Stock Ref: AST 1921

A very fine example of a Napoleonic Cavalry Officers fighting sword in the Mameluke style, probably carried by a senior cavalry officer.

82cm (32.25”) curved flat sided unfullered blade with flat back and mameluke style clipped point. The blade is single edged except for the last 11.5” and has been combat sharpened. The blade is plain.

Characteristic gilt hilt with finely worked cross hilt with foliate designs and two large acanthus bud finials. The backstrap and central portion of the grip is similarly decorated. Marine ivory grip* with two rivets with decorated heads. Sword knot hole in the shaped grip which is decorated with finely worked cross hatching, a half sun ray device and banding.

Maker: Not known

Dated: 1805 – 1820

Black leather scabbard with brass mounts.

The sword and scabbard are in very good condition for their age. The blade is free from rust and has minimal staining. The grip is intact and firm on the tang. There has been a repair to one of the grips. The scabbard is in very good condition and is probably a later replacement.


The grip is we believe made of carved bone or marine rather than elephant ivory. The bone is in the form of a two carved pieces applied either side of the tang. Under the proposed Legislation on Ivory products within the UK this item would be exempt under the de-minimis or 10% rule as it predates 1947. 

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