There is a significant amount of original gilding remaining to the hilt, particularly on the inside. All waistbelt hardware in gilt gold finish. Some consider this model to be the best fighting sword ever issued to the British officer. We assume no liability associated with misuse of our products. The steel scabbard has a two ring suspension system. Only after close examination of the etching on its 33 inch high carbon steel blade can you tell it is British. We have approx 55,000 images of over 6,500 swords.
Confirm Password Error message here! 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. This is an exciting and comprehensive site to help and is designed to hold a vast library of information of use to the antique sword collector. 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. The sword's hilt consists of a steel bowl guard, a simulated rubber grip, and steel pommel. The brass scabbard likely indicates that this was for a Major or higher rank field officer. 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. Our entire edged weapon inventory is constantly and carefully grown and curated, so please check back frequently for new items.
The solid bowl guard is pebbled to create the illusion of negative space, and in the centre is, of course, is a crown and fouled anchor. The 32 inch blade is very bright and in excellent condition, housed in its matching scabbard. The popular 18th century design of the figure '8' iron hilt was retained but the horn or leather grip was wisely abandoned. Unlike the pattern 1827 naval sword, the lower jaw of the loin is quite visible as it clinches the sword knot ring in its teeth. Hilt construction all fairly tight.
User name Error message here! 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. Called the 5-ball Spadroon because of the 5 ball decoration on the hilt, this pattern proved quite popular and even the French and American army officers adopted it as their own. During this event Nelson first captured a Spanish ship then used his prize to board and capture another. The shagreen and grip wire is basically perfect. This is a decent sword and should clean up really well - the metalwork looks in good condition under the grease and grime. Some light pitting to all steel parts. 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.
Blade 83cm long by 3. The hilt is a little loose. The guard and backstrap in reasonable condition, matching the blade. Alternatively, some people may prefer to just clean it up a little the brass will buff up easily and display it. Question: Why the low price? With some work it should be possible to identify the officer. Hence it being placed in this section.
Woodworm have attached the wooden and leather-bound grip at some point, but this appears solid and stable. First introduced in 1827, this sword even found its way into the hands of the officers of the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War. Of course the blade also has the requisite finely executed etching. The scabbard for field service present, though somewhat worn from use. Dark patina all over, with light pitting in most parts. The hilt is pretty much perfect, all solid, the shagreen and grip wire great. 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.
We photographed it without as it matches the historic image above. Either way, it is being sold here as a project, priced accordingly. Enter our webstore and view the very best selection of original Antique Samurai Swords, Militaria, American Swords, British Sabres. 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. These non-regulation swords became popular among well-heeled French officers in the 1880s and 1890s -.
What is surprising is that the hilt is totally solid on the tang still! 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. Yet British Commonwealth officers are forced to pay three times that price for their swords. So whether you collect merely for fun or view it also as an investment, please come to antiqueweaponstore. There is a government inspector's stamp on the blade. This design is first attributed to John Simpson, a Freeman of the Glasgow Hammermen, in the 1690s. The blade is in original polish, almost perfect. The shagreen is in good condition and most of the wire is there, though the thicker strand is gone.