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BRITISH EMPIRE SWORDS FOR SALE
EL6023 - A fantastic WW1 Wilkinson Rifles officer's sword and all the associated black Rifles Sam Browne belt and sword frog, in excellent condition. It is rare to be able to get a complete set like this, and the entire set is in very nice condition. The sword ricasso was stamped by the India Stores Depot in 1917 (presumably upon import, as India had strict laws regarding the import of weapons after the 1878 India Arms Act). The blade does have a Wilkinson proof number on the spine, which I have not researched. This sword is Wilkinson's 'best quality' option, with extra etching, a double-proofed blade and the associated hexagonal proof slug. The belt is of superb quality and the leather is still supple after 100 years. Everything is present and correct, the belt being marked to 'Wilkinson Sword Company, London' and the frog suspension belts being marked to 'Watson & Sons, Saddlers, Rangoon'. The sword and scabbard is, in my opinion, in parade condition for a serving officer today (the belt and frog are also, but I would recommend using a modern belt, because obviously this leather is 100 years old and it would be a shame to wear it out). The sword itself is almost perfect, with the exception of a few small stains on the blade and a little pitting in one patch. Everything is solid and the plating of the hilt is all great. The shagreen and grip wire is basically perfect. A really lovely set - black Rifles Sam Browne equipment is significantly harder to find than the normal brown ones and to have period-marked equipment by top level makers, associated with a sword of the same time, is a real find.

995 + P&P NEW
EL6022 - A mysterious Wilkinson cavalry officer's sword. At first sight this is an 1896 pattern cavalry officer's sword (regulation for all cavalry officers between 1896 and 1912), but there are a few things that make it unusual and difficult to date. Firstly, the blade is plain, except for the maker's etching (Wilkinson's), and it has a smooth ricasso (without plunge lines) as found on Patent Solid Hilts. But it has a regular through-tang. These features are sometimes found on custom fighting swords from Wilkinson, which is what I presume this is. The next unusual feature is that the 1821 pattern heavy cavalry scroll hilt features an original leather liner, again implying that this was intended as a service weapon (and indeed the blade was service sharpened). Finally, the proof slug is not Wilkinson's normal one, but rather one of those it used for trade blades, when supplying to an outfitter - and there is no Wilkinson proof number on the spine of the blade (making it unfortunately impossible to identify to a year or buyer). All in all a very nice fighting weapon, but rather a mystery. My educated guess would be that this was a service weapon for an Indian/Indian-serving officer who ordered it through an outfitter in India around WW1, when the 1912 pattern was then official regulation, but many officers continued to order the previous pattern cut and thrust sword because they preferred it. The scabbard is a robust example of a field service scabbard, with fitting for a Sam Browne frog. The condition of the sword is nice overall, but there is an area of notable pitting around the middle of the blade unfortunately. This does not seem to threaten the structural strength of the blade though, and the blade is otherwise bright and still nearly sharp. Everything is solid and tight. The hilt is in nice condition, though the shagreen would benefit from some attention (eg. Vaseline). An enigmatic and good quality fighting sword that feels lovely in the hand.

435 + P&P NEW
EL6011 - An Edward VII period Rifles officer's sword, retailed by Flight of Winchester and with the maker's slug of Pillin. The blade in bright polish with great etching, the thrusting blade of 1892 pattern. The blade has been service sharpened, so may have seen Boer War or WW1 service. Nickel-plated Rifles scabbard with the embled surrounded by a wreath, indicating a specific regiment, though I am uncertain as to which - perhaps 60th KRRC. The shagreen grip is in a bit of a worn state and there is a little bit of loss to the nickel plating of the hilt. Blade firm in the hilt. Field service scabbard in good condition for the age and fits the sword perfectly.

295 + P&P
EL6009 - A rare and top quality regimentally etched sword for an officer of the Royal Fusiliers, by top maker Prosser. That this has a light cavalry style 1821 hilt is most unusual and has a couple of possible explanations. Either the officer wanted a more substantial hilt for better hand protection (we know that these hilts were sometimes used unofficially by Rifles and infantry officers, particularly around the 1840s-50s, from both written records and photographs), or the hilt was later changed because the officer changed regiment (for example joining yeomanry cavalry after retiring from the Royal Fusiliers). In any event, the result is a very attractive and top quality sword, with Prosser's famous pipe-back blade, which has been service sharpened. Given that this blade carries the VR cypher, it must date to 1837-1845 (a new blade type was introduced after that). It is very likely that this blade saw service in the Crimean War and perhaps in India shortly afterwards. Would benefit from some careful cleaning, but a great sword.

595 + P&P - SALE PENDING
EL6003 - A rare variant of the Napoleonic era British infantry officer's spadroon (1796 pattern), featuring a double-edged blade with part flattened-diamond and part hexagonal section blade. The blade engraved with the royal coat of arms and motto, as well as the pledge "For My Country and King" to both sides. Hilt of regulation form, but high quality manufacture, with gilt brass guard and pommel (much gilt remaining) and a silver wire-bound grip which has a flattened front and back, better suited to swordsmanship than the normal oval-section grips. Hilt construction all fairly tight. No scabbard.

695 + P&P - SALE PENDING
EL6001 - A rare 1905 pattern sergeant's sword, by Wilkinson. These were made in small numbers, allegedly using spare blades from 1899 pattern cavalry swords, re-ground to infantry officer size. They feature guards closely modelled on the 1895 pattern infantry officer's sword and very interesting patent solid hilts, with full width tangs and shagreen covered grip slabs secured by rivets. The result is a very robust fighting weapon which sadly came too late to be tested in war. Some light pitting to all steel parts. All very solid and shagreen good. No scabbard.

375 + P&P

OTHER SWORDS AND WEAPONS FOR SALE
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PREVIOUSLY SOLD ITEMS ARCHIVE
  EL6020 - An 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, made by Pillin and retailed by Cutler & Sons of London, with a repaired blade. The is a perfectly decent infantry officer's sword, dating to 1845-60, but at some point in its life the blade was broken near the middle and fixed back together again, in period. I have seen this with a few swords and it was clearly a cost-saving measure for an officer who had suffered an accident and did not imminently need a sword for actual combat. The resulting weapon was perfectly suitable for parade and would serve fine as a display piece now, but would not be trustworthy in combat. For that reason, I have placed the sword in this restoration section. Other than the repaired break, the sword is actually in good condition, with the brass guard and folding drop working perfectly, the shagreen and grip wire are good, the leather washer is still in place and the scabbard is present. It is all a bit dirty and needs a good clean. Priced due to the period repair.

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EL6019 - A lovely example of a Wilkinson infantry officer's sword, dating to 1878 and sold to "A C Godwin" according to the Wilkinson proof book. This seems certain to have been 2nd Lieutenant Alfred Colthurst Godwin, who was commissioned into the Northumberland Fusliers in 1878, but sadly died in Peshawar in 1879. This explains both why the sword is service sharpened (he was on campaign in Afghanistan with his regiment) and also why the sword is in such good condition, considering he only had it for a year before dying. He had apparently been sent back to the hospital in Peshawar, having become ill. The sword itself is lovely, having the original polish remaining and a well service-sharpened edge. There is a dusting of very light surface rust in a few recesses and I would advise careful buffing with cloth to deal with this, given that the original polish is in such good condition. The hilt is pretty much perfect, all solid, the shagreen and grip wire great. A really lovely sword that just needs a tiny bit of cleaning and unfortunately missing the scabbard. Feels great in the hand - great work from Wilkinson as usual.

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EL6021 - An excellent condition example of the 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, retailed by Smith & Son of London. It's not certain who made this, but from the etching style I suspect it is Charles Reeves' work. The sword dates to 1845-1860 and the blade is in superb condition, with almost all of the original mirror polish and frost etching remaining. The hilt is all solid and the hinged drop is working perfectly. The brass scabbard likely indicates that this was for a Major or higher rank field officer.

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EL6018 - A Wilkinson Rifles officer's sword, dating to 1860. The Wilkinson proof book shows that this sword was sold in August 1860 to "H Greatwood", who I have identified as Henry William Francis Greatwood. Greatwood served in the Rifles Volunteers for 18 years, from 1860 to 1878. He started in the 8th Monmouthshire Rifles and ended up in the 1st Devonshire Rifle Volunteers. The sword is a lovely chunky example of Wilkinson's work and despite being for a volunteers officer is every bit as good quality as for a regular army officer. The shagreen and silver grip wire are in great condition, the hilt is solid on the tang. The blade is very dark with patina, but it would probably be possible to buff this a bit brighter if desired. The hilt was probably blued or browned from the outset and has become darker with patina. There is no scabbard unfortunately. A really nice quality sword from the best maker of the day.

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EL6017 - A scarce 1889 pattern infantry sergeant's sword, by Wilkinson. This model of sword is not very frequently encountered and they only seem to have been in production for a few years between 1889 and about 1894. This example is by Wilkinson with copious markings, through which it might be possible to pin down which regiment it was issued to. Unusually, it has been service sharpened, which is rare with sergeants' swords because on active service sergeants normally had rifles and bayonets, but this is very clearly originally service sharpened, so may well have seen service in one of the campaigns of the 1890s, such as South Africa or Afghanistan. The scabbard is missing unfortunately and the blade has quite dark patina, also some wear to the shagreen. Everything is tight and solid and this is a robust sword by the top maker of the day. It should clean up well, as well as providing research possibilities.

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EL6015 - A very nice condition Wilkinson infantry officer's sword dating to 1860, for an identified officer who served through the Crimean War and campaigns in India as part of the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny. This sword was purchased in July 1860 by then Captain Charles Heycock, of the 89th Regiment of Foot. He had gained his commission in 1848, promoted to Lieutenant by purchase in 1851 and Captain by purchase in 1854. He served in the Crimean War from January 1855, including the Siege and Fall of Sebastopol (medal with clasp, 5th Class of the Medjidie and Turkish Medal). He commanded Field Detachments against insurgent Bheels in Guzerat in 1858 and again in operations connected with the pursuit of rebel forces in Rajputan in 1858-59. He retired in 1869. This sword, purchased in 1860, was presumably a replacement for his earlier sword, or swords, but it has been service sharpened nevertheless. It is always interesting to see what sword an officer orders after battlefield experience and this is a good quality fighting weapon. The blade is in excellent condition, as is the hilt. The blade also features Charles Heycock's initials and crest. The hilt and scabbard would benefit from some careful cleaning, but aside for the usual wear to the steel scabbard, there are no imperfections worthy of note. A lovely sword to an interesting officer.

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EL6016 - A late 18th/early 19th century smallsword/courtsword. This is placed in the restoration section because the outer side of the cut steel dish guard has broken off and been lost. The hilt is also a bit loose. Despite these flaws, the sword is otherwise in good condition - the blade is straight and of good quality, being finely hollow-ground and with good temper. The hilt components are all in blackened cut steel and this may have been intended as a 'mourning' sword. The grip is elegantly formed hollow steel and remounting the hilt (either tightening the peen or taking it apart to put a new leather washer in place, which is the reason for the loseness) would not be a difficult undertaking. Note that the outer guard protects the back of a right-handed person's hand, but for a left-hander this guard still provides as much protection as many other court swords. The other hilt components are in great condition.

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EL6014 - A late-Victorian Royal Engineers (Militia) officer's sword and scabbard, with the officer's initials and crest identifying it to a DSO and Legion of Honour winner, who fought in the Second Anglo-Boer War and WW1. The hilt of 1857 Royal Engineers pattern, mounted on a fantastically etched 1845 pattern blade by top maker Pillin (marked to ricasso). The shagreen and wire grip is in excellent condition, although with a little bit of movement on the tang due to the loss of the leather washer. There is a significant amount of original gilding remaining to the hilt, particularly on the inside. The blade has some patina, but is in good condition and the etching is very deep and crisp. The edge is service sharpened, though not really sharp anymore. The scabbard has the usual service-related dents to the lower end. This sword belonged to John Harvey Prior, of the Militia Engineers (Falmouth Division). Prior was born on 14 December 1871 and commissioned into the Militia Engineers in 1893, when this sword must date to. He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1901, being employed as Station Staff Officer from 10 February 1901, and was present in operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899 to 1900, including the actions at Colesberg 1 January to 12 February 1900; operations in the Transvaal, May 1901; operations in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to May 1901. For his services he was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; was awarded the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "John Harvey Prior, Lieutenant, Plymouth Division, Royal Engineers, Submarine Miners (Militia). In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King. As a Major (Temporary Lieutenant Colonel) J H Prior went on to serve in WW1. He was again mentioned in Despatches, and was awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) [London Gazette, 16 September 1918]; "John Harvey Prior, DSO, Royal Engineers, Special Reserve. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action, when he volunteered to attach himself and his company to a battalion which was threatened by an outflanking movement. By his personal courage and excellent handling of his company he was successful in holding the enemy and in assisting the battalion to withdraw at a very critical moment". This is not only a superb sword in its own right, but a wonderful provenance to an obviously heroic officer.

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EL6012 - A Victorian sergeant's sword, with quill-point, circa 1860. These are rarer than officer's swords and this is a very clean example. No visible maker or regimental marks that I can see. Blade bright and clean for the age, as is the hilt, with all the shagreen and wire, together with its correct scabbard also in good condition for the age. A really tidy example of a model of sword that doesn't come around very often. Everything is tight.

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EL6013 - A Rifles officer's sword, with light rust which should be easy to remove. In fact I slightly cleaned off two little areas, once of which I could see had a name, which appears to be R. J. Griffin - I suspect that this is an officer of Rifle Volunteers, somewhere between 1860 and 1890 - by looking through the army lists it should be possible to match the sword up to the officer. The shagreen grip is in good condition and once cleaned up this should be a decent sword - the blade is slightly narrower than average. Everything seems solid.

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EL6008 - A Middlesex Yeomanry officer's sword, 1821 pattern hilt with 1845 pattern blade. Blade service sharpened and hilt solid. This is a decent sword and should clean up really well - the metalwork looks in good condition under the grease and grime. It needs a good clean and polish. The shagreen is good, though some of the grip wire is loose. No scabbard.

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EL6007 - A Rifles officer's sword, retailed by Myers & Mortimer, London. Placed in the restoration section because both hilt and scabbard are in need of cleaning. The blade is quite good, but would also benefit from cleaning. Some loss to the shagreen at the pommel end. Probably dates to around 1860-1880 and probably for Volunteer Rifles. Very slight set to the blade, which should be easy to correct.

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EL6010 - A superb Rifle officer's sword by Wilkinson, named and numbered (13090 for 1864 manufacture), for an officer of the illustrious 60th Regiment of Foot (King's Royal Rifle Corps / KRRC). Rifles swords barely come better than this - this is probably in the best condition of any Rifles sword I've ever had, plus it's a named Wilkinson to a highly sought-after regiment. The original owner, whose initials and crest are etched on the blade, was Orfeur George Parker, who served in the 60th Rifles for 8 years, during a very busy time for the regiment. The blade has been service sharpened and it seems that this was probably for service in Canada, when the British Army was mobilised initially to oppose a possible United States invasion of Canada (which did not happen) and then various uprisings in parts of Canada. The blade is in original polish, almost perfect. The hilt and scabbard are in similarly superb condition, the leather washer is present and in very good condition, and the grip with its dark shagreen and silver wire is excellent also.

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EL6006 - A Rifle Volunteers officer's sword, 1827 pattern hilt with 1845 pattern blade, with scabbard. Circa 1860-1890. Blade quite clean, steel of the hilt quite pitted. All solid. Blade has a very slight bend which should be easy to correct.

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EL6005 - A Rifles officer's sword, 1827 pattern with 1845 pattern blade. Circa 1845-1890. No scabbard. Blade and hilt steel is all quite clean, everything solid, shagreen and grip wire good.

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EL6002 - A scarce 1788 pattern light cavalry officer's sword. Dark patina all over, with light pitting in most parts. Ebony grip. Construction solid. Engraving on the blade visible, showing the GR cypher and crown, as well as a cavalryman on a horse. No scabbard.

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EL6004 - A good quality Bavarian light cavalry or horse artillery officer's sword. Blade bright and with clear engraving, featuring a clipped-point. Steel hilt, with leather and wire grip, all in good condition for the age. A very slight bit of movement in the hilt, but all secure. No scabbard.

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EA5109 -  A Rifles officer's sword. Reasonable condition overall and everything solid. Blade and hilt with grey patina, etching to blade clear. Shagreen and grip wire good.

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EA5115 - A 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre, no maker marked. This is slightly non-standard and may either be a private order for yeomanry, or perhaps an officer's weapon. The side-slot for the sword knot is not common. There is a little loss to the pommel-end of the wooden grip, but considering the age, the cord and leather covering to the wood is good. The blade has some very light pitting, but is in generally good condition, with the leather washer intact.

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EA5111 - An Indian Army cavalry trooper's sabre, c. 1880-1918. This example has a very clean and good condition blade, with some very light pitting on one side. Solid in the hilt. Guard and backstrap with pitting and leather of the grip gone, leaving bare wood and grip wire in place. It comes with a native-made tulwar-style scabbard. Remains of the maker's name on the spine of the blade, perhaps Bourne.

265 -ON HOLD-
EA5019 - A French infantry officer's sword M1882, from around WW1. Excellent condition blade and hilt, some corrosion to the plating of the scabbard. There is a little bit of movement in the hilt.

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EA5102 - An exceptional French nobleman's non-regulation 'fantaisie' cavalry sword, featuring the monogram of the aristocrat. These non-regulation swords became popular among well-heeled French officers in the 1880s and 1890s - article here. This sword has a formidable 37 inch blade which has been well service sharpened and handles wonderfully. The brass guard with its multiple branches is in good condition and the hilt is solid on the tang. The horn grip is in very good condition and only a few strands of the grip wire are missing. The maker PETITFILS is visible on the ricasso.

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EA5094 - A late-Victorian Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) officer's sword by Edward Thurkle. Dating to around the 1880s, this is a sword to a highly sought-after regiment, though unfortunately not in great cosmetic condition. The sword is all solid and complete, though it has dark patina overall and some areas of light pitting to the steel. Despite this, most of the blade etching is visible and the edge has been service sharpened and shows signs of use and resharpening. It's likely therefore that this sword accompanied its officer on campaign in the 1880s or 1890s. A good bit of history, at a reasonable price in accordance with the condition.

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EA5113 - A Wilkinson light cavalry officer's sword made in 1893 for  G E Mackay Esq of the Wiltshire Yeomanry (copy of Wilkinson record included). The 35 inch blade is in quite good condition, with some light pitting in places, but the etching clear and structurally sound, firm in the hilt. The guard and backstrap in reasonable condition, matching the blade. The grip has about 25% loss to the shagreen, but most of the silver grip wire is in place. Everything rock solid in the hilt, a good quality sword that feels great in the hand.

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EA5106 - A mid-Victorian infantry officer's sword 1845 pattern, retailed by Gillott & Hasell, made by Thurkle (probably Benjamin). Overall in nice condition, with a bright blade and clear etching. The scabbard with light pitting and the thinner strands of the grip wire gone. Otherwise the grip is good, with fairly good shagreen. The guard has been bashed a bit in use and as a result there is a little movement in the assembly, though overall the hilt is secure.

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EA5100 - Highly unusual French Napoleonic era infantry officer's broadsword. I cannot find a counterpart for this sword, but it is absolutely in the French style. There is always the possibility that it was made for an officer of a country with political and military ties to France, such as Spain or Poland. The guard and grip are basically similar to First Empire French infantry officer's sabres, while the 33 inch broadsword blade is incredibly unusual and distinct. It is in good overall condition, with even patina to all metal parts and minimal pitting to the steel blade. The hilt is firm on the hilt with just a tiny bit of movement. The chequered wood of the grip is a little worn, as you would expect of the age, but basically sound. A very rare sword.

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EA5075 - An extremely unusual marriage between a French M1767 infantry hanger hilt and a non-European blade. The M1767 hilt is not commonly encountered and is a nice find by itself, but the real gem here is the blade, which features a maker's stamp and may possibly be wootz. I cannot easily place this blade at all - you find interupted fullers of this style on Indo-Persian blades sometimes,  but the overall shape of this blade is not particularly like Indo-Persian swords. Of course it is possible that it was made specifically to order for a European, but I feel that it must have been taken from a native sword, somewhere in the French Empire. Perhaps even South-East Asia, though it could equally be from North Africa. A real puzzle! The blade has light pitting and while the hilt is in nice condition generally, it is unfortunately quite loose on the hilt - I think this could be remedied if desired, by someone who knows how to tighten peened hilts.

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EA5117 - An early 1821 pattern light cavalry officer's sword, featuring the characteristic early features of the very extended pommel and widely curled rear quillon. The pipeback blade is devoid of any decoration, but has clearly had some kind of service life, being extremely well sharpened, probably repeatedly. The blade is in very nice condition and solid in the hilt. The leather washer is in place and the shagreen and grip wire is all very good. The scabbard and hilt have matching light surface rust, which should clean off well with a little careful effort. A very nice early example of the type which glides in the hand.

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EA5116 - A 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre and scabbard, no maker marked. This is probably an officer's private purchase example, but could also be privately purchased for yeomanry. The scabbard and hilt have been painted black, I'm not sure whether this is period or later. The blade is very clean indeed, having been well protected in the scabbard. Everything is quite tight and the leather washer is still in place. Woodworm have attached the wooden and leather-bound grip at some point, but this appears solid and stable. The scabbard carried plenty of dents from hard use on horseback and on foot, especially having a lot of small dents to the front where the scabbard would bash against steps or curbs in wearing. A good honest example of the pattern that would benefit from further cleaning.

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EA5114 - A 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre, by Woolley. A good example with a good blade. A little loss to the leather and some light pitting to the hilt, but overall a very nice example. Will benefit from further cleaning. Leather washer still present. There is a government inspector's stamp on the blade. No scabbard.

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EA5112 - A mid-19th century version of the 1796 light cavalry sabre, made by Mole of Birmingham for Indian cavalry troopers. These are rather rare and often get wrongly described as Napeolonic versions of the 1796 sabre - in fact these are rarer and seem to have been made around the time of the Indian Mutiny and just after, for a relatively short period of time. Blade with patina and some light pitting, but in solid condition, with a service-sharpened edge that shows the signs of active service. Solid in the hilt. Hilt construction all solid, with some loss to the leather covering of the wooden grip. A rare piece, possible Mutiny association and lovely to wield.

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EA5110 - A Scottish Rifles officer's sword, by Wilkinson, given by Major-General Ranken to his son Arthur William Ranken in 1878. A W Ranken achieved the rank of Major in the Scottish Rifles, having originally commissioned into the Cameronians, who were merged into the Scottish Rifles in 1881. Major-General Robert Ranken, of the 35th Madras Native Infantry, had a long Army career and served during the Indian Mutiny. Both father and son died in the 1890s and are buried together in Portsmouth.
This is a top quality Rifles sword by Wilkinson, as you would expect of a piece ordered by a General for his son. Its blade is 33 inches long by 1 inch wide - the Wilkinson proof book page, a copy of which is included in the sale, confirms all this and also shows that the blade was originally mounted with a brass infantry hilt, which was presumably updated to a Rifles hilt in 1881 when the Cameronians merged into the Scottish Rifles, under the Cardwell reforms. The blade is a little dull in finish, which could be improved with some cleaning/buffing. There are some small nicks to the edge. There is a tiny bit of movement in the wooden grip, but the shagreen and grip wire are good.

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Major-General Robert Ranken:
EA5107 - An infantry or possibly Royal Army Medical Corps officer's sword. This sword is somewhat of an enigma, featuring a post-1892 Victorian blade marked to the West Yorkshire Regiment, with a George V (WW1) era hilt of the type that was only used at that date by the RAMC. It is my opinion that with these jigsaw pieces and some research, it should be possible to work out the officer or officers who owned this sword. Either someone who was in the West Yorkshire Regiment volunteers/militia and then moved into the RAMC, or possibly someone who had a son or other relitive go into the RAMC and gave them his sword to be re-hilted around WW1. The blade is bright and clean, if somewhat worn in regard to the etching. The hilt is in lovely condition, with bright gilt and dark shagreen. The sword blade was retailed by Greenwood and according to the proof slug was made by Edward Thurkle, a top maker. An attractive sword with fun research potential.

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EA5105 - A nice Edward VII Rifles officer's sword and scabbard. In good condition, with even blue-grey patina to all the steel parts. The etching is somewhat faint, but everything is there and in good condition. The blade is firm in the hilt, the shagreen and grip wire are good. The blade is a bit broader than is normal for the 1892 type blade, giving the sword a nice robust look and feel. Made by Gaunt and Edward Thurkle's company after his death - a very good quality maker that rivalled Wilkinson and Pillin.

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EA5118 - An 18th or 19th century Indian tulwar, with the running wolf stamp on both sides of the blade. The mark may either indicate British or German manufacture, or local manufacture immitating European blades. The blade is solid in the hilt, with light pitting and a bit of a bend to the blade.

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EA5108 - A Rifles officer's sword. Plated blade with some lifting of the plating. Grip and hilt good. In need of some attention.

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EA5104 - A George V infantry officer's sword and field service scabbard, by Wilkinson. This sword is unresearched and in overall good condition, but requiring a good clean. There are a couple of small areas of rust on the blade, very limited, which need cleaning, as well as the whole hilt being a bit grubby. It could be cleaned up to modern parade standard without much effort. The original sword knot is still wrapped in position. A top quality infantry officer's sword by the best maker, which puts the modern-made offerings into the shade.

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EA5096 - A lovely example of a George IV infantry officer's sword (1822 pattern), with the officer's name and dedication etched on the blade. The dedication reads "G H Layard - The Gift of his UNCLE H L". This seems to be George Henry Layard of the 89th Regiment of Foot (1806-1848), who I believed was commissioned in 1825, which tallies with the date of the sword and makes it a nice early example of the pattern. It is very rare to get officers' identifying marks on pipe-backed swords of this period for some reason, so to have this one identified is lovely. A very nice example of the pattern, with 'Warranted' etched to the blade and the remnants of the maker's name, which unfortunately have been polished out. It is a top quality piece and everything remains tight and solid, with very good shagreen and grip wire.

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EA5093 - A mid-Victorian 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword, retailed by Hamburger. This sword has been extensively service-sharpened, with the whole edge bevel being reprofiled to provide a better cutting edge. This suggests an interesting campaign life, but sadly there is no way to match it to a specific officer. It could have been carried in any of the campaigns of the 1850s or 1860s. Sadly there are some cosmetic issues - the wood grip and shagreen have shrunk a little, probably from water damage in the past, resulting in a little movement between the hilt and tang. Despite this, the grip is in okay shape, with the grip wire in place and the leather washer remaining. The blade is mostly bright and with clear etching (where it has not been sharpened), though there are some patches of rust which require attention.

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EA5101 - A nice example of the French 1882 pattern infantry officer's sword for a 'superior' officer, featuring the straight, double-fullered, double-edged blade. The 32 inch blade is very bright and in excellent condition, housed in its matching scabbard. The nickel guard and backstrap are in good order, and the horn grip has a pretty translucent quality. The grip wire is in place. There is a tiny bit of movement between hilt and tang. This sword probably dates to around 1900.

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EA5103 - A rare non-regulation 'fantaisie' infantry officer's sword. These non-regulation swords became popular among well-heeled French officers in the 1880s and 1890s - article here. The complex blade-section of this sword is beautiful and I have never seen another like it. The 34 inch blade is bright and in great condition, being tight in the hilt. The bronze hilt is also in superb condition, with gorgeous patina which I would not polish. The horn grip and grip wire are also in good condition and this is a lovely piece, made by top French maker Coulaux & Cie of Klingenthal. A really unique piece from around 1890-1910.

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