BRITISH 1821(45) LIGHT CAVALRY OFFICERS SWORD – VICTORIAN – CRIMEAN WAR AND INDIAN MUTINY

Stock Ref: AST 1868

A good example of a fighting weight cavalry officer’s sword dating from the early part of Victoria’s reign with a long service use through probably to the Boer War.

89.5CM (35.25”) slightly curved heavy (fighting weight) blade with rounded back. The blade is single edged except for the last 7” and has a spear point. The blade is etched on both sides with the crowned royal cypher for Victoria and extensive foliate designs. On one side is the makers name and on the other a brass proof mark. The blade has a some time been sharpened but the edge is now dulled.

Steel three bar hilt. Fish skin grip bound with brass wire and stepped pommel with circular tang button.

Maker: C Webb 23 Old Bond Street, London (Charles Webb traded under this name and from this address between 1837-1857)

Dated: 1837 - 1857

Brown leather field service scabbard.

The sword is in very good condition for its age and long service use. The blade is free from rust and staining except for some small old areas of slight pitting along the back edge. The etchings remain clear. The hilt has at some time been blackened and traces of the paint still remain. The fish skin grip has wear commensurate with service use, and there is some shrinkage of the wooden core. The wire bindings are intact.

The scabbard has wear and scuffing to the surface. The sword frog strap is cracked. The seam is intact.

The leather scabbard probably dates from the Boer War, but was obviously purpose made for this sword as it fits perfectly. This suggests that the original metal scabbard may have been lost or damaged, or that its use was discontinued during the Boer War. This could also explain the blackening of the hilt to prevent light reflection.

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