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A nice example of a 1796 pattern light cavalry trooper's sabre by Dawes of Birmingham. There is no scabbard with this one and there are a few cosmetic issues - there is light pitting all over the hilt, the grip leather is dry a bit brittle and has some loss and there are some woodworm holes in the grip (not affecting anything structural as far as I can tell). However, the blade is in nice shape, with clear maker's mark and approval stamp, and unusually the hilt is solid on the tang (they normally get a loose guard when the leather washer contracts with age). This is good solid example of the type, of this ever-popular and increasingly difficult to source pattern of sword. Feels great in the hand and is a joy to move around.


A George V era Royal Artillery officer's sword of good quality. The proof slug suggests that this is the work of the revived Reeves company after it was resurrected by Wilkinson. Certainly the quality is top level. The blade is in good condition and mostly bright, with quite faint etching and some dark staining in areas. It is solid in the hilt. The guard and backstrap are in very nice condition and finish, being bright and plated. The shagreen is also very good, though the thinnest strands of the silver grip wire have gone. Everything is solid - no scabbard.

£275 + P&P NEW
A Victorian 1822 pattern infantry officer's sword, dating to between 1837-1845. The blade in reasonable condition, but with no visible etching left (this is normally very light on pipebacks). The hilt is a little loose on the tang, due to the loss of the leather washer. The hilt in quite good condition, with all the shagreen and grip wire. No scabbard.

£195 + P&P NEW
A special and rare 1892 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Wilkinson and made for an interesting and high-ranking officer of the Connaught Rangers. This is a great sword, being an 1892 pattern makes is rare to start with, as they were only produced for 3 years, but it is also a top quality Wilkinson. It is in really nice condition and service sharpened, but the best part is the provenance. This sword was made for Frederick Joseph Byrne (later Colonel) as noted on the Wilkinson ledger (scan included in the sale) and the blade is etched with his initials 'F. J. B'. Byrne was born in Londonderry, Ireland, on 20 September 1873, the son of J. A. Byrne, F.R.C.S.I. He was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion Connaught Rangers on 17 December 1892, made Lieutenant in April 1894 and Captain in July 1900. He served as Adjutant from April 1902 to March 1905 and was promoted to Major in November 1911. He retired on 4 March 1914. The Connaught Rangers were not employed in India, but Byrne was one of five officers from the regiment that were attached to the Royal Irish Regiment for service on the North West Frontier of India from 1897-98 and in operations on the Samana (this presumably explains the sword being service sharpened and this was pretty certainly the sword he carried on campaign then). When WW1 started shortly after he had retired, Byrne quickly rejoined the regiment and served from August 1914 to February 1919. He was employed in the Department of the Master-General of Ordnance as Deputy Assistant Director and served in Russia. Byrne was twice mentioned in despatches, was awarded the C.M.G. in 1917 and rose to the rank of Colonel in 1919.
The sword is in good overall condition - there are some very minor nicks to the cutting edge, there is one strand of wire missing from the grip and the brass guard is a little bit bent in one area. Otherwise it is in great condition and a fantastic example of the pattern - the blade is quite bright, with minimal patina for the age and with deep crisp etching, solid in the hilt. The brass of the hilt is in good general shape and with minimal wear. The shagreen is pretty much perfect and the grip wire is 95% perfect. The scabbard has patina expected of the age and is in good shape. I have never seen another 1892 pattern as desirable as this one.

£1,195 + P&P NEW
A top quality and sought-after pre-numbered Wilkinson Royal Artillery officer's sword. Being pre-numbered means this was made by Wilkinson between 1845 and 1854, which places it around the time of some very interesting conflicts. Pre-numbered Wilkinsons are not frequently encountered and this is a very nice piece in good condition generally. There is a tiny bit of loss to the shagreen at the fringes, but the silver grip wire is in place and tight. The metal of the hilt is in good order and bright. The hilt is solid on the tang. The lovely big blade features very detailed etching, which is rubbed smooth in some areas (including where the maker's name is on the ricasso - but we know it is Wilkinson from the proof slug and etching style). The blade seems to have been service sharpened and has a few nicks in the cutting edge (pictured). A lovely sword from a fascinating period, by the most sought-after maker. Could very well have seen some interesting service.

£795 + P&P NEW
  An enigmatic 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's type sword. This is not an officer's sword, as it has a leather grip, a plan un-etched blade (both which can be found on officer's swords occasionally), but the real clincher is that  the guard has engraved regimental numbers on it - so this was a regimentally owned sword, not a private purchase. The blade is slightly shorter than normal, at 33 inches, so I feel that this is probably a special regimental pattern for one of the Indian cavalry regiments - or if not that then perhaps a specially ordered sword for a Non-Commissioned Officer. I can see no WD, BO or ISD stamps. Everything is rock solid and most of the leather of the grip is present. Overall an unusual sword with research potential, probably dating to around 1830-60, in sound condition.

£350 + P&P
  [Updated description with thanks to Craig Hooper for new info]
An 1853 pattern cavalry sword by Mole of Birmingham, marked for the New Zealand 'Armed Constabulary Force' (circa 1870s). This is based on the 1853 pattern cavalry sword of the British Army, but is deliberately made slightly lighter and with a 33 inch blade (instead of the normal 35 inches). Frankly it is also slightly better quality of construction than most 1853 patterns. On the underside of the guard is 'ACF'. This is therefore a very rare sword and also a really nicely made example of the pattern, which feels great in the hand and more nimble than the normally sized version. This example has been very well service sharpened and remains relatively sharp. The leather grips are in great condition, with the tiniest amount of movement only. The blade and guard are quite dark with patina and I have not cleaned them at all - the surface of the steel looks good and this sword could be cleaned up brighter fairly easily.
The Armed Constabulary Force in around 1880:

£595 + P&P
A nice example of a piquet weight 1821 pattern Royal Artillery officer's sword. This is overall in good condition, with a clean blade, crisp etching, a good degree of preservation on the nickel plating to both hilt and scabbard, the shagreen and the grip wire also being good. Only relatively affluent officers tended to buy a second sword of piquet weight for dress, but these were proved blades (as shown by the proof slug) and were occasionally carried on active service. This example could have been made by Mole (not 100% sure, but the proof slug looks rather like a Mole) and probably dates to the 1860-1880 period. 81cm blade.

£345 + P&P
A Victorian 1827 pattern Rifles officer's sword in field service scabbard, retailed by Hobson and blade made by Pillin. This is a good quality sword with a blade in very good condition, featuring a bright surface and clear, crisp etching. The hilt has some cosmetic issues - the guard is okay, but has been over-cleaned at some point in its life, the shagreen and wood grip has a little loss at the pommel end and one strand of the grip wire is missing. The hilt is solid on the tang though and the scabbard is in decent condition - overall a good example of the model, with a very good blade. 83cm blade.

An 1895 pattern infantry officer's sword, dating to between 1895 and 1897. This example is missing its scabbard and in average condition, with some skrinkage and loss to the shagreen. Despite this, the blade is bright, with most of the etching visible and is solid in the hilt. The proof slug may indicate that this was made by Wilkinson for an outfitter, as this was the symbol they used for their trade blades. 1895 pattern swords are not very common, as they were only being made for 2 years.

A rare light cavalry sword, probably made under British contract for the Indian Army, probably during or around the time of the Indian Mutiny. This model of sword turns up in the UK rarely and it is likely that most were made in Solingen, Germany, under British contract to equip loyal or hastily-raised cavalry troops during and after the Mutiny of 1857-58. The blades are basically the same as the 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sword, featuring a pipe-backed blade and narrow quill-point. The hilts are similar to the 1821 pattern, but feature a sprung folding section on the inner guard, to make them more comfortable/convenient to wear. The grips are leather-covered wood. The backstraps are plain, with a rounded pommel. This example is in reasonable condition - it is structurally sound, with everything tight and the spring still functioning perfectly on the guard. It does however have light pitting all over and some small bits of loss to the leather on the grip. A rare sword which is part of the emerging story of British Indian army swords during and after the Indian Mutiny. This example has been service sharpened and retains a relatively sharp edge - it very well could have been carried during the Mutiny.

£350 + P&P

A vintage kris dagger, perhaps Balinese. The hilt and scabbard are intricately and finely carved, the grip is tight on the tang. The blade is pattern welded with starkly contrasting nickel and dark steel, giving a very lively and interesting 'pamor'. Difficult to date, but probably mid-20th century - these are still being made in the same way that they have been for over 200 years.

A rare Hungarian cavalry officer's sword of the mid-19th century. This sword is lovely in the hand and well put together, featuring a pipe-back blade which is adorned with various patriotic motifs and slogans. The four-bar guard is reminiscent of some British and French light cavalry officers' swords and indeed the grip is very British in style, featuring British-style shagreen and grip wire, which are both in good condition. A scarce and very interesting sword, from an interesting period in Hungary's history. No scabbard unfortunately.

An substantial Indian sword, probably of the early-19th century, with a basket hilt and unusual blade shape which is somewhere between a khanda and a sosun pattah. This is a very well constructed sword and very rare - I am uncertain of the dating, but it is probably 19th century, perhaps being earlier. The hilt is of a design which dates back to the 16th century and the blade is single-edged, with a clipped-point. The blade is solid in the hilt and the edge is fine, if not quite sharp to the touch anymore. There is a maker's mark forged into the blade (pictured) which looks to me like Shiva's trident. The hilt is a nice size and I can hold it quite comfortably. This is a very impressive sword in the hand and is very sturdy without being overweight.

£995 + P&P
A Norwegian naval cutlass 'Marine Huggert' M1850, clearly based on the British 1845/1859 pattern. The maker's mark is clearly visible, indicating it was made by the Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk (Kongsberg Arms factory) in Norway. The intials IL are also visible, which indicate the control officer Jens Landmark, who worked at Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk from 11 March 1853 to 1 November 1854*. There is some light pitting, but this is in really good condition for a cutlass of this age and everything is rock solid. This is a substantial model of sword and it is shorter but heavier than the British 1845 pattern.


* Many thanks to Terje Halvorsen for helping me identify this piece.

A late-Victorian infantry officer's sword, dating to before 1892, by Thurkle. This sword needs some attention - the blade needs cleaning and the guard is a little loose. The rest of the hilt seems tight though and the blade has some decent etching on it - Thurkle was a very good maker. The shagreen is in very good condition, though there is a bit of loss to the grip wire. I nice sword for some light restoration.

A Victorian Rifles officer's sword. This has a plain blade, plain proof slug as far as I can see and dark patina to the hilt. The shagreen and grip wire is good and the hilt is solid. No scabbard unfortunately.

A scarce Lead Cutter cutlass by Robert Mole of Birmingham. Lead cutters were used for 'sword feats', as featured in the treatise 'Lessons in Sabre' by John Musgrave Waite. Originally modelled on the 1845 pattern naval cutlass, they went through various evolutions and came in roughly four different sizes. They were predominantly used for tests of skill, cutting triangular-section bars of lead, as well as dead animals (usually sheep). This full-tang type seem to have been around in the c.1890-1910 period and are distinguishable from the earlier versions by having an exposed wide tang, with cast iron grip scales. This example is in superb condition and still quite sharp. The black paint on the hilt is probably original and the makers' mark is very crisp, with the surface of the blade still being bright. This was probably considered a number 2 weight - far from the heaviest or largest, but still much bigger and heavier than a standard cutlass.

A composite French-style smallsword in Napeolonic style. This sword seems to have been reconstructed from parts. The blade seems to be original, as is most of the scabbard (the throat is a replacement). The grip looks to me to be original, but the pommel looks like a replica and I am uncertain about the shell guard and knucklebow. The scabbard leather is worn and clearly old, with a break halfway down, currently disguised by an internal repair made of copper. The end result is a sword that cannot be claimed to be 'original', but contains antique elements and looks like a smallsword of the time of Napoleon. The contruction is all solid, though the grip is at a slight angle to the blade. Feels like an original in the hand.

A lovely and interesting mid-Victorian light cavalry officer's sword, retailed by Hebbert & Co. The specific address given on the ricasso for Hebbert & Co (a quality outfitter) dates this sword to 1850-1864. The proof slug may indicate manufacture by Mole of Birmingham, but I am not certain in this case. The whole sword and scabbard are in good condition. The blade is bright, with clear etching and minimal patina. It is solid in the hilt. The hilt is all in good preservation, with bright steel parts matching the patina of the blade - the shagreen is all present and in good condition, as is the grip wire, featuring a somewhat unusual pattern. The scabbard has a little light pitting, as you'd expect after 150+ years, but is fundamentally also in good condition and perfectly fits the sword and obviously always belonged with it. A very nice cavalry officer's sword of big proportions and from the period of the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny: A proper fighting sword.

A top quality Royal Artillery officer's sword by Pillin, with a superb blade. The blade in original polish and brightness is of the larger size and is very good by any standard. It is solid in the hilt and all the etching is crisp, with only a few little dark marks here and there. The hilt and scabbard have been more exposed to the elements and would benefit from further cleaning. The shagreen is in good condition and the grip wire is nearly 100%, but is a little worn with age. Overall a great sword dating to around 1864-1880, wonderful in the hand and a top quality fighting weapon, with a superb blade.

A private purchase kukri (perhaps for an officer) from around WW2 probably, perhaps a little earlier. It features an attractive green horn grip and very good quality double-fuller blade. Complete with its scabbard (but missing any of the extra tools), this is a really nice piece, with a gorgeous blade. Would benefit from a little light restoration.

  A WW1 era 1908 pattern British cavalry sword, by Wilkinson, marked to the Worcester Yeomanry. Sadly the sword is missing its scabbard, but is in great condition and being well service sharpened I presume it was carried during WW1. The blade is remarkably clean, the Wilkinson name very clear, the sharpening it still crisp, the leather washer is in place. The hilt is in equally good condition, with a smooth un-pitted guard and the chequering on the composition grip still well defined. Everything is tight and solid.


Corporal Dabbs of the Worcester Yeomanry during WW1, with his 1908 pattern secured to the saddle: