royal Field Artillery. I have not researched him though.

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A rare early 1908 pattern cavalry sword, by the Wilkinson Sword Company, dated to 1909. These rare early pre-1911 examples have black Gryphonite grips, rather than the more common brown grips seen on later examples. The sword bears Enfield acceptance/test marks, as well as WSC (Wilkinson Sword Co.) to the hilt. The spine of the blade is marked '08 (for 1908 pattern) and one side of the blade gives the year of manufacture as 1909. The scabbard is marked to 1911, so was probably switched during its service life. There is a chance that this sword belonged to Brigadier-General Aubrey Gordon Pritchard C.M.G. mentioned below (who briefly served in the Bengal Lancers), as these two swords came from the same estate (though there is no way of proving an association unfortunately). Some officers adopted these 1908 patterns before the officer's version came out in 1912. The sword itself is in solid condition, with no movement anywhere at all. It could benefit greatly from further cleaning, as it came to me very grubby. The blade is straight and sound, though with areas of surface pitting. It has one line across the forte which at first sight looks like a crack (see photos) but actually appears just to be a weird corrosion line. The hilt is solid and the black Gryphonite grip is in fairly good condition, with scuffs and knocks you would associate with active service (the blade is service sharpened). The pommel is secure. The scabbard is in quite good conditoon. This is a rare sword which could be greatly improved with a bit more cleaning.

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An 1822 pattern infantry sergeant's sword, by Mole of Birmingham, with modern alterations. This sword is in fundamentally very good condition and probably dates to around the 1860s, owing to the quill-pointed blade. However it has had the tip of the blade reshaped (though the blade is still 31 inches, which is practically original length and longer than some sergeants' swords) and the hilt has been dismounted and remounted to add new grip wire. The end result however is solid - the bright blade is straight and solid in the hilt, nearly all of the shagreen is remaining to the grip and the brass hilt is in good shape. Priced according to the fact that it has been altered, but with a little work to shape the blade tip this could be a presentable piece by a good maker.

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A light cavalry officer's sword, with the officer's initials to the blade. This sword would be in nice condition, if it weren't for a patch of fairly heavy pitting on the blade (see photos). The sword is of large proportions, but nicely balanced and of good quality (though I cannot identify the maker). The blade, apart from the area of pitting, is in nice condition, with clear and detailed etching. The blade is solid in the hilt. The hilt is of a shape generally indicating a mid-Victorian date, perhaps the 1850s or 1860s. The shagreen grip covering and wire is all intact and in nice condition. Priced due to the area of pitting - a good sword otherwise. No scabbard.

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A nice early-19th century hanger. This is a good solid example, with the original scabbard (though that is missing the brass end mounting unfortunately. These sorts of hangers are often labelled as being for customs officials, or coast guards, or occasionally artillery, garrisons and suchlike, but they seem to have been used by all sorts of different services. They seem to have mostly been made in the Napoleonic era, but then were used in various capacities for much of the 19th century. They are in essence cutlasses, with a guard that makes them more conventient to wear.  This example has a nice robust blade, with the usual combination of ribbed cast iron grip and brass knucklebow. The scabbard is a real bonus and these are usually lost.

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An infantry officer's sabre of the Napoleonic period, inspired by the 1796 light cavalry sabre. This sword, with its 28 inch blade, was probably made for an infantry officer serving in India and features a light double-fullered blade in the 1796 light cavalry sabre style, with associated stirrup knucklebow guard. The grip, of white bone, is of a type associated with Indian service - perhaps East India Company. Everything is tight and solid on this sword and the blade is really light and relatively sharp still. No scabbard - this would have been of leather with iron fittings probably. A fairly rare type of sword.

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An 1853 pattern cavalry trooper's sword, probably private purchase. This type are generally better constructed than the typical War Department marked ones, having slightly more intricate guards, being slightly lighter and usually having better chequering on the grips. Some examples are etched to Parker, Field & Sons, which may indicate private purchase for officers, or mounted police, or perhaps for yeomanry regiments. This example has no markings and no scabbard, with very light pitting to all the steel parts. However it is solid, straight, the guard is without bends and the leather grips retain nice sharp chequering. This is a nice sword in the hand, feeling like a proper fighting weapon, and could be cleaned up further.

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An African dagger. Date and origin unknown.

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An old Nepalese or Indian kukri with elaborate decoration. Unknown age, but probably pre-WW2. The blade has some strange crackling in the surface (pictured), but the whole thing is solid. An unusual presentation piece.

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A rare transitional type of Royal Navy officer's sword, from around 1846. In 1846 Royal Navy officers' swords changed from a pipe-back quill-pointed blade, to a spear-pointed fullered blade designed by Henry Wilkinson. However this blade combines features of both blade types, with a fullered blade and quill-pointed tip. It is therefore likely to date to the few years around that change over, putting it in a really interesting period for Navy history. It is of slightly smaller than average size, with a 28 inch blade and it quite dainty. The condition is very good overall - the blade is bright and the etching is faint, though mostly visible. The hilt is in good condition, with the shark skin and grip wire, though there is a little movement in the guard. The folding guard flap operates well and stays in place. The scabbard is in good condition for the age, with a couple of cracks in the leather - one which could do with a repair. The scabbard throat has initials on it, presumably for the officer - they seem to be M.R. A rare sword in good condition.

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An infantry officer's sword, 1897 pattern, dating to George V's reign, by Edward Thurkle/J R Gaunt & Son, in immaculate condition (modern parade standard). This sword is top quality, from a contemporary rival of Wilkinson, and has been professionally refurbished to modern parade standard. This could be used by a serving officer. These WW1-era swords are considerably better made than the modern versions and the difference in quality is easy to see and feel. The field scabbard is also in good condition. The blade is in bright mirror polish, with crisp frost etching, solid in the hilt. The hilt has been re-plated and is in perfect condition, with all the shagreen and grip wire. Cheaper than a modern version and better made!

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A Victorian era sword of unknown association, in rather sorry condition. The crown on the hilt indicates British service of some kind, but I don't know what BP stands for - Bombay Police or suchlike, perhaps. The sword is essentially a Rifles officer's sword, but it has been very rusty, leading to a brown surface all over and medium pitting. The grip is not bad, having about 85% of the shagreen and all the grip wire. The scabbard is slightly too short for the blade, so either it has been shortened for some reason, or it's the wrong scabbard - it has also had suspension rings brazed on. Overall, this is potentially an interesting sword but in poor condition and priced accordingly.

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A late Victorian infantry officer's sword, featuring a pre-1892 blade by top maker Edward Thurkle, with the officer's initials etched, and a post-1897 Victorian hilt update. The officer was Colonel Arthur Seymour Holland Teed, of various regiments (infantry and cavalry), including the 14th Murray's Jat Lancers, Bengal Lancers etc. Teed served in the Boxer Rebellion (where he was slightly injured and mentioned in dispatches) and WW1. The blade is in superb condition, with very crisp etching and a lot of original polish. The hilt and scabbard nickel plating has crazed with age, but is overall pretty good and could be polished up. The hilt is solid on the tang and the shagreen and grip wire are very good. An unusual feature of this sword is that the backstrap, while fully chequered as per the 1895 changes, is less straight and more rounded than normal, having a somewhat older shape in general. A very nice named sword, to an interesting officer with lots of research potential.br>
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An 1853 pattern cavalry trooper's sword, marked to the 3rd Hussars on both hilt and scabbard. This is a good solid example of the type. The blade is quite clean, with some areas of very light pitting and staining, together with a lot of bright surface remaining - the blade could certainly be cleaned up more, but I have left it alone. The hilt is in good shape, with the guard being a pleasing dark brown colour and the leather of the grips retaining light chequering and being firmly attached to the tang. Overall, a nice example of a pattern that is getting harder to source, with regimental markings. This sword may well have been used by the regiment for 20 years (the 1853 pattern was in use from 1854 until well into the 1870s and even 1880s in some cases).

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A nice clean example of a Victorian Rifle Volunteers officer's sword, retailed by Nodder of Liverpool. This probably dates to the 1860-1880 period and this model of sword was offered for sale to officers of the Rifle Volunteer movement from 1859 onwards. This example has a clean blade with some patina, clear and deep etching, marked Rifle Volunteers, as well as having Victoria's monogram. The steel hilt is solid on the tang and the shagreen and grip wire are in good condition. The steel scabbard is also clean and in good condition.

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A mid-Victorian infantry officer's sword, by Buckmaster. Buckmaster used superior etching, deep and unusually detailed, and that is in evidence here, on a lovely blade with a lot of original mirror polish remaining. The brass scabbard indicates that this officer rose to the rank of Major or higher. The scabbard has had a repair during its lifetime (brass scabbards are quite easy to break by sitting on them or coming off a horse!). The hilt is in as nice condition as the blade, with good shape and firm on the hilt (the tiniest movement in the guard, but the grip is solid). The leather washer is still there. The shagreen and grip wire is very good, with just one strand of wire missing.

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A Georgian 1796 pattern light cavalry trooper's sabre, with regimental marking, by top maker Osborn. This example has been either slightly shortened, or was originally made slightly shorter than standard, having a 29 inch blade. This seems very deliberate, but the reason is unknown - perhaps for a shorter/younger trooper, such as a musician, who were often teenage boys - 29 inches was also a common length for infantry officer's sabres of the time, so another possibility is that it was repurposed as an infantry officer's fighting sword. The regimental marking of CD might indicate a dragoons regiment, or perhaps something else - I don't know. Below it is what might be an armour rack number or a trooper number. Osborn's name is clearly visible to the spine. The leather washer is still present, but as this has shrunk with age, it has left the hilt a little loose on the tang. However it is secure, being securely riveted at the pommel and through the grip. The blade has been sharpened and remains somewhat sharp. Lack of scabbard and length reflected in the price.

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