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British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer’s Sword

A Rifles officer’s sword, retailed by Royal outfitter Hawkes & Co. This is a very nice quality sword, probably for regular Army rather than Rifle Volunteers, due to the quality and service sharpened blade. The hilt and scabbard were nickel plated and so are in great condition - bright and clean. The shagreen and grip wire is in top condition. The blade is in good condition with mild patination (it is the only metal part of the sword which is not nickel plated!), slightly faded etching, but mostly clear. The blade has been very much service sharpened and has a few little dings to the cutting edge. The number 1868 on the spine of the blade could indicate the year of manufacture - I would have placed this sword a little earlier than that, but 1868 is plausible. A nice sword and a good example of the type by one of Great Britain’s most illustrious outfitters (hence the Royal Warrant etched on the blade).

Group portrait of seven officers of the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance. Note the pyramid in the background. Identified left to right (back row): Captain Roy William Chambers; possibly Captain Balcombe Quick; Captain Christopher Norman Matheson, smoking a pipe; Major William Weston Hearne, who, as Acting Director of Medical Services, 5th Division, was killed by a shell fragment on 17 October 1917. Front row: Captain Andrew Victor Honman, who died on the Western Front on 20 May 1917 after being gassed; Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Hobart Sturdee, seated on a deck chair; Captain Charles Morley, Quartermaster.

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Centrefire Semi-Automatic Pistol with Stock from Germany dated about 1899 on display at the Royal Armouries in Leeds

The Mauser C96 “Broomhandle” had become very fashionable and the Mauser was most advanced and expensive. Such weapons were used by the Boers in South Africa, this one being seized by the Royal Scots Fusiliers.  The wooden holster-stock has been carved with ’R.S. Fusiliers, Boer War, 1899-1900-01-02’ set around a South African Republic coin.

The coin is the Krugerrand named after the man on it, Paul Kruger the third President of the South African Republic and famous for his opposition to the British Empire during the Second Boer War. He was a controversial figure not just for fighting the Empire but also for his treatment of Black Africans in the Republic