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BRITISH EMPIRE SWORDS FOR SALE
NEW ITEMS COMING!  
EL6054 - A very nice late-Victorian heavy cavalry officer's sword (1821 pattern hilt, 1845 pattern blade). This example clearly marked to maker Robert Mole of Birmingham and probably dating to the 1880s (definitely pre-1896). The big 35 inch blade is in lovely condition, with mirror polish contrasting with frost etching, just a few minor blemishes. It is firm in the hilt and the leather washer is present. The guard is nickel-plated and in very good condition also, just with small bits of loss to the plating at the edges - the same being true of the backstrap, which features the chequered thumb-placer. The pommel also features crisp chequering. Everything is solid and the shagreen appears to be ray rather than shark skin, with some fading to the black staining and the thinner strands of wire now missing. Housed in its plated steel scabbard, also in reasonable condition. A very nicely made and robust big sword from a great maker.

SOLD
EL6053 - An extremely rare Victorian infantry sergeant's sword by Wilkinson, in fine condition. I have never seen a comparable example and this sword raises many questions. The form of the blade (fullered, but with a quill point) was normal to sergeants' swords of the 1850-1880 period. Yet those are usually plain, whereas this is etched like an officer's sword. But it is not numbered, as a private purchase officer's sword would be. It does not have a proof slug, but rather an etched proof mark (presumably because you cannot safety drill a proof slug hole in this type of blade). The guard is in brass and gilded, with a folding inner drop, like an officer's sword of pre-1860. So, what this is precisely remains open to research - if I were to make an educated guess, I would say that it was either a presentation sergeant's sword, or a private purchase sergeant's sword for a sergeant with money to spare. But that does not answer the question of why it is not numbered. Condition wise it is really very good - the blade is mostly bright, with contrasting frost etching, firm in the hilt. The guard is in very good shape with pretty complete gilding and the drop works well. The shagreen is still very dark and in great condition, as is the grip wire. A fantastic sword and it feels great in the hand also - very nimble and lively. No scabbard unfortunately.

SOLD
EL6052 - An Anglo-Indian Royal Artillery officer's sword, retailed by Walter Locke & Co Ltd of Lahore, Calcutta & Delhi (blade probably made by Wilkinson according to the proof slug). Housed in full field service scabbard and Sam Browne belt frog and slings. The blade overall in good bright condition and well service sharpened, but with a patch of pitting where the monarch's cypher would be under the Royal Artillery shield. This sword could be very late-Victorian, but is more likely Edwardian or early George V. A well made sword, probably an export piece by Wilkinson. The shagreen and grip wire good, everything tight and solid. It even has the original sword knot. This was probably carried on the North West Frontier or in WW1.

325 + P&P NEW
EL6049 - A nice example of a Victorian police cutlass - this example etched on the blade to the Staffordshire Constabulary. The sword is complete with its scabbard and the spring catch which secures it is fully operational. The blade, unusually for a police sword, has been service-sharpened. The tip is a little rounded from wear and tear. The sword is in good condition overall, with a bright blade firm in the hilt, the shagreen in good condition on the grip. The scabbard is also in good condition, though the end chape needs re-gluing back onto the end of the leather and some of the stitching has gone from the back of the seam.

295 + P&P - SALE PENDING (D)
EL6037 - A rare Victorian infantry officer's sword, by Phillips & Son of London, featuring the sought-after Reeves' 'Patent Solid Hilt' (a full-width tang construction). This sword has some cosmetic issues with the edge, which has seen some action/abuse. There are a number of small nicks in the edge (please see photos), but otherwise the sword is in good shape. Everything is solid, the patent solid hilt is clear to see and the composition grip scales are complete. There is some loss to the grip wire and one of the pins (but everything seems to be solid). The brass guard and backstrap are in nice shape and the etching of the blade is deep and clear. Notably, there is the officer's initials and crest (an armoured arm holding a dagger) on the blade, which I have not researched. With some work it should be possible to identify the officer. A rare and desirable sword - it being very unusual to find these patent hilts to retailers other than Wilkinson or Reeves. Pillin, Mole, Garden and Phillips did offer them occasionally, presumably through paying a patent fee to Charles Reeves (and later Wilkinson, who bought out Reeves' company). The field service scabbard is also interesting, almost certainly indicating colonial service, probably in India or somewhere in Africa.

695 + P&P
EL6025 - An 1899 pattern cavalry sword, with unusual scabbard and service sharpened. This sword is in good condition and the hilt and scabbard have been deliberately browned for active service (probably Boer War). The sword was made at Enfield in 1901 and has various relevant markings. The scabbard is unusual, having two rings on the same side, rather than the usual opposite/parallel rings for saddle mounting. This is similar to the 1889 pattern infantry sergeant's sword, though this scabbard fits this blade perfectly and they obviously belong together - it may indicate mounted infantry rather than cavalry use. The blade is in really good condition, with a well service sharpened edge and point.

425 + P&P
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.

SOLD
   

OTHER SWORDS AND WEAPONS FOR SALE
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EL6052 - An Italian M1871 cavalry sword, featuring the characteristic pipe-backed blade and thumb recess which marked out this pattern from previous Italian cavalry swords and set the model for later Italian types. Everything is tight, the sword sheathes well in the matching steel scabbard and the steel is all in nice condition with some patina and only small areas of light pitting in places. There are traces of plating to the backstrap and pommel. Various numbers and markings showing to blade and hilt. The wooden grip has a tiny split near the pommel, but this seems stable. An iconic sword design of the late-19th century which Sir Richard Francis Burton considers in his famous 1876 manual on swordsmanship.

360 + P&P
EL6045 - A good quality early-20th century Italian cavalry officer's sword M1873. Of high quality, with extra-detailed etching to the blade, even having etching to the back spine of the blade (pictured). The clipped point was a characteristically Italian feature. The ricasso is marked to maker Gilardoni of Milan. There is some loss of the nickel plating in places, but overall the sword is in good condition and everything is solid. The blade has been service sharpened in the foible.

325 + P&P

RESTORATION SALES - NEEDING MORE ATTENTION THAN AVERAGE. PRICED TO MOVE
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EL6055 - A mid-20th century (George VI period) infantry officer's sword by Wilkinson, curiously with a plain blade rather than etched (for a sergeant?). The reason it is in this section and priced accordingly should be obvious from the photos - some fool has got paint all over it. Luckily the paint seems to come off fairly easily and there seems to be some varnish? mixed in, plus some areas of very light rust where the paint wasn't! I was going to strip this off myself, as it's a Wilkinson and seems to be in decent condition underneath, but sadly I have not had time. So I'm selling this on as a fixer-upper. Should be an easy job, if a little time consuming. It's all solid and the grip is decent - it could even be sharpened and used for cutting exercise. The scabbard is in good condition.

SOLD

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EL6032 - An attractive and good quality William IV era light cavalry officer's sword. The large pipeback blade is in good condition with clear etching and light patina. The whole of the sword is in good condition, with very good shagreen and grip wire, the steel hilt components are clean and with crisp detailing. The leather washer is present, but has obviously shrunk, which has created a bit of space between the guard and blade shoulder, also resulting in some looseness of the hilt. Otherwise a very nice sword and with what appears to be a period sword knot, perhaps indicating that this was carried by an artillery officer.

SOLD
EL6051 - An absolutely superb 1857 pattern Royal Engineers officer's sword, made by top maker Pillin of London and carrying an extra-detailed etched blade containing the crest of the original officer (unidentified). This sword is unusually robust and is heavier than an average example of the pattern, having a thick brass guard and deep grip. The condition is excellent, with the elaborate blade etching being deep and complex. The brass is all in good shape, with some expected bumps from wear on the matching brass scabbard. The leather washer is in place and everything is tight. The shagreen and grip wire are excellent. One of the best examples of the pattern I have ever seen, let alone owned. It should be possible to eventually work out who the officer was from the crest - a good research challenge that would add value and interest to the sword.

SOLD
EL6050 - A good 1845 pattern Royal Navy cutlass and scabbard, converted to the new specification (shorter blade and more tapered point) in 1888. Carrying the conversion stamp, as well as the War Department issue stamb and Enfield arms factory approval. The brass plate on the guard probably indicates the rack number, presumably on board a Royal Navy ship. The blade is in nice condition, repeatedly sharpened and with only a few little bits of pitting. The hilt all solid and without movement, surface pitting to the iron guard and grip, with much of the original black paint remaining.

SOLD
EL6048 - A Wilkinson infantry officer's sword dating to the mid-1930s (un-researched proof number). This sword is in nice condition, though it came to me extremely dirty and I have cleaned it up somewhat. It would of course benefit from a bit of extra cleaning. During and after WW2 officers' swords got progressively more flimsy in construction and I view this pre-WW2 period as the last that British swords were still being made as fighting weapons (even if they were almost never used as such anymore). This sword is materially identical to examples made during and before WW1, being a lovely solid example of Wilkinson's best craftsmanship. In fact this example bears the hexagonal proof slug indicating the purchaser paid extra to have it double-prooved and with extra detailed etching. The blade is firm in the hilt and all the shagreen and grip wire is there. The nickel plating is c.98% complete. The scabbard is also in good condition.

SOLD
EL6046 - A scarce Rifles sergeant's sword and scabbard, regimentally marked. The sergeants' swords after around 1850 are characterised by the unique feather-like cross-section of their points, rather than the spear-points of officers' swords. This example has a Birmingham proof mark, but the maker's name is obscured - it was probably either Mole or Reeves. The guard, backstrap and scabbard mounts have rust-related pitting, but the grip shagreen and wire are very good and the blade is bright and clean. There are some very small nicks on the edge of the blade, presumably from someone messing around with another sword, but these could be polished out easily I think. Everything is solid and this is not a common model of sword to find at all, especially with the leather and steel scabbard surviving. There are regimental markings to the throat of the scabbard (pictured) and I believe these indicate the Devonshire Rifle Volunteers. This sword could benefit from some gentle cleaning and would be a good example for a pattern collection.

SOLD
EL6047 - A good Wilkinson infantry officer's sword, to a named officer (Herbert Homfray Esq). The blade dating to 1884 (see proof record below), which was clearly re-hilted in 1895/96 to meet the new infantry officer sword regulations. This therefore features the slightly-curved 1845 pattern cut and thrust blade (in this case 33 inches by 1 inch) with the very practical steel guard and fully chequered backstrap introduced in 1895. Everything is solid and the condition is very good, with bright plating to hilt and blade. The scabbard is also in good condition, as is the shagreen and grip wire. There are a few little nicks in the un-sharpened edge of the blade, one being more notable than the others (see photos). I have priced the sword accordingly to that nick, but otherwise this is a really lovely sword in great condition.

SOLD


EL6044 - A fantastic robust-bladed example of a Highland field officer's sword, by Mole of Birmingham. Highland officers of Major and higher rank were permitted to wear these special Scinde Cavalry scroll hilts on their broadsword blades, but being that this was a pattern only for Field Rank officers of Highland regiments, these swords do not come around often. Additionally, this is a Victorian example (most surviving ones are George V) and given the straight fully-chequered 1895 pattern backstrap, must date to 1895-1901. There is patina and some light pitting to the guard and the matching Highland scabbard (with characteristic Highland ball at the drag end), but the blade is in original mirror polish, with beautiful contrasting frost etching, crisp and clear, featuring Victoria's cypher, floral motifs and Highland thistles. The shagreen and wire grip is in fairly good condition, if a little wor, and the original red and blue liner is still intact and in situ. The silk tassle has gone. The blade of this example is broader and more robust than any other example of this pattern that I have owned and this feels fantastic in the hand. Everything is tight. A rare and really lovely sword.

SOLD
EL6042 - A Victorian 1897 pattern infantry officer's sword, by Pillin, with a silver-plated hilt. Being an 1897 pattern and having Victoria's cypher, this sword dates to 1897-1901 and it has been service-sharpened. Therefore it probably saw service in one of the campaigns of the end of the 19th century (eg. South Africa or Afghanistan) or WW1. The proof slug identifies the top maker Pillin and the etching shows that the sword was retailed by Johnstone of London. The hilts are normally either plain steel or nickel plated at this time, but very unusually this has been silver-plated (guard, ferrule and backstrap), suggesting an officer who wanted to splash some extra money on his sidearm. The shagreen is in good condition and most of the wire is there, though the thicker strand is gone. The scabbard fits well and is in good condition, original to the sword (with some minor period repairs to the leather, presumably from service). The etching of the blade is fairly faint and there is some patchy patina, but the blade could be buffed up a bit.

SOLD
EL6038 - A British Napoleonic era (probably 1796-1803) infantry officer's sabre, with scabbard. Sadly in a sorry state! The positives of this sword are that the hilt is fairly secure, the leather of the grip is present, the brass guard and backstrap are decent and amazingly it has the leather and brass-mounted scabbard. These are nice swords which emulate the 1796 light cavalry sabre, but are made lighter or more nimble for infantry officers. The reason that it is in this section is that the blade in particular needs a LOT of work. The scabbard was obviously allowed to stay damp for a long period and this has resulted in extensive rust, which has eaten away at the front and back edges near the tip (see photos). Someone has subsequently had a go at cleaning off some of the rust, but they didn't do much. This blade could be brought back to a fairly decent state with some hours of work. Personally I would re-shape and profile the tip completely. You could even remove the last couple of inches and put a new point on (something which was done historically if a sword was damaged at the tip). Alternatively, some people may prefer to just clean it up a little (the brass will buff up easily) and display it. Either way, it is being sold here as a project, priced accordingly.

SOLD
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.

SOLD
EL6043 - An absolutely superb 1866-dated Wilkinson infantry officer's sword, in top condition (numbered 14449). This sword is almost like new, with the blade looking practically like the day it was sold. There is a high degree of original gilding remaining to the brass hilt, the shagreen and grip wire are fantastic and it still has the original optional leather guard liner (though this has become stiff with age and has some cracking and curling). The hilt is, of course, firm on the tang and the brass scabbard is in excellent condition. The proof record for 14449 (attached on the photos page) identifies this sword as sold to Captain J. G. Potter. There was a Captain John Gerald Potter in the Lancashire Rifle Volunteers, but he retired from the volunteers in 1861 and was thereafter a Liberal MP. If this is the correct person then it's possible he was buying this sword as a gift for another officer, as the record only shows who the sword was sold to. It's possible there was another Captain Potter and there is research potential here. An absolutely fantastic example of the pattern, by the top maker of the day. You would be hard pressed to find one from this period in better condition.

SOLD
EL6041 - A late-Victorian Royal Navy officer's sword and scabbard. All complete, hilt firm, scabbard complete, hilt drop and catch working well, the shagreen and grip wire good. This sword needs a good clean, but the blade was covered in grease and after cleaning will be decent. I cannot quite make out the etched retailer's name, but it is there and the etching in general is all visible, despite being quite faint. The brass of the hilt and scabbard will of course polish up bright quite easily.

SOLD
EL6040 - A Wilkinson infantry officer's sword with an 1845 pattern piquet-weight blade numbered 29678 (dating to 1889), unresearched, which was re-hilted to the new regulation hilt in 1895 or 96. Overall in reasonable condition, but could benefit from some cleaning. The hilt tight on the tang, the shagreen mostly good and the grip wire present.

SOLD
EL6027 - A rare Army Service Corps (ASC) cavalry sword from around WW1 (pre-1918, when the ASC became the RASC). The blade clean and bright in original polish, with good etching, firm in the hilt. The hilt in need of some cleaning, the grip good. The scabbard for field service present, though somewhat worn from use. A nice medium-sized light cavalry sword with uncommon markings.

SOLD
EL6039 - A nice and complete example of a Victorian police hanger/cutlass, dating to c.1860-1890. This example has no maker or retailer's mark that I can see, but is in very nice honest and uncleaned condition, with a bright blade and patina to the brass. These could of course easily be buffed up to bright very easily. The scabbard is complete and the spring catch and button intact and functioning. The shagreen is all very good and the hilt solid. A good example.

SOLD
EL6036 - Probably the best 1822 pattern infantry officer's sword that I've ever had, dating to George IV's reign (therefore dates to 1822-1830). The pipeback blade is in high polish and has been kept very clean - the etching is visible, though from a long period of polishing has become quite faint. The blade is tight in the hilt, with only the tiniest movement in the guard if you really try to find it. The brass of the guard and backstrap is in superb shape, with the folding drop working perfectly and staying in either position. There is a fair amount of gilding remaining to the brass. The shagreen and grip wire are basically perfect. The leather washer is still present and the scabbard is of brass, with a brazed repair halfway down. The presence of the brass scabbard (rather than a leather one with brass fittings) may indicate that the officer who owned this sword had a long career. The blade edge appears to have been service sharpened during its life.

SOLD
EL6028 - A Wilkinson infantry officer's sword, numbered (8491) and dating to 1857. Unfortunately no name is recorded on the Wilkinson proof book for this sword, but nevertheless is is Wilkinson's best work from the year of the Indian Mutiny breaking out. The blade is somewhat dark with patina, which could be brightened, but which I have left as is. The brass guard and backstrap are in good condition and the shagreen and grip wire are also very good. The blade has the usual excellent and detailed etching of Wilkinson's workshop and the leather washer is intact (no scabbard). The tip is a little blunted, but that too could be remedied if desired. A nice early Wilkinson.

SOLD
EL6024 - A late Victorian (1895-1901) Rifles officer's sword, retailed by Hobson and made by top maker Pillin. In overall very good condition, with the officer's initials etched to the blade, housed in its nickel-plated scabbard. All nice and bright with very clear etching and most of the original polish remaining, everything it solid and tight.

SOLD
EL6030 - A 1796 pattern light cavalry officer's sabre, with the blade and grip in superb condition. This sword lacks any maker's mark and there is an area of pitting in the middle of the backstrap - it also has no scabbard. But otherwise it is in really fantastic condition, with a very bright blade which is solid in the hilt. The leather washer is in place and everything is tight. The leather of the grip is also extremely good for a 200 year old sword and all the grip wire is there and tight.

SOLD
EL6035 - A good quality and relatively early Wilkinson Royal Artillery officer's sword. Numbered 9186 (for 1858), unfortunately this number is in one of the few proof stub books that were lost/destroyed. So unfortunately it is impossible to research, but it remains a top quality example from an interesting period. The blade is a bit dark with patina, but in good condition with detailed and clear etching. Everything is tight and solid. The grip has lost a little of the shagreen, but it's still quite good. The metal of the hilt has light pitting, but is also in reasonable condition. No scabbard.

SOLD
EL6031 - A WW1 era George V infantry officer's sword, 1897 pattern. The blade very bright with crisp and deep etching, firm in the hilt. The guard and backstrap in need of some cleaning and most of the grip wire gone. The shagreen and scabbard in good condition.

SOLD
EL6034 - A Victorian infantry officer's sword, retailed by White and made by Thurkle... with issues! The two reasons that this sword is in the restoration section are that someone has recovered the grip in a rather shiny black leather and replaced the grip wire. These look modern, but are not awful and the hilt is relatively tight. The next problem is that the rear quillon is broken, but strangely still attached to the rest of the guard via some internal wiring. Other that these two issues, the sword is actually pretty decent, with a clean, bright blade by one of the top makers of the day. The rest of the guard and backstrap are in decent shape and there is a scabbard. This could either be a project for someone, or useful for parts, or indeed it would be a fine display piece as it is.

SOLD
EL6033 - A rare late-Napoleonic era British light cavalry officer's sword, featuring an early pipe-back blade and hilt style associated with Indian service. The big thing lacking being the grip! Hence it being placed in this section. If this sword still had its grip then it would be a valuable piece and dating to around 1815 these do not come around very often. A very similar example was owned by Lord Clyde (Sir Colin Campbell). The blade is in reasonable condition, with only some light pitting and a notch in the edge near the tip. The metal elements of the hilt are all present, but have been painted black (easy to strip). What is surprising is that the hilt is totally solid on the tang still! This is therefore a really worthwhile restoration project and it should not be too difficult to leave the hilt secured as presently and build up an appropriate wooden grip around the tang. The result will be a rare and very attractive sword that feels great in the hand. If I had more spare time I would do this myself. Blade 83cm long by 3.5cm wide.

SOLD
EL6029 - A Napoleonic era British infantry officer's non-regulation sabre. The very curved unfullered blade and 1796 light cavalry style hilt is typical of non-regulation sabres being bought by British infantry officers (often serving in flank, grenadier and rifle companies) between 1796 and 1803. This example is a good basic piece with light pitting to the blade and slightly heavier pitting to the hilt. I have placed it in this section because the leather covering to the wooden grip is a modern replacement (not bad quality, but not great) and the hilt is a bit loose on the tang. Despite this, it is a desirable and no so common type of sword, and could be improved with work.

SOLD
EL6026 - A Georgian smallsword with elements of the hilt removed. This sword has lost one side of the shell guard and the knucklebow, but it otherwise not in bad condition. The blade is complete and just needs cleaning, while the guard and pommel retain much of the gilding. The grip is also in good condition. The hilt is a little loose. This is a fairly rare type of George III/IV era court sword/smallsword and would make a fine little restoration project, or make a nice display piece as it is.

SOLD
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.

SOLD
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.

SOLD
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.

SOLD
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.

SOLD
  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.

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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. br>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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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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