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A good example of the famous 1908 pattern cavalry sword, dated to WW1 and service sharpened. This sword has a maker's name I don't recognise (due to volume of production many small companies started making weapons to Government specification in WW1), the blade carries three Government inspection stamps from Enfield, the War Department arrow of acceptance into service and the manufacture date of 4/16 (April 1916). Together with the service sharpening, this means that it certainly saw active service in WW1. The scabbard is in quite decent condition and the leather washer is in place. The hilt is solid and the vulcanite grip is in good condition. A nice honest example of a sword which is decreasing in availability and increasing in value every year.

499 + P&P NEW
A very attractive and unusual Rifles officer's sword, to the South Indian Railways Rifle Volunteers, sold by Hobson & Sons, made by quality maker Pillin of London. This sword must date to 1892-1901 and is in very nice condition, with a bright blade, all the dark shark skin and silver grip wire, a bright guard and the leather-covered wooden field scabbard has been lacquered. Pillin's etching is very distinctive and although seeming quite faint in photos is very crisp and precise. Everything is tight and solid. A nice sword with potential for some interesting research - due to the specific nature of the unit and timeframe, it might be possible to ascribe to an individual.

375 + P&P NEW
A Victorian 1897 pattern infantry officer's sword, retailed by Milton & Jones. This sword must date to 1897-1901 and is in reasonable condition. The hilt was obviously originally browned (like a gun barrel) and about 50% of this remains, the rest of the hilt having been buffed to steel. The attractive VR cypher is crisp on the guard and the whole hilt is solid, with all the shark skin and most of the grip wire remaining. The blade is very bright with a lot of original polish remaining, with crisp frost etching decoration. The scabbard has suffered and lost nearly all the leather covering, but the wood, the metal fittings and the leather frog remain.

225 + P&P NEW
A project sword. This 1853 pattern cavalry trooper's sword would make a good project for someone either looking for a restoration project or something to sharpen up and cut with. It has pitting all over from rust and the original leather grips have perished and been replaced by leather-covered wooden slabs. There are no visible markings due to the pitting. However it is solid, with no movement anywhere, it has all the bars of the guard in place without cracks and the blade is straight and complete. Therefore it could make a DIY project for relatively little cost and a decent end result. And who knows, it just might have been carried in the Charge of the Light Brigade!!

150 + P&P NNEW - Reserved
An 1821 pattern (post-1845) sergeant's sword, by Robert Mole of Birmingham. This is clearly a sergeant's sword, as it has crown inspection marks from Birmingham inspectors on a plain blade, with officer's style hilt, but whether it's for cavalry or artillery, I do not know. My guess would be Royal Horse Artillery, but there are no regimental markings to indicate as far as I can see. This is a nice sword that could benefit from some cleaning - it has a few bits of silver plaint remaining on the hilt which should be cleaned off and both hilt and scabbard have some pitting. But overall it's in nice condition, all solid and tight, with good shark skin and grip wire. The blade is very clean and quite bright, with clear markings. Not a common sword and a premier maker.br>
299 + P&P NEW
  A rare and desirable Royal Engineers sword, by Wilkinson to a named officer with interesting career, re-hilted to the 1897 pattern with an older (1872) blade. The officer this sword seems to have belonged to, from the date of the blade and initials on it (CHD) must be Charles Henry Darling, who joined the Royal Engineers in 1872. According to Hart's Army Lists he served in Afghanistan 1879-80, Egypt in 1882, was present at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir, and also served in the Sudan Campaign of 1885, with medals for all of the above! His Wilkinson blade would originally have been mounted on the 1857 pattern brass Engineers hilt, but when the Royal Engineers switched to the new 1897 pattern hilt, Darling followed suit. The sword itself is in pretty good condition. The hilt and scabbard are nickel plated and most of the plating remains, with just small rust spots here and there, which should be dealt with. The blade is in really great condition, bright and clean, with just a few patches of pitting and clear etching. It has been well service sharpened. Royal Engineers swords are quite uncommon, Wilkinson ones are even rarer, ones with such an interesting history as this are very rare.

A nice big 1821 pattern heavy cavalry officer's sword (post-1845 type blade), in need of some attention. This sword seems to be fairly early to me - probably 1850s or 1860s - but the maker/retailer's name is very faint and I cannot read it. It seems to be a London address though. The blade is bright, though could do with gentle cleaning, the etching quite faint. The blade is service sharpened extensively and it still quite sharp - it is also solid in the hilt. The hilt is overall in solid condition, but the guard requires cleaning, as it has some active surface rust. The grip is in really good condition, with basically all the shark skin and grip wire. The scabbard is in decent condition, just with a few dings and in need of a clean. Overall a good sword and a nice little project to add value.

350 + P&P NEW
An attractive 1827 pattern Royal Navy officer's sword from between 1827 and 1846 (when the blade type changed). This early example features the attractive pipe-back and quill-pointed blade. The blade itself is in good condition, straight and solid in the hilt, with a bright surface. It has some pitting at the tip end (see photos) and the etching is almost invisible now, as it often is with this blade type. The hilt is in good condition overall, with a slightly bent rear quillon and a bash to the backstrap, however the white shark skin grip and wire are in great condition for the age. The lion pommel is in crisp condition and somewhat unusually for this sword type, the whole hilt assembly is tight, without movement. No scabbard.

275 + P&P NEW
  An 1821 Wilkinson Royal Artillery sword of the Vivian family of Anglesey. The initials CPV probably refer to Claud Panton Vivian, captain in the Royal Horse Artillery in the Second World War who died of wounds received in Normandy in 1944. The sword is best quality Wilkinson and is a high quality sword but has sadly been allowed to rust at some point in its life. The 34 blade is numbered 68028 dating it to 1939 and has Made In England on the spine. There is a lot of staining on the blade (although very little pitting) and the plating on the hilt has come away in places. The scabbard is in good condition.

  An 1796 pattern light cavalry troopers sword by Osborn. The magnificent blade is in excellent condition considering the age of the sword with some slight staining but no pitting. There is a crown inspection mark heavily stamped at the base. The hilt has been re-gripped at some point (seemingly a long time ago from the patina) and the leather is worn by age, with some missing wire. The hilt furniture is pitted and there are no obvious markings. The massive scabbard is pitted and stained but is sound. 

  A desirable and rare 1892 pattern patent solid hilted infantry officer's sword, by Wilkinson, numbered 32961 (for early 1895). This sword is especially rare because, aside from being the full-width tang version (patent solid hilt), it features the 1854 style hilt and 1892 blade, which were only used in combination between 1892 and 1895. This must have been one of the last one's made, before the switch was made to the 1895 pattern steel hilt. This sword is unresearched, but looks like it has been carried in service for a while and is marked VRI for an officer serving in India. The grip wire appears to have been replaced, the etching is rather faint on the blade due to cleaning, there are some areas of pitting and there is no scabbard - hence the price. However this is a highly desirable sword and may be very interesting to research, being a numbered Wilkinson.

495 + P&P NEW
An 1854 pattern infantry officer's sword, marked to quality outfitters Hobson & Sons, with a proof slug showing it was probably made by top maker Pillin. The blade also has the officer's initials, so it may be possible to identify who carried it. Overall the sword is in solid condition, though the blade has mottled areas of patina and pitting. The etching however remains pretty clear and the blade is straight and solid in the hilt. The hilt is in quite good condition, with most of the shark skin and grip wire, and the brass parts of the hilt are solid and in decent shape. The scabbard is in reasonable condition. Overall this is a good sword and would reward some TLC.

299 + P&P
An interesting Victorian infantry officer's sword with heraldic crest to a named officer (Morton Calverley Coles of the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment of Foot), by Wilkinson. The blade dates to 1884 (numbered 25758) and the hilt was updated to meet the new regulations in 1895 (it would have been an 1854 pattern brass hilt when first made). The condition of the sword itself is average - on one hand it has bits of loss to the shagreen, the tip of the blade is quite pitted, it has a little rust damage here and there and overall could do with some TLC. On the other hand, the sword is solid and sound, the blade tight in the tang and well service sharpened, the grip wire is all there and the blade is in pretty good condition overall with clear etching. The scabbard is present, but in a sorry state and in need of repair. The overall condition is reflected in the price, but the sword is top quality Wilkinson and identifyable to an officer and therefore a service history. An electronic copy of the Wilkinson ledger is included in the price and verifies the officer (cross-verified by the heraldic crest which relates to the Coles family).

299 + 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

A rare 17th century kattara sword from Oman. These are a very characteristic style of sword that trace their design back into the middle ages. This example is all solid, but has suffered all over pitting from rust. The rust has been cleaned a bit and stabilised, but further work could greatly improve the appearance. This sword is nevertheless solid and complete, with some small amount of damage to the tip and a small hole in the pommel. It's not often you can get a sword this old this cheaply!

250 + P&P NNEW - Reserved 
  A highly rare and desirable Indian large shield (18th or 19th century), made of hide. These don't come up for sale very often. This example is a bit warped, but retains most of its original domed form. The black hide - perhaps buffalo - retains a nice black surface colour and texture. The original handle straps are still intact. All four grip bosses are still solid and secure (these often fall off with age and abuse). Each of the metal fitting on the surface is intricately decorated (see photos), but it has been covered with some kind of varnish which is obscuring this decoration - this should be carefully cleaned off with a chemical remover, but I have left as found. A real gem - large ones like this (26 inches or thereabouts) are really hard to find in the UK, especially in this condition.br>
395 + P&P NEW