Pattern 1831, RCD Archives

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Pattern 1831, RCD Archives

Postby JustJulian » 13 Apr 2016 14:47

I'm hoping to find some help here!

My regiment's archive currently has a pattern 1831 sword, and we are trying to determine if it belonged to one of our VC winners (Richard Ernest William Turner,from the battle of Leliefontein during the boer war). He made his promotion to Major General in September 1915, and, from what I undrstand, this is the rank when he would have received his pattern 1831 sword.

The sword in question that we have in our regimental archive room has a synthetic handle instead of ivory. I was hoping someone here would know when pattern 1831 swords stopped being made with ivory and started being made with sythetic handles, so that I can date the sword.

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Re: Pattern 1831, RCD Archives

Postby MEversbergII » 13 Apr 2016 17:09

It'll be after 1910, since that's when Micarta seems to have started it's earliest industrial use. I know micarta was one of the early ivory substitutes, at least.

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Re: Pattern 1831, RCD Archives

Postby JustJulian » 13 Apr 2016 17:32

MEversbergII wrote:It'll be after 1910, since that's when Micarta seems to have started it's earliest industrial use. I know micarta was one of the early ivory substitutes, at least.

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